Household Case Studies

No two homes or households in Alice Springs are the same. For that reason, the way we use energy and the journey to become more energy efficient is different for all of us. On this page, a number of Alice Springs households share their stories and experiences of becoming smarter about how they use energy and what being energy efficient means to them.

 

Tim Hill and Lisa Kingma

Tim and Lisa have lived in their home since early 2008 and have three children. It is a three bedroom, ex housing commission home facing north and south, with eaves that shade the house in summer and let light inside in the winter.  The Hill-Kingma family has reduced their energy consumption from 13.6kWh per day to 8.5kWh since joining Alice Solar City, meaning they are now using around a third of the average Alice Springs household consumption.

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Jude Mapelson

Jude Mapleson lives in a busy household. With many friends visiting from interstate, the number of people living at her home fluctuates throughout the year. In addition, Jude says she spends more time in her home since retiring, spending lots of time indoors, doing arts and crafts, and lots of reading, meaning she needs her home to offer a comfortable environment. Jude says it is great to compare her energy consumption now, to before she had her home energy survey with Alice Solar City, dropping her average energy consumption from 9.7kWh per day to 5.2kWh per day.

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Adelaide Church

Adelaide and her family, including two children, live in a four bedroom house with an outside studio and a pool. It is rendered brick and has high ceilings with a small roof cavity, which helps to keep the house cool. She often has guests stay in the studio in the backyard, and is often surprised to see how much the household energy use increases during this time. Adelaide and her family have reduced their average electricity consumption from 15.3kWh to 12.5kWh per day over a period of three years.

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Ruth Primrose

Ruth has lived in Alice Springs for five years. Ruth has always strived to live more sustainably and undertakes activities such as recycling paper, glass and cans. She uses a composting system and tries to save water and electricity wherever possible. Ruth has reduced her energy consumption from 13.6kWh per day to an average of 9.9kWh, and even dropped to 6.1kWh in the second 12 month period after having her Alice Solar City home energy survey.

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Roland and Marian Maddocks

Roland and Marian have lived in their current house for 21 years, with four adult children gradually moving out in recent years. Their home is set on a hill exposed to the elements and recently removed trees mean that the house gets a lot of afternoon sun through the west facing walls and windows. There are four split levels in the house and a separate self-contained unit with a boarder. Their energy use has dropped dramatically in the three years since joining Alice Solar City, from 43.3kWh per day in 2008 to just 18.3kWh per day by mid 2011.

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