What happens at home visit?
My obligation is to who pays for the energy report not product sales. Starting with a look over whole building, fittings and surrounds with owners and power bills. Because I am not selling anything the report includes all energy saving details often ignored. The clear report starts with the most cost effective improvements.
The report is not a scoring system or sheets of ticked boxes.
The report is an explanation of energy saving and increased comfort for that home
Questions answered and contacts for products and services included if needed.
The report is compiled over a few days after the visit.
Savings may be found for report in:
1. Building structure, fittings and surroundings? (Fixing these, quick return on $)
2. Offers by energy sellers? (Find out what they don’t tell you)
3. Smart meter? (Has hidden features)
4. Solar (avoid the costly traps)
5. Batteries? (find the whole picture)
6. Renovations? (Great opportunities if you know how)
7. Additional technical information and contacts
Commercial interests are pushing popular’ Green’ energy myths to make sales. In the report are the facts that save money.
Solar electricity is not free.
The initial cost of solar panels has to be recovered by lower power bills which means it is energy paid for in advance with hopefully lower bills. Because many are not fitted correctly then the electricity it produces is costlier than buying it from the grid.
Solar hot water is often fitted wrong with low returns on the investment.
Window tinting and window films can make a home less energy efficient.
Some so called efficient heaters use 300% more power.
Australia has many climates which means some products sold as energy efficient
are not suitable for this climate.
Such as what is best in Queensland keeping the sun out all year is the
opposite for Gippsland where we need to have the winter sun in.
About to build?
CSIRO study showed that it can be cheaper to build an 8 -star home than a 5- star home if energy efficiency is in mind in early planning. The star rating is related to the cost of heating and cooling a home.
As an independent adviser I can help at any stage right from buying the block to moving in.
Often early no cost changes make big long term energy savings.
Some options on new homes save builders money but cost you in the long term.
A certificate of occupancy does not always guarantee energy efficiency.
Advice I give will both save on drafting costs and long term energy costs.
Buying a home?
What will power costs be?
Have pre- purchase energy assessment for an idea what power cost could be and any improvements that could be made to reduce energy costs if that home is purchased.
Help to sell
A home assessment looking for existing features and improvements that can be made that would appeal to an energy conscious buyer.
Accredited firstrate 4 29-9- 2004
Accredited firstrate 5 14-5-2009 VIC/04/398
Accredited rater VIC/BDAV/10/0348 25-10-10 to 30-6-15
Member Building Designers Association of Victoria25-10-10 to 30-6-17
Using firstrate5 software energy rated hundreds of homes for building permits
I use National Construction Code, CSIRO reports, Windows Energy Rating Scheme,
Building Authority, Clean Energy Council, Australian Renewable Energy Agency and many technical reports.
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