Eco-home pow­ers sav­ings, heap of sat­is­fac­tion

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - JACK LAWRIE jack.lawrie@news.com.au See more photos at cairn­spost.com.au

CLI­MATE sci­en­tist Si­mon Thompson has man­aged to bring his power bill down to al­most zero thanks to clever en­ergy us­age.

Since mov­ing into his home on Petersen St, Fresh­wa­ter in 2015, Mr Thompson and his fam­ily have been steadily up­grad­ing it with sus­tain­able op­tions.

“It started with some big ex­pen­di­tures like in­stalling so­lar and get­ting a white roof to re­flect the sun, but it pays off in the long-term,” he said.

Mr Thompson now only pays $1.90 a month on his power bill.

He was one of eight prop­erty own­ers to open his doors to the pub­lic for Sus­tain­able House Day yes­ter­day.

“We’re an av­er­age fam­ily with av­er­age power use and all the ap­pli­ances we need – we haven’t made any sac­ri­fices to get to this point,” he said.

“We re­duce our en­ergy us­age by be­ing clever with time of use, us­ing large-scale so­lar ap­pli­ance us­age based on when the sun’s in the sky.

“I also have an elec­tric mower and elec­tric bike, which save on fuel and emis­sions in the long-term.

“I pre­fer not to think about just the money – hav­ing it gives me en­joy­ment know­ing I’m do­ing what I can to re­duce car­bon emis­sions.”

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

CUT­TING THE BILLS: Sam Karyanto tries an elec­tric lawnmower at Fresh­wa­ter dur­ing Sus­tain­able House Day.

EN­JOY­MENT: Si­mon Thompson dis­plays a power mon­i­tor at Sus­tain­able House Day, Fresh­wa­ter.

IDEAS: An­nie Wolff and Todd Weller at Sus­tain­able House Day, Fresh­wa­ter.

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