Environmentalists in Sydney’s inner west are living off the grid to reduce their carbon footprint
Kylie Ahern is the latest NSW resident to commence work at removing her house from the grid. She is receiving advice from local resident Michael Mobbs.
In Sidney Kyle Ahern has become one of the latest environmentalists to turn her home completely off the grid, all of this in an effort to reduce her carbon footpring. This is a great example on how to retrofit a regular built home in the middle of a large city and make the necessary changes to make a more self sustaining home.
While the process of creating a self-sustaining property may seem like a daunting or impossible task to some, Ms Ahern insists it is a relatively streamlined process, if you have the right help.
Ms Ahern, who has recruited the assistance of Chippendale’s Michael Mobbs, who famously took his home off the grid last year, hopes to achieve the same results with her two-bedroom worker’s cottage by early next year.
“I am currently getting all my water from a series of tanks — one is buried in the backyard and the others are above ground,” Ms Ahern said.
“I used to pay $800 a year to Sydney Water, now I get it all for free from my roof.
“I also have a stormwater absorption pit so all the water coming off the roof goes straight into the tanks and then into the pit.
“I am putting solar panels up and installing batteries and my aim is to disconnect from the electricity grid.
“I am in the process of looking for the most energy efficient appliances and I am cutting off my gas as I will be using an electric induction cooktop.
“The coal seam gas situation in this country has been really upsetting, therefore I want to make sure I am not contributing to the problem.
“We are lulled into thinking we need to pay for these services like water and electricity that we can get for free.
“Sewerage and plumbing is my next task as I can’t get the tanks on to my property just yet but they are something I am definitely aiming for.
“I am expecting all the work to be completed by early next year.”
The Newtown resident shared her disdain at the inaction of politicians charged with reducing global emissions and encouraged other like-minded conservationists to follow in her footsteps.
“I have watched politicians over the years do very little to protect our environment and fail to do anything meaningful around reducing our emissions, so I decided that I had to do more,” Ms Ahern said.
“I think most of us want to do more to protect the environment but it’s knowing where to start that’s the challenge.
“You don’t have to do a full renovation of your home; you can do little things like buy energy-efficient appliances or use a diverter so excess rainwater goes into your garden.”