Melbourne House

1700 Shady Oaks Drive
Southlake, TX 76092

Tour Hours: 10am - 4pm

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My wife Lois and I have always dreamed of building an energy efficient home and finally it is completed.

Please feel free to come out and look at the installation and ask questions.

 

Renewable energy features

Solar PV

kW: 21.06 kW
Installation date: September 2014
Installer/contractor: Axium Solar, Plano, TX (www.axiumsolar.com)

Equipment

Seventy eight (78) LG Mono X 270 watt mono-crystalline solar modules
Two (2) SMA Sunny Boy 10000TL solar inverter

Retail Electric Provider

Tri-County Electric Cooperative

Ground Source Heat Pump

Installation Date: Spring 2014
Installer: Greenland Energy
Equipment: Bosch CE Series Ground Source Heat Pumps

Energy Monitoring

SiteSage system provides real time and historical reporting of electricity usage so we can tell what appliances are the most expensive to run and also detect issues before they are a problem.

 

Green features

  • Tesla Model S electric car
  • Irrigation is via a pond that catches rain and run-off water.  Two water wells feed the pond
  • LED lighting
  • Geothermal HVAC system will also provide hot water 9 months of the year (estimated)
  • The house is fully foam encapsulated using off-set studs and insulated headers to cut down on thermal energy transfer through the outside walls.
  • Low-E 366 windows drastically cuts down on heat transfer into the house

 

Host Comments

My wife Lois and I have always dreamed of building an energy efficient home and finally it is completed. We moved into the house in June 2015.  We have 78 solar panels on the south facing roof, low-e glass and fully encapsulated foam insulation. The PV panels provide 60-70% of the electricity needs in the summer months.  In addition we have geothermal heating and cooling. In the summer months the geothermal system provides free hot water as a by-product of cooling the house.  Please feel free to come out and look at the installation and ask questions.

The garage is fitted with 3 electric car chargers. We have a Tesla Model S.