The Australian residential sector accounts for approximately 9.5 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and offers significant opportunities for mitigation to which households are largely oblivious. These opportunities include: an energy efficient building shell that minimises the need for artificial heating and cooling, energy efficient built-in appliances, plug-in appliances and low or zero emission local energy generation. This paper focuses on local energy generation and identifies strategies for minimising greenhouse gas emissions by generating energy for local use in dwellings.
This paper is one of a series of papers that come from a single study, Hybrid Buildings: Pathways for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in the Housing Sector by the same authors, covering the energy use within the residential sector. The series of companion papers covers:
Plug-in Appliances: DES 73: Carbon Emissions from Domestic Appliances
Built-in Appliances: DES 74: Carbon Emissions from Domestic Built-in Appliances
Hybrid dwellings: DES 76: Carbon Emissions from Dwellings - Transitioning to Zero Carbon Housing
carbon neutrality, distributed generation, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, household appliances, housing and energy, local energy generation, sustainable cities, zero carbon