“You’ll need another mortgage to heat this new house of yours.”
“It will cost you an arm and a leg for your utility bills.”
I feel a bit like the myth buster lads but I’m here to put a bit of fact back into these statements.
The background is in this post when I explored how green these new homes are.
So, the first bills are in.
OLD HOUSE: June 3 – July 31st 2013 in the rental equalled 310 kj per day
NEW HOUSE: June 1 – july 31st 2014 in the new house was 127 kj per day
That is a cracking big difference.
Many factors I suspect:
• The solar hot water is doing a fine job of lowering the gas bill
• The 5-star gas ducted is just so damn efficient
• The house is very well insulated and takes ages to cool down overnight or to heat up
• The airlock in the lounge room means the thermostat can kill the heating pretty quickly
• The firebox has been used on cold weekends as well
Very happy camper.
How about electricity?
• About half of the old house we demolished (used an electric reverse cycle heater a lot of the time)
• Electricity is the same as the rental at 10-12kw per day.
• Early days, but no worse.
I’m yet to put all the energy efficient lights in the house so that should make a bit more of a difference. With no down lights I wasn’t expecting this one to be much of a saving as per the rental house.
I guess we can all thank new building standards and super legislation for 6-stars in Victoria.
The point is that the new house equals massive bill shock is a gross generalisation that is not always the case. Rant over.