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Household energy efficiency:

  • pelmets - 2009
  • exterior wall insulation - 2007
  • HERS rating - 2007
  • droughts
    • windows - gooped gaps around window frames and added - 2005
    • doors - could do more - 2005
  • double glazing
    • plastic double glazing on most windows - 2007
    • bubble wrap on some windows - 2007
  • Changed to front loading clothes washer - 2007
  • LED spotlights outside - 2007
  • Small solar PV system - 2005
  • kitchen extractor fan - 2006
  • solar hot water - 2006
  • Negawatt home energy audit - 2005
  • distributed heating
    • 2KW heat pump (5KW heating) in lounge - 2004
    • 2KW oil column heater in Adams room - 2004
    • 2KW fan heater in office - 2004
    • 2KW fan heater in bathroom (wall mounted) - existing
    • nothing in main bedroom
  • underfloor vapour barrier - 2004
  • underfloor insulation - 2004
  • insulated all hot water pipes - 2004
  • ceiling insulation (two layers R4 + R1)except extension - 2004
  • hot water cylinder wrap - 2004
  • CFL lights inside - 2004
  • curtains (double layer) - 2004
  • bath extractor fan - existing

Water:

  • 4,000 litres of rain water collection tanks for use on garden in summer - 2007
  • low flow shower
  • reduced size of toilet cistern with 2 litre milk bottle - 2006
  • drip tape on most of the vege plots - 2007

Home waste processing:

  • Bokashi composting of cooked food "waste"
  • Compost bins for all uncooked vege "waste"
  • Shred paper and small cardboard for adding to compost
  • Reusing plastic containers as lunch boxes etc

Home food production:

  • Growing veges in no-dig plots in back yard and on driveway
  • Small fruit trees in front yard
    • lemons
    • apple
    • fijoia
    • ??? something else
  • Some collection of urea for use on fruit trees

Transport:

  • sold car - 2005
    • car share with a friend who lives 5 mins cycle away
    • commute to work by bicycle, buses and trains

Stuff:

  • Trying to buy second hand as much as possible
  • Trying to use our existing stuff for as long as possible
    • Using "old" computers
    • Avoid buying clothes, buy 2nd hand when possible

Community:

  • Started community garden
  • Community pot-luck dinners

To do:

  • Heat recovery ventilation - not yet
  • grape vine over a pergola on west side
  • Add thermal mass?
  • Added more fruit trees, apple and feijoa - 2009
  • Convert front lawn to no-dig vege plots
  • Add drip tape to all vege plots
  • Eat vegetarian more often
  • Have more community events (cheap/local entertainment)


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