Have you ever dreamed of living fully off-grid?
No electricity, gas or water bills. An environmentally-friendly, carbon neutral footprint.
Well, former contestants on The Block, Kerrie Charter and Spence Thomson, have just made this vision a reality on 120 acres of land in rural Victoria.
Kerrie and Spence are calling it their ‘forever home’. It’s located in the rural town of Mia Mia, 120 kilometers north of Melbourne in central Victoria. Here’s a picture of the home under construction.
If you’re wondering what the motivation is behind their bold, off-the-grid move, for the reality TV couple it came down to both economic and environmental considerations. ‘We will never get utility bills again, and we’re doing our bit for the environment,’ Kerrie said in a recent Current Affairs interview.
Indeed, the couple are collecting their own rainwater and harvesting power from the sun via roof solar panels and solar inverters that connect to batteries. That way, they can have power even when the sun goes down, not to mention the prospect of saving up to $10,000 per year on utility bills.
While solar panels, batteries and rainwater tanks are obvious ways to save money and reduce one’s carbon footprint, choice of insulation also plays a crucial and sometimes underappreciated role.
That’s why, during the construction phase, Kerrie and Spence sent the team at Pricewise their plans and energy report to provide a take off and quote for insulation.
The couple chose to install Knauf Earthwool Insulation. In their words, it’s ‘made from recycled glass, which means it’s less itchy and it’s made from a recycled product, which makes it highly sustainable.”
Earthwool Insulation is also soft to touch, easy to install, contains no added formaldehyde, and when installed in the walls, ceiling and floor can reduce energy bills by up to 45%. So it’s a highly popular choice for homeowners and builders.
Check out Kerrie and Spence’s review of Knauf Earthwool Insulation below.
Kerry and Spence also supplemented their Earthwool insulation with a range of Foilboard and Kingspan products. Watch below to see the full suite of insulation products they chose.
Good luck on your next project!
The Pricewise Team.
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