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As part of National Sustainable Homes Day – 14th of September 2014 – the Transition Town Guildford Sustainable Homes action group organized a bus tour of three far away homes. We visited two in Safety Bay and one in East … Continue reading
Transition Town Guildford has formed a Sustainable Homes action group and this month we will be touring houses as part of the National Sustainable Homes Day (http://sustainablehouseday.com)
We thought it might be a good opportunity to hire a bus, tour a few houses together and in particular visit some homes further a field that we wouldn’t often get to.
The plan is to depart Guildford at 10:30 am, visit two houses in Safety Bay and then another 1-2 houses on the way back. Returning around 4-5 pm. We will be stopping at a cafe/park to have lunch, so please bring extra money for that or pack a lunch.
- 10:15 am – Meet at Guildford Train station (far eastern end) & board bus
- 10:30 am – Depart Guildford
- 11:30 am – arrive Sunny’s house (Safety Bay)
- 12:30 am – lunch and toilet stop at a nearby cafe/park (BYO/ pay for own)
- 1:30 -3:30 pm – visit another house in Safety Bay and 1-2 houses in freo on return trip, TBC
- ~4:30 pm – return to Guildford station
We can only fit 24 people on the bus, so please make sure you register. We are charging for this event as we need to cover the cost of bus hire and fuel. Luckily Sustainable Home group co-leader Colin is a bus driver and providing his services for free 🙂
RSVP essential, please purchase a bus ticket here
Over 25 people attended a house tour held by Town Transition Guildford’s Sustainable Homes Group on the weekend. Group member Martin Chape opened up his house in Bellevue where he explained to them a number of ways of moving off the electricity grid.
Martin’s modern, but Federation style house
The Federation style home has passive solar design features and includes solar and wind charged battery banks to run low voltage lighting and other features throughout the house.
Admiring the solar PV, vacuum tubes and wind turbine on Martin’s north facing roof
The SMA Sunny Island system which allows disconnection from the electricity grid but continued use of regular 240 volt appliances was explained, as well as the importance of understanding where and how electric power is used in order to design such a system. A demonstration of the Current Cost power monitoring system showed how to track and measure power use for this purpose or to merely help reduce power use by identifying which appliances should be replaced to save energy costs. There was also a discussion on utilizing the Sunny Island system to create micro-grids for small groups of homes that wanted to disconnect from the electricity grid.
The audience watching a video on how a micro grid can work
Two solar-powered evaporative air coolers were also on display and an absorption cooling system that utilizes excess heat from a vacuum tube driven solar hot water system during summer. Finally members were shown a soon to be completed solar-powered hydronic home heating system also driven by vacuum tubes.
Some of Martin’s set up and projects
The systems demonstrated may be viewed on Martin’s Facebook page and several are the subject of his articles published in Renew magazine.
The high demand to attend the house tour (there was a wait list and several people missed out) shows people want to learn more about how to reduce their electricity bills, increase self-sufficiency in energy and live more sustainably.
Full house, unfortunately we have to limit numbers to make things manageable and fit, so please RSVP for future events
The Transition Town Guildford Sustainable Homes group aims to be a forum for people to ask questions and share knowledge about all things related to building, renovating or renting a sustainable home (especially in the eastern suburbs of Perth, WA).