A Sustainable Light-Filled Frankston Home Producing Negative Power Bills
When Robyn and Jonathan Rich started to build their new home with sustainable practices and materials at the forefront, they didn’t think it would turn out as well as it did.
Their small Frankston house, which they designed and built themselves, is not only a delightfully charming home, inside and out, but it has also achieved an impressive 7.9 NatHERS stars.
The structure is made almost entirely from recycled materials; red bricks, old decking and panels from the property’s aged shed! But more than giving the house a warm ‘vibe’, the bricks and concrete floor slab in fact also facilitate comfortable temperature control in all seasons.
Adding to this natural temperature control is a grapevine shade, which blocks sun in summer and allows light and warmth to penetrate in winter. There’s also double glazed uPVC windows throughout and a Zehnder Z350 ComfoAir Heat Recovery Ventilation system with ground loop, providing 24/7 ventilation and heat recovery.
With two independent 5kw solar systems providing more that four times the power the house uses, Robyn and Jonathan often find themselves with negative power bills, as all their excess electricity is fed back into the grid, earning them money.
Robyn and Jonathan’s efforts to make their home as sustainable as possible have also paid off at the bank, with their energy-efficient house producing negative power bills!
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