Donvale dream home comes with $0 electricity bill
Towering mansions don’t have a reputation for cheap power bills, but a Donvale dream home has turned that assumption on its head.
Boasting two Tesla batteries, 20kw of solar and a system that feeds the surplus back into the grid, 5 Pambara Court doesn’t pay a cent on the dreaded quarterly energy bills.
In fact, vendors Ingo Reisch and Shauna Kerrigan are actually making money by redistributing their excess power.
The Donvale home, with a price guide of $3.7-$4 million, also features huge double glazed windows in a breathtaking modern living zone, double height insulation and hydronic floor heating run via solar power.
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It totals to approximately $50,000 spent by the family on their economical energy system.
“A place like ours would cost with today’s power kilowatt rate about $2,500-$3,000 a quarter, but we are in credit — any new owner would probably be neutral,” Mr Reisch said.
“I’m very big on this alternative energy.”
That interest stems from Mr Reisch’s time spent running BMW dealerships, where “it was always about efficiency, getting more from less energy,” he said.
The couple first moved to the property about 20 years ago in search of more space for Ms Kerrigan to pursue her own passion.
“It was our first venture into an acreage, it was mainly done because of my wife’s passion for horses — which has transferred to our two daughters,” Mr Reisch said of the move.
“The old ranch style house is still there but we’ve added new additions … I’m really happy with what we’ve done here.”
Having watched their children grow up on the Donvale property, Mr Reisch said the family were starting to get emotional about moving.
“We’re going to be sorry to move out but it will open up a new chapter and gives me something to do with my energy stuff,” Mr Reisch said.
“Hopefully it goes to someone who appreciates it and will have a fantastic time here.”
Jellis Craig Doncaster director Daniel Broadbent said the home’s proportions made it “spectacular”.
“That central room is just stunning, with huge windows — the sheer volume of the place and it’s also got some real design quirks — there’s reclaimed timber from an old army garrison and tin from a local sheering shed,” he said.
“It’s something they’re very proud of.”
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