Domestic Energy Independence By David Lipschitz 11th April 2010

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Domestic Energy Independence By David Lipschitz 11th April 2010 by Mind Map: Domestic Energy Independence By David Lipschitz 11th April 2010

1. Be Aware

1.1. Measure

1.1.1. Brennenstuhl PM230

1.1.1.1. Plug

1.1.2. Efergy e2

1.1.2.1. House / Business

1.1.2.2. Single / 3 Phase

1.1.3. Janitza UMG 604

1.1.3.1. Industrial

1.1.3.1.1. 8 Channels

1.1.3.1.2. 800 Values

1.2. Phantom Loads

1.2.1. Are there any?

1.2.2. Transformers

1.2.3. Extra geysers?

1.3. Efficiency

1.3.1. Be more efficient

1.3.1.1. Use less energy to perform the same function

1.3.1.2. Turn off aircon 1 hour before leaving office

1.3.2. Spend to save

1.3.2.1. new fridge

1.3.2.2. new appliances

1.3.2.3. energy star products

1.3.2.4. labelling

2. Passive Investments

2.1. What you should be doing already!

2.2. Insulation

2.2.1. Ceiling

2.2.1.1. Does your house have a ceiling?

2.2.1.2. Cellulose or "think pink"

2.2.2. Lagging on pipes

2.2.3. Swimming Pool

2.2.4. Windows

2.2.4.1. Curtains

2.2.4.2. Double, Triple Glazing

2.2.5. Clothing

2.2.5.1. Put on a jersey before using a heater

2.2.5.2. Use curtains on a very hot day before turning on the air con

2.3. Check electric motors, eg pool motors

2.4. Transport

2.4.1. Can you work from home?

2.4.2. Is it legal for you to work from home?

2.4.3. If not, can you car pool?

2.5. Geyser

2.5.1. Check geyser element

2.5.2. Geyser timers

2.5.2.1. Use geysers outside peak times

2.5.3. Small Geyser for kitchen sinks

2.5.4. "Speed heat" instant hot water

2.5.5. Geyser at 40 degrees celsius for 2 people in house

2.5.6. Check Geyser Blanket

3. Active Investments

3.1. Cooking

3.1.1. Gas?

3.1.1.1. Reduce peak demand requirements

3.2. Heating and Cooling

3.2.1. Water

3.2.1.1. Solar Water Heaters

3.2.2. Air

3.2.2.1. Solar Air Heaters

3.2.2.2. Chillers

3.2.3. Bag to save energy

3.3. Water

3.3.1. Grey Water

3.3.1.1. Existing or new house

3.3.2. Water Tank

3.4. Electricity

3.4.1. Lights, Gates

3.4.2. Radio, TV, Charging equipment

3.4.3. Computers

3.4.4. Grid Tie

3.4.5. Battery Backup

4. Why do this?

4.1. Reduce

4.1.1. Reduce Electricity

4.1.2. Save Money

4.2. Reuse

4.2.1. packaging, paper, print on both sides

4.3. Recycle

4.3.1. leaves -> compost

4.3.2. organic matter -> warm farm

4.4. Go green: do your bit to save the planet

4.5. Where to find the money?

4.5.1. Redirect your capital spend

4.5.2. Do ROI Calculations

5. Problems

5.1. Personal

5.1.1. Requires a change in behaviour

5.2. South African Government / Legislation

5.2.1. Grid Connection Agreement

5.2.2. Power Purchase Agreement