Inspiring homes open up their doors
AUSTRALIA’S best homes designed for comfort and low bills will be open to the public on Sustainable House Day, taking place on Sunday, September 16.
The national event will give people a rare view into exceptional homes designed, built or renovated with energy efficiency and environmental living in mind and allow them to speak to and learn from homeowners.
Held annually since 2001, the event is run by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), a not-for-profit organisation that promotes sustainable living.
This year, about 250 houses will be open across Australia on Sustainable House Day with more than 35,000 people expected to attend, and three homes will be open in Indigo Shire.
These homes are: Fat Goose Farm, Beechworth; Tane Mahuta House, Yackandandah; and The Snail House, Yackandandah.
Fay Robinson from Fat Goose Farm said she is looking forward to once again being part of Sustainable House Day and showing the continuing progress that has been made there to create a self-sustaining lifestyle.
She and partner Charlie moved to the property in 2007 with the objective of becoming as self-sufficient in food production as was practical.
They have achieved that objective and now live a life where over 90 percent of their food comes from their property.
To do this, they have concentrated on establishing a variety of food-producing areas and then provided the infrastructure to support those.
“It means providing enough water for current and future needs, using our waste as a resource and not having to rely on outside agencies for disposal,” Ms Robinson said.
“We’ve created ornamental vistas incorporating many varieties of fruits and vegetables, and then providing the storage facilities to ensure that we have a year-round supply of food.”
The couple’s water is heated via a solar heater connected to a cast iron stove and a 4.5kW grid-connect PV system allows them to feed excess power back to the grid.
ATA chief executive Donna Luckman said Sustainable House Day was a great opportunity for people to come and learn how to make their own home more comfortable, more liveable and cheaper to run.
“A home that works – that’s well-designed, healthy and runs efficiently in an age of high energy costs – is what everyone wants.
“That’s what people will see on Sustainable House Day this year.”
All homes opening their doors on Sunday, September 16 have a minimum of four sustainable features, including sustainable lifestyles and energy saving and healthy home practices.
To view the profiles and find full details of this year’s homes opening on Sustainable House Day and to register to attend visit sustainablehouseday.com. ADVERTISER, Thursday, September 6, 2018 -
OFF THE GRID: This eco-friendly Tane Mahuta House in Yackandandah is one of three houses in the Indigo Shire to be open to the public for Sustainable House Day next Sunday.