East Brighton house

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As you can see it is a very stock standard 1950's style aussie brick veneer.

The question is what can one do you do with this sort of home to make it more efficient?

After speaking to several folks it was clear the the initial focus should be on insulating the roof and installing a solar hot water system.

Solar Hot Water

I investigated Solar Hot Water systems, I read a bit on evacuated tube systems, which claim to be more efficient.

Insulating the Roof

Given that there is very little storage here I wanted to use some of the space in the roof for storage. With this as objective I chose to use polyester insulation instead of fiberglass.

Over the next few years I will document the thought processes we go through as we try to make it a more livable and greener home. One of the first initiatives is likely to be capturing rain water. So I have started with an article on Water_Tanks. The roof looks pretty over grown so I will be trying to clean the green mold off. I am not sure this is necessary, there is probably lots of vitamins in that 50 year old moss. The other thing we are thinking of doing is removing the walls in the centre of the house. The kitchen, living and dining rooms are pretty small. I am having a builder through to figure out if the walls are weight bearing or not.


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