The Ideal House will be utilising an EcoSpring ES300 (300L) Hot Water Heat Pump, which will reduce power consumption by around 70% against traditional forms of hot water heating. This is one of the most critical components in the house to select when wanting to run solely off Photovoltaic electricity production. The unit will sit outside on the Eastern side, and draw only 6.5Amps on economy mode. It will work the same as a heat-pump that heats the air in your home, but it uses the warm surrounding air outside to heat the water in the tank below the compressor. According to Parex, the distributor – this is the most efficient form of heating we can install on the home. We’ve already retrofitted another version of these on a previous house, and watched our hot water bill drop to about $30 a month, so we’re excited to see the performance of this model looking at it’s improved specifications.
We will also be using an Insinkerator E200 for all of the food scraps which can’t be composted, such as meat and bones etc. These units will grind any food waste we can throw at it, and quietly. There has been recent discussion around introducing a fleet of bins and trucks to collect good waste from the sidewalk. We have enough trucks on our road already, and are going to opt to compost as much as we can locally on our own site, and send the rest down the existing (and capable) sewerage system where the byproduct (methane) can be transformed into energy to power the waste plant.
Lastly, we will be installing a K400 Krüshr waste compacting system. This will allow us to sort, and crush our recycling and waste to around one quarter of it’s original volume – meaning we won’t have to put our recycling bin out as often (and reducing the workload on the trucks) and also significantly reducing the number of black garbage bags that are collected from our pavement. You’ve heard about “food miles”, these easy and practical steps ensure we do our part to reduce “waste miles.”