Green house powering on

Ben Luffman, the owner of Toormina’s Nangara Eco House shows off his latest ‘in-credit’ power bill.
Ben Luffman, the owner of Toormina’s Nangara Eco House shows off his latest ‘in-credit’ power bill.

FEELING a little out of pocket lately after receiving your latest electricity bill?

Power price hikes have stung many homeowners but not Ben Luffman, the owner of Coffs Harbour’s greenest home, the Nangara Eco House.

His house has been open for display for two months now, and he’s pleased to say it’s saving him money already.

“After all the effort involved in making this project a reality, it is very satisfying that the house is now performing better than expected by saving energy, water and money while being very comfortable to live in,” Mr Luffman said.

Since moving in he’s regularly monitored temperatures inside and outside the house.

Even when the air outside has ranged between 7.4 and 31.5 degrees, inside the temperature has remained stable between 17 and 24.1 degrees.

“This reduces the need for energy-hungry artificial heating or cooling and makes the home far more comfortable to live in.

The features used in the house to control temperature include a northerly orientation, shading, insulation, good ventilation and low-eglazing.

Mr Luffman says the energy and water saving features have also worked.

“The latest energy account was a credit and the water meter has not moved for over a month.

“This is particularly impressive because the solar panels were only switched-on halfway through the three month billing period and the house has a relatively small 1.5kW system.

The home’s other energy and water saving features include rainwater tanks, energy and water efficient appliances, solar hot water and a grey water reuse system.

To find out more about the technology, the Nangara Eco House, 14 Noomba Street, Toormina is open between 10am and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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