AUCKLAND SOLAR ENERGY HOUSE

Modern 609m2 house with 4.5kW photovoltaics, solar hot water, wetback powering energy efficient appliances. Come and see!

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Organised Tour + Notes

Come and visit Simon and Kristina Cope's solar powered house in Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand, and get to see the following:

Go Up Into The Attic...

Hotwater cylinder.

Where does it get it’s heat from? (What power sources?)

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* (Maybe in the future use this source)………………….

 

The huge hotwater cylinder provides hot water for:

* R………………………………

* Under…………………………

* S……………………………

 

Why such a BIG cylinder of water?……………………………

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What are all the blue, white and black wires in the roof for?..

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Boy! It can get warm up here in the ceiling space. Nice & dry heat too - even in winter... what could we use this heat for?...

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'Child's Play': explaining how the system is simple to operate - the hard bit is thinking through what you want & don't want... this is another reason why people come & tour the solar energy house - to ask Simon questions about what they are thinking of incorporating into their house design. If Simon doesn't know the answer, he usually knows who to ask... All answers are only 'biased' by Simon & Kristina's personal experience!

Inside The House – Look At The Appliances

Stove/Oven.

* What is it powered by? ………………………………...........

* Why use this fuel rather than electricity?………………........

 

Lights.

* What type of light bulbs has Simon used?…………………

* How old are some of these bulbs (most incandescent bulbs only        

  last 1000 hours: ~ 1 year life)? ………………………………..

* Why use this type of bulb / technology?……………………....

* What other types will be able to use in the near future?..........

 

Fridge / Freezer

* What is different about the Fridge and freezer?……………..

* Do you recognise the brands?………………………………..

* Why do you think these brands from Denmark are built like this? ………………………………………………………………

 

BreadMaker / Microwave Oven / Toaster

* Hey! These use electricity to heat things. I thought this was a 'no-no' a solar electric house? So how come you use them?..........

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Dishwasher

* How many litres of water does the brand/ model use to wash a 12 piece setting?.......……………………………………………

As You Go On The Tour We Encourage You To Take Photos & Write Down Notes... We Also Provide Questions / Worksheet To Help You Prompt Us!

Yes! It does look complicated. But in reality the engine bay in your car is WAY more complicated - and not as reliant!! The difference being this system will still be providing oodles of hot water in 50+ years time, 24x7x365 days of the year; having well paid for itself... whereas as you will be onto your 7-8th car by then... (You are right - that wasn't the best analogy!)

Wetback.

* What is one and what does it do?………………………………

* How does it work?…………………………………………….....

* How much power is saved in winter by using one? (i.e. how much power is used in winter to heat your house?) ……………….......

 

 

Radiators. 

(Like you remember from school, the Cope's have radiators in most rooms of the house).

* Why does he do this rather than use an electric heater? …………

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* How could he boost the hot water temperature early in the morning when he doesn’t want to light a fire? ………………………………

 

 

Gas

Why does the house use LPG / Natural gas for the stove / oven rather than electricity?

1.………………………………………………………………

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Solar Energy House C/- Simon & Kristina Cope | 19 Manapau Street, Meadowbank, Auckland 1072  |  New Zealand  |  Contact us now to arrange your tour

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Plently to Look, See & Touch Inside The Solar Energy House In Meadowbank, Auckland

Here people are looking at our freezer that uses 1/4 of the power of a standard F&P freezer... Why is it so much more energy efficient? Come & find out!

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Please click on this link to view Outside house- solar panels/ national grid  page.

Here a group of students are answering some of the questions found on this page... discussing their answers amongst themselves and with the parent-helper... The kids benefit hugely from these discussions!

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Understanding how it all integrates together. Here the students are looking at how the fire boosts the solar hot water during the winter period...

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Looking at the different

PV solar module technologies the kids are discussing pros and cons and learning heaps about sustainable manufacturing techniques and systems!

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Taking the time to explain the different products available on the market is worth it - always get excellent intelligent questions that means the kids are really thinking about what they are learning when touring the solar energy house in Auckland...

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Well it looks like a 'standard' fridge, it works just like a 'normal' fridge... but how come it only uses 1/4 of the power of a standard F&P fridge available here in NZ? Come on the tour and find out why!