No matter which way you look at it, an energy efficient home makes sense. By using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gasses, you’ll be saving money and the environment at the same time.
Buying a house and land package gives you an opportunity to install the latest energy-efficient features. You can go beyond the minimum standards set by your local city council. If you wish, you can design your new residence to be an 8-star energy rated home, greatly lowering its energy consumption.
Optimising your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t stop after your new house has been built; it’s an ongoing endeavour. Staying vigilant can help you save a considerable amount of money each month in running costs.
Here’s 5 simple tips you can use to help you cut your home’s energy use. Individually, each one might only make a small difference, but together they can greatly improve your home’s efficiency while ensuring that you and your family remain comfortable year-round.
Now this might sound simple, but it’s something we often don’t consider. During the summer months, direct exposure to the sun can turn your house into a sauna which in turn will make your air conditioner work harder as it tries to keep the interior cool. The harder the A/C works, the more power your house consumes.
To give your air conditioner a break, add features on the east and west sides of your home that will block the sun’s light. For example, consider extending the eaves of your roof, planting tall trees, or building shaded areas.
Most people assume the sun always rises in the east and sets in the west. But in reality, the sun’s trajectory changes with the seasons. During the summer, it rises a bit south of due east and sets a bit south of due west. During the winter, it rises slightly north of due east and sets slightly north of due west.
By minimising the amount of summer sun and maximising the amount of winter sun that comes through your windows, your home will use less energy to both cool and heat the home.
You can do that by designing your house with living areas that face north. In the summer, the windows for those areas will be out of the sun’s direct path. In the winter, the windows will be better aligned with the sun, allowing its heat to warm your home. The result will be lower power bills during both summer and winter months.
Ceiling fans may seem old-fashioned, but they do a fine job of keeping a house cool without turning on the air conditioner, and they’re a lot less expensive to run. Although they need electricity, the amount of energy they consume is far less than your air conditioner will chew through on a hot day.
By installing a few ceiling fans in your living room and bedrooms and using them over your air-conditioner, you’ll notice a reduction in your A/C costs, especially during the Summer months.
Insulation regulates the temperature inside your house and helps to keep you and your family comfortable. By reducing the transfer of heat between your home’s interior and exterior, it keeps the cool air in and the hot air out.
To prevent the loss of conditioned air from your house, installing additional insulation in the ceilings, under the floors, and in the walls can be a great idea. Make sure you choose a product that has a high R-value, a measurement that reflects the insulation’s thermal resistance (i.e. the amount of heat transfer it allows).
The type of lighting you have installed in your house plays an important role in your energy use. By simply switching from an incandescent light bulb to a fluorescent light bulb, your energy usage will go down and so will your bills.
If you want to reduce your energy usage and save money throughout the year, the good news is there’s plenty of options available to you. Simply by implementing the five tips above, you’ll be helping optimise your home’s energy efficiency and you’ll start to see the benefits in your monthly power bills.
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