TODAY – Danny Morgan from ‘Synchronicity’ came over to our house in Sydney, to conduct a sustainability assessment on behalf of the Federal Government. Danny walked through our home, looking at our energy and water usage, so to establish actions that can help us save energy and water. This assessment was totally free.
Now that the assessment is over, we will receive a tailored home sustainability assessment in the mail, which is valid for six months. The assessment recommends the best water and energy saving changes we can make to our property and it will outline practical ways for us to get started. Obtaining your free sustainable home assessment report is the first step to qualify for an interest free Green Loan of up to $10,000 from the Federal Government. The idea is to use this money to install solar, water-saving and energy efficient products.
Our number one goal is to install solar electricity and our number two goal is to install water tanks. Believe it or not, installing water tanks is going to be harder to achieve because of our home’s space limitations.
If you live in the City of Sydney, you are mad not to ring Danny Morgan right now to organise your FREE sustainability report. There is no obligation to proceed with the report’s suggestions. You will however get great information on how you can save money on electricity and water and of course make your home more environmentally friendly. You can contact Danny at firstname.lastname@example.org or his mobile 0411 715 770.
If you don’t live in the City of Sydney, call 1800 895 076 to organise a local assessor to undertake your free sustainability report for you.
For more information on the Federal Government green interest free loans, check out www.livinggreener.gov.au or www.environment.gov.au/greenloans
UPDATE – On earlier posts, I mentioned that my household is taking part in Sydney’s Home Energy Consumption Trial. The trial is limited to 100 households within the City of Sydney Local Government area. The key objective of the trial is to educate household members about the operating costs of electrical appliances and to encourage energy efficiency within the home.
Looking at our quarterly electricity bill (1.9.09 to 27.11.09), our average daily usage is 6kWh. This is down from 17kWh from the last quarter and 11kWh the same quarter last year.
My thoughts on the results:
I feel we have definitely lowered our average daily electricity usage but to be honest the real test will be the next quarterly bill. The reason for this is obvious – we have been away for three weeks during this twelve week billing cycle. 25% of the billing cycle we were not in the home to even use electricity. To be fair we need to add 25% to our average daily electricity usage to perhaps get a more accurate result of what our usage might have been if we had not been away. This equates to an estimated 7.5kWh average daily usage. This is still down on the last quarter and down on the same quarter last year.
It was suggested that the difference from this quarter compared to last quarter may be the result of heating costs i.e. last quarter was in winter. We are not big users of heaters but it still may have made a small difference.
Personally I think the reduction of energy use, is due to me not having our office lights on during the day (now that we utilize the sunlight coming through our window). Read more on this. There are six, office down lights using 50kWh of energy each. This is a saving of 300kWh for each hour or 2400kWH for each day. Of course some days the lights have to go on, when the sun isn’t out (like today in Sydney being rainy and overcast).
FUTURE – It will be really interesting to see what will happen once we get our sustainability report back. Just imagine the difference if we do get solar electricity installed!