Its official, using gas appliances for cooking, heating and hot water costs a lot more than using efficient all-electric appliances in your home.
Above: One of the efficient all electric homes, designed by Adapt Design Group, at The Cape sustainable housing project, Cape Paterson
A June report from the Alternative Technology Association found that owners will be between $9,000 – $16,000 better off over 10 years if they establish their new home as all-electric with a 5-kilowatt solar system rather than gas-electric with no solar. Best practice Cape homes are using efficient reverse cycle heating, cooling and hot water systems, high performance induction cooktops and solar power. “There is just no reason economically for new homes to be built with both electricity and gas’, according to report co-author and ATA energy analyst Dean Lombard.
The ATA research shows that The Cape community is on track to collectively save around $2 million over 10 years by not using gas once all homes are completed. This is just one of the many reasons why more and more people are choosing The Cape lifestyle – living comfortably in all weather conditions with energy bills that are a fraction of the state average.
“By eliminating gas from the whole estate and replacing with the highly efficient all electric home operating systems and solar power, our householders avoid annual gas usage and gas connection costs, as well as the upfront construction costs of connecting to gas and running gas plumbing through homes that occur with gas-connected estates,” said The Cape’s director, Brendan Condon.
Above: The CORE9 house at The Cape maximises solar power generation, even in winter.
This report comes after a separate report from the ATA last year that confirmed some lingering questions around the economics of grid connected solar systems.
Previously the ATA, and other reputable industry bodies, had advised people to consider a household’s electricity consumption prior to sizing a new solar array. Now, however, the report recommends installation of larger solar systems even if a household’s power consumption is low.
Over the last 5 years large systems of five kilowatts or more have fallen in price significantly more than smaller systems, while feed-in tariffs more than doubled in 2017 with households now receiving a minimum of 11.3c/kWh for their exports back to the grid.
The report found that the payback period of a 2 kilowatt system was usually very similar to that of a 5 kilowatt system. The end result means that the owner sees far greater savings on their energy bill for the majority of the 25 year guaranteed life of the panels.
We’re thrilled to have more people choosing to join The Cape community each month. Stage 2 lots are selling fast so phone PBE on 5674 8044 today to talk about your sea-change.
The Cape’s display home is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12 midday until 4pm. Visit us to see how well our award winning homes perform in winter, or have a look around at Stage 2 construction progress.
The Cape team
The Cape is Victoria’s most sustainable housing estate and is situated only 1.5 hours from the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It’s also only 10 minutes from larger regional towns of Inverloch and Wonthaggi where you’ll find a great selection of cafes, restaurants, schools, supermarkets, retail stores, sporting facilities and medical service providers. Everything is on your doorstep when you live at The Cape, not to mention pristine beaches.
Over the course of 2017 and 2018 the Bass Coast area received funding to complete a number of notable projects to help shape a better Bass Coast. Recent funding announcements from Premier Daniel Andrews gave green lights to the rebuild and expansion of the Wonthaggi Hospital and Wonthaggi Secondary College, as well as the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club. Each of the upgrades, which are set to occur within the next 3 years, represent a great outcome for the community and a clear commitment to the area by state government.
Thinking of moving to The Cape? If so, you’ll find yourself in a fast growing part of Victoria, and Bass Coast is attracting the infrastructure, services and education spending to match. This all points to many great options across recreation, sport, learning and education for families moving into The Cape.
Property website realestate.com.au has reported that recent sharp hikes in energy bills are driving strong homebuyer interest in more affordable, energy efficient homes. This is good news for The Cape which is leading the way as Victoria’s best designed energy efficient housing estate. We are in the midst of constructing Stage 2 “Ocean Views Release” which sees the addition of a further 34 home sites for buyers to choose from, but buyers have to get in quick because over 50% are already sold! The Cape is placing their residents well ahead of the game, combining passive solar design, energy efficient fit out and solar power to build affordable homes, many that have annual energy bills as low as $300 per annum - a fraction of the $3000 per annum national average home energy costs. Some of our residents are on track to eliminate energy bills altogether.
Living in Victoria, we are pretty spoilt with the range of destinations to surf and a handful of the top 10 Victorian surf beaches are on the doorstep of The Cape. The area is also home to a bunch of delicious eateries to grab a bite after you’ve caught a wave.
The Oaks is situated only a 3-minute drive from the Cape Paterson township, and this hidden spot is accessed from the Bunurong Coastal Drive, which offers sweeping views of some of Victoria’s best coastline.
Stage 1 at The Cape is nearing a sell out. To celebrate, two of our preferred builders, TS Constructions and The Sociable Weaver, are offering a limited time only discounted offering of sustainable, affordable house and land packages to future residents for these fast disappearing Stage 1 home sites.
The Cape enjoyed a brilliant turn out at our passata making day and the launch of some of The Cape's zero energy bill homes. We had around 600 at The Cape throughout the day, showing great interest in the 5 homes on display - homes that are super energy efficient, comfortable to live in, allow people to eliminate energy bills and experience the effortless gentle comfort of passive solar, carbon neutral living. Special thanks to all the team from TS Constructions, Beaumont Concepts, Adapt Design Group, The Sociable Weaver alongside many of our current and future residents, making the general public welcome and sharing information.
The Cape, just down the coast from Inverloch, will be launching two super sustainable homes that have eliminated their energy bills, as part of our passata making day this Sunday 11th March.
If you have been down to The Cape's community garden recently, you will have seen that our garden beds are bursting with organic tomatoes. With hundreds of kilograms already harvested over the past month and more still to come, we have decided it’s time to do some passata making! Come along to The Cape's display home to help (or watch) the big passata cookup.
WHEN: Sunday 11th March, between 10AM and 4PM
WHERE: The Cape – Periwinkle Place, Cape Paterson
We are excited to announce that works are underway for the construction of Stage 2 at The Cape, which is due to be completed in July with titled lots soon afterwards.
Stage 2 Ocean Views Release features some premium and extremely rare “family heirloom” coastal home sites with views over the beautiful Bunurong Coast and Bass Strait. These home sites can never be built out and overlook large areas of parkland, habitat areas and wetland as well as the community garden, with a short walk or ride to swimming and surf beaches.
Our civil contractor Sure Constructions are currently on site working on building the roads and wetlands, and will be installing services including NBN with high speed optic fibre to each home site. Stage 2 is pre-selling very well with close to 40% of this stage now sold. If you have been thinking of buying a high quality home site at The Cape, now is the time to secure one.