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1 Off Grid – Why Bother? It makes sense for the environment and it makes cents for the household budget DUNK ISLAND AIR STRIP f2design.com.au

2 Gas Prices are set to rise dramatically Fixed connection fees for gas and electricity will increase even more. Sewer discharge fees are based on water use Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

3 $4 / Gigajoule max wholesale for last 3 decades $9 / Gigajoule predicted Average VIC House 55GJ/year Large VIC House 90GJ/year Retail currently $0.02/MJ or $20.00/GJ Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

4 Sewer rates are tied to water consumption purchased from grid Reduced water purchase saves in water and sewer costs Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

5 It is difficult to live without electricity but easy to live without gas. All electric houses save the service cost of connection to gas reticulation Off Grid – Why Bother?

6 Energy efficient lighting and appliances combined with high performance house design enables on site renewable generation at cost effective levels LED lights use 80% less power than low voltage fittings Off Grid – Why Bother?

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8 Household energy efficiency improvements have been delayed in Victoria since the discovery of off-shore natural gas in 1967 Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

9 Electricity connection -Truck appointment $500 -Overhead connection$2,000 -Underground pit$3,000 -Trench, pit-house$1,000 -No Meter box $500 Total easily$4,000 Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

10 Service Fees -Gas$0.60/day -Electricity$1.15/day $1.75 $639pa -Gas use $1,000pa -Elec use $1,369pa Total$3,008 Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

11 Funding from BankMECU Mortgage secured4.6% Enviro upgrade facility8.75% Borrow 5%$1,750pa Reduced costs$3,000pa Better off by$1,250pa Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

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15 Answer Unless and until feed-in tariffs are fair there is little point in connecting to the grid. Because it is good for the household budget and good for the environment. Off Grid – Why Bother? f2design.com.au

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17 The House with No Bills


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