Solar + Battery + Electric car 2021

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House Notes – Solar + Battery + Electric car

We live in a mudbrick house on just over an acre of land. Our aim is to live as sustainably as possible. Part of that is to be reasonably self-sufficient in food and we have large veggie path, substantial orchard and sizeable water tanks. Another part is to use as little non-sustainable energy as possible and we have a large, battery-based solar system which means that we don’t use any electricity from the grid for much of the year. We also have an electric car (Hyundai Kona) which we can plug in and which utilises our surplus solar generation.

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2021
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Deciduous planting around house
      External planting
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Split system airconditioner
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Worm farm septic tank system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Drip irrigation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 140 litres
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • water tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 45,000 litres
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Hyundai Kona
    • Window Protection:
    • Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Railway sleepers
      Timber
      Wine barrels/crates
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 7.5kWh
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 12kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $500,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $60,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $2,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 240 m2
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Mud brick
    • Window and Door Types
    • Skylights
    • Universal design accessability
    • Universal access
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 4
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Bird-nesting boxes
      Chickens
      Community vegetable garden
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Greenhouse
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Swap with friends and neighbours
Location
Eltham VIC 3095
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Open with support of
    • Clean Energy Nillumbik

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