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Spot the home that will save you money


#1

Whether renting or buying, we explain what to look for in a home that will save you money in energy costs.

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#2

One key point was missed: location.

Some blocks have little or no access to sunlight. Some are exposed to high winds. Suburbs close to the ocean have much milder climates than those more inland. Even 10 kilometres will make a difference, 40 kms will make a big difference. The temperature range on the same day between say Manly and Blacktown is often considerable, on the coast the minimum could be 5C higher and the maximum 5C lower compared to on the plain. In some conditions, say a hot summer day with the nor’easter blowing, near the beach could be 10C or more cooler than inland.

I know beach suburb houses are much more expensive to buy and to rent than inland but so are well insulated brick house compared to un-insulated weatherboard.


#3

Good point @syncretic, location is definitely something to consider if possible. It’s also going to factor into the energy (and time) you spend on travel and no doubt some other things too.


#4

My current car has temp sensors exterior and interior . When I lived in Altona , a bayside Melbourne suburb , it would show , for instance 26c . When I head up to where I live now , Altona Meadows , less than 10 minutes away inland , the temp gauge can go as high as 30c outside temp . I hate the heat so it is costing me , as stated in previous posts , more power for aircon etc . /

Strangely though I often head over to Williamstown , another bayside suburb and it can be 30c where I now live :sob: 25c where I used to live , Altona :heart_eyes: and 31c in Williamstown which is on a peninsula with the bay surrounding it .:astonished: Hmmm strange .


#5

We live on a hill at about 70m elevation. As @vax2000 did using the vehicles exterior thermometer as a measure, there can be a 5c difference at the bottom of the hill, 10m elevation, only 300 meters away from our home.


#6

We live on the Iramoo flood plain . Spirit level flat everywhere . Strangely last night 25-05-2018 our suburb registered the coldest in Melbourne 1.5 C . Today was 20.5 C and I had visitors so no fishing . I bet on Monday and Tuesday which I have free the weather will break . Always the way .


#7

Floods here on occasion as well - 550m above sea level and aside from the mountains that are a tad higher, its fairly flat. Gets below zero some mornings, which feels even colder on the motorcycle before sunrise, but we still have heaps of sunshine - my panels even have some reasonable shading in the afternoon, but luckily diffused as the shading is palms …


#8

I think they call it the Iramoo Flood plain but it was actually formed by now extinct Volcanoes . Was sort of the path the lava took to get to where lava goes .


#9

I think all homes should now be built with decent insulation, solar panels, solar hot water, water efficiency, and correct consideration of placement for best energy efficiency. Also I would like houses to have decent separation from one another so you can’t lean out your window into the room of the house next door, or eat breakfast at their table by just swinging your chair 90 degrees (I’ve seen some of my neighbours breakfasts and I don’t want them :grin: ).