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

Contact us today to visit the solar energy house and get extensive hints, tips and notes for free as part of the tour...


Tour / Visit The Solar Energy House In Meadowbank, Auckland This Weekend

(or midweek if that suits you or your group..)

Tour Visit Solar Energy House  |  Organised Tour + Notes  |  Power Generators On The Outside  |  Appliances, Lights, Storage On The Inside  | What Visitors Have Said

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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


Our house is grid intertied, this means we use the national grid as a big battery selling our excess power back to then buy it back at night or when we need more...

If you haven't insulated your home, then all that precious heat you have made is pouring out the walls, windows, doors, ceilings and floors... how to stop it? Ask us!

We GUARANTEE to provide your with up-front honest information you can take away and start to use immediately in your home tomorrow... if you are NOT satisfied we will give you your money back, shake your hand and part as friends.

A group Kiwi's (just like you?) who are doing renovations on their home in the next 6-12 months - they find coming here a valuable experience to get ideas - even it is only to put in the pipes for solar hot water panels on the roof (ready for when they can afford the actual solar panels on the roof), through to learning that it is easier to put the insulation in the walls while building than wishing they could get it in later once the gib is on....


This group was organised by Eion Scott - Eco Design Advisor for Auckland City Council

If you haven't discovered him or his counterpart Fred Braxton at Waitakere City Council then you need to click here - their services are FREE and very complimentary to what we offer here!

Which of These House Problems Do You Want To Beat?

Simon Cope welcoming another group of keen 'Enviroferns' who actively learn at school & implement at their homes (and in their local community sustainable living practices. As part of their course they come & visit Simon Cope's solar energy house to see how others do it!

Integrating your hot water system together - using the sun the do all the hard work, then boost with either a boiler, or gas booster, or electric element, or heatpump, or wetback on your fireplace...

Learn how all of these come together in a simple manner using the KISS formula: 'Keep It Simple Simon'

The Project Has Begun! Stage 1 completed in 2005... 2kW array Of PV Modules & Solar Hot Water Panels On Roof...

Tour Takes 1.5 to 2 Hours... And Is Packed Full Of Info!

Each visit takes between 1.5 hours and 2 hours of Kristina and Simon's time AND you also get comprehensive notes to take home with you. You could spend days / weeks reading lots of American based books and websites on the subject, or you could simply visit us for first-hand advice from people who have imported, used, consulted and made all the mistakes right here in Auckland, New Zealand!


Following is some examples of the concepts, technologies and facts you will learn (that save you thousands of dollars a year in wasted power!)


See How We Transformed This FREEZING Cold State House Into A Stunning Energy Efficient Home For 5 People + 2 Businesses...

As Of July 2009 This Is What Our House Will Transform Into By The Beginning Of 2010. Tour The House To Learn From Our Mistakes & 20+ Years Experience As Electrician, Designer, Specifier, Installer & User of Solar Power...

Click here to read more about touring the Solar Energy House In Meadowbank, Auckland.


If you are looking to build a new house, or renovate your existing house in Auckland, then we recommend you look at the following components of a sustainable house BEFORE you start your house project... You then have a choice on whether you want to use that energy saving technology or service in your home or not...

Come to the Solar Energy House in Meadowbank, Auckland & learn about whether it is worth using...


* Do I install solar hot water system in my house?


* Do I install a wetback, booster for my solar hot water?


* Do I use a fireplace, gas, diesel or heatpump booster?


* Are there LED lights commercially available to replace my compact fluoroscent bulbs?


* Do I install PV solar electric modules to generate power?


* Do I use gas (CNG/LPG) to run my stove, fridge, etc?


* Do I insulate the internal walls as well as the mandantory external walls, ceiling & underfloor? To what 'R value' should I insulate to?


* Do I use double glazing on my windows in my renovation?


* Do I harvest the rain and use it in my house? What will the council allow me to do?


* How should I distribute this heat I have made throughout the house? Via radiators, or heatpump, or heat-transfer system, or via underfloor piping?


* Should I use a dehumidifier in my home, or should I use a DVS, HRV or similar system?


* Can I use a grey water system effectively? Composting toilet?


And ask as many questions about your personal project!


Get the answer to these questions and more like: how can I future proof my house (what wires/pipes should I install?) by coming visiting the solar energy house in Meadowbank, Auckland. Click here to book now.