New house rules: five ways to save power
Five power-saving tips from a home owner whose multi-storey abode is 25 per cent more efficient than the standard Australian home.
“I’m a wannabe engineer,” laughs architectural photographer Ralph Alphonso who, a few years ago, set out to build the most environmentally friendly house he could on a tiny, five-by-four-metre block in East Melbourne. Pouring more than 25 years of ideas gleaned from here and overseas into the design, he partnered with 92 eco-building manufacturers to showcase a host of smart, energy-saving products.
The three-storey house, featured on Grand Designs Australia as a “mini-skyscraper”, uses a mix of “passive and active eco-driven processes, materials and performance considerations” to reduce its urban ecological footprint, while adhering to environmentally friendly principles.
In short, Ralph’s 5X4 Hayes Lane Project is a working model of the latest and greatest energy efficiency ideas. Here are his top five tips to make your existing home more energy efficient.