February 07, 2017

Energy Usage Audit. Gas-Elec-Fire Wood-Solar

Our modern day lifestyles have been created in such away that without power its hard to do anything. If we continue to use it at the rate we are, we will not have any left for future generations and the less we have in the ground the more the energy companies will charge us. There is a reason its getting more expensive to buy from the Grid, its becoming rare.
A simple energy Audit can save you money and also the resources we have left.

Saving energy is more that just switching your lights over to energy efficient bulbs, that’s a start. To really save some energy you are required to change the way you think about it.

Most properties that we do audits on, the common things that people think use the most energy are the things that are on the most, Fridges, Lights and Computers. When in fact most of the things that burn most of the energy in our homes are things like kettles, coffee machines microwaves and washing machines.

All of these applications require huge amounts of energy to start the motors or energy to run the item. and a kettle used 3 times day can use more power than a 400 litre fridge.

When it comes to using energy the most efficient way of using it is burning it at the source. Using Gas, Solar or Wood where possible. The reason for burning the fuels on site it will save a loss of energy. For example in Australia. Coal that is processed into electricity has normally travelled quite a distance before it is processed into the grid(transport energy) and then only about 30% of it makes it into our homes as energy the rest is lost. I have heard and seen statistics that say up to 90% of it is lost!

Regardless of the stats I know that when energy travels through lines for a distance you have energy drop, ask an auto electrician when you put a plug at the back of your car its recommended to use larger cables to assist with the energy loss.The way energy works in your car in no different to the grid most of us get power from.

Unfortunately most of our homes were built by Builders who were just doing there job and making the house look good for the client or complying with some crazy laws and standards governments and councils had in place. This has resulted in Dwellings being built that require heating and cooling, So by design you are required to buy energy to heat and cool your house.

Travelling the outback’s of Australia I have seen some amazing houses that do not require any energy to stay at a constant temperature of 19-23 degrees all day and night. One of the best places to get experience this is in Coober Pedy Australia. (some of star wars was filmed there)

Most of the Dwellings in Coober Pedy are all underground and they built Dwellings that suited the environment, how nice would it be never to turn on an air con or a heater ever again?

It just shows that with some forward thinking you can build dwellings that are not energy hungry like most of our urban property built for profits for the builders.