Minimising energy needs

  • Sustainable house
    • ErinEarth has a passive solar (or solar passive) energy efficient home. A passive solar house uses simple design features that are passive and do not require fossil fuels (heat and electricity from coal or gas) to maintain a comfortable temperature. The house looks like many others in the neighbourhood yet is still energy efficient and sustainable.
    • Cool cupboard reduces need to refrigerate vegetables.
  • Gazebo
    • The gazebo is an example of a building constructed using local materials with low embodied energy eg. mud brick
  • “Tree House”
    • The roof frame is made from timbers reclaimed from gum trees felled in a severe storm; the supporting posts from trunks of dead cypress pines; and the circular plate locking the roof together from a plough disc.
  • Storage Sheds
    • Old shipping containers, no longer suitable for the purpose, make fine workrooms and storage units, so that their embedded energy is not wasted.
  • Growing own vegetables
    • Example of reducing fuel costs and “fuel miles” for transporting vegetables from elsewhere. By growing your own vegetable you are also sequestering carbon because plants use carbon dioxide to grow.
  • Removing (sequestering carbon)
    • Composting and mulching — Keeping all organic matter on site, saving fuel costs and increases organic content in soils by continually adding compost and mulch.