On Tuesday 9th October, we celebrated the journey to become all-electric in our energy efficiency demonstration home: the CERES Zero Emissions EcoHouse.

The EcoHouse was transported to CERES in 1982 and was retrofitted to demonstrate energy efficient design and early solar technology. In its time at CERES it has undergone a series of renovations and alterations to continually improve energy efficiency.

In 2017, in response to the challenges of a warming climate, CERES decided to push for a zero emissions residence. It was time for the EcoHouse to become all electric with no dependency on fossil fuels. We took a number of steps, all of which can be replicated in your own home to work towards your own zero emissions goals.

The transition has been supported by many partners over the years. Support has been offered from industry partners in terms of technology to achieve our zero emissions aims, and Moreland Energy Foundation (and their program Positive Charge) have been key partners in this most recent transition.

The Zero Emissions EcoHouse was officially launched on 9th October 2018 by The Honorable Minister D’Ambrosio, and supported by the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor,  Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard Assessor and home energy specialist, gave an impassioned speech about the importance and benefits of home owners converting their homes to all electric in order to be powered by clean renewable energy.