If you aim for a zero-emissions house, you can live in comfort, while saving money and the climate. That’s the message from research and practice, according to climate and renewable energy think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions.
Members of the public will have a chance to see it for themselves on Sustainable House Day this Sunday September 9th, when BZE researcher Richard Keech and BZE volunteer Michael Day are showcasing their homes to the public.
Michael has recently won the Yarra Sustainability Awards for "innovation in sustainable design" and has had his home featured in Sanctuary Magazine.
Richard has showcased his home in Moonee Valley and has conducted extensive monitoring and analysis on his house since retrofitting it for sustainability.
“I’ve saved over $14,000 on avoided energy charges since 2007,” Richard said.
“At this rate I’ll repay the upfront costs in about ten years, and in the mean time the home is much more comfortable.
“And after the investment is repaid, I’ll be cutting my cost of living significantly.”