Melbourne branch

Event Details

ATA Melbourne branch meeting - Energy Freedom - 9 Steps
April 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm

When: Wednesday 20 April, 2016, 6.30 for 7:00pm

Where: Engineering (EN) Building, Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, Room EN515 (if you are unfamiliar with this location view or download this Hawthorn campus map).

Entry: Free.  A gold coin donation to offset costs would be appreciated.

Presenter:  Richard Keech, Beyond Zero Emissions and author of 'The Energy Freedom Home'

Melbourne-based NGO Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) has tried to take the message of their Zero-Carbon Australia reports to the home DIY audience with the Energy Freedom Project which has since turned into a book.  This presentation investigates BZE's way of framing the message of home energy efficiency improvements for the average homeowner.

The Energy Freedom story takes a holistic view of home energy by considering energy efficiency, energy usage patterns and renewable energy generation together.

The presentation will discuss the following;
Minimising losses:

  • draught exclusion
  • insulation
  • widow upgrades and more...

Technology choices:

  • lighting
  • heat pump systems
  • cooking appliances and more...

Usage patterns:

  • when to turn on the water heater
  • when to turn on the washing machine
  • when to turn on room heating/cooling and more...

Along with these topics, the benefits resulting from installing a renewable energy system will be discussed (notably PV) to encourage everyone to take a similar holistic view when planning their own upgrades. It is a very practical analysis of what to do to improve your home, save money and reduce carbon emissions; it also explains the importance of rejecting gas as a home energy source.

Richard Keech wrote the book 'The Energy Freedom Home' for BZE and was a lead researcher of the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan. Richard now works as a home sustainability assessor.

Regards, Peter and the Melbourne branch committee.

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