Whether you live in a classic Queenslander or you have a penthouse apartment, making your home more energy efficient is becoming an incredibly important aspect of modern living. Costs are always increasing; the weather is heating up and your need for things like air con is growing. The more you use your air con, the more your electricity bill is going to be amplified and no one likes an increased energy bill right before the holidays. So what can you do to lower your costs? You can (and should) work to make your home more energy efficient.
Here are five great ways to help make your home more energy efficient:
1. Utilise cross ventilation. This may seem like a ‘given’ or at the very least basic common sense, but when the weather gets hot, often the first response is to turn on the air con, not open the windows. If you have cross ventilation your house will cool down more quickly if airflow can easily enter through one window and exit through another. Ideally you should be opening windows or doors that are on opposite ends of your home. Things such as high ceilings, sliding doors, wide entries or even bi-folding doors help to move the air and allow it to better circulate, hopefully cooling you down in these upcoming warm months without the added cost of high electricity bills.
2. Invest in insulation. If you don’t have good insulation then you’re probably costing yourself unnecessary money. If your home is well insulated then the amount of heat entering when it’s hot will be greatly reduced and you can also enjoy a warmer home in the winter months because the insulation helps to keep the warmth inside when it’s cold. There are a wide range of options for insulation, but your construction company can help you make an informed decision that works best for your home.
3. Purchase ceiling fans. Of course you’ve probably thought of this before but it’s time you give it a go. If you purchase ceiling fans and actively try to remember to use them before automatically turning to the air con, then you’ll soon see a great increase in your savings.
4. Reduce sun exposure. No, we’re not suggesting you stay away from the beach-what better way to cool down than a swim? We just want you to reduce your home’s exposure to the sun. Consider installing an exterior shade to help reduce heat caused by the sun on the western side of your home. If you’re starting fresh and building a brand new home, ensure you build it in such a way that minimises sun exposure from the east and west. You may also want to build extended eaves to help keep cool.
5. Draught-proof your home. This may be more helpful in the winter months but it’s still absolutely essential in creating an energy efficient home. The next windy day go for a wander around your home and check the edges of all of your windows and doors. If you hear a hissing noise this is a draught, you will also be able to feel the air penetrating through. All of these draughts need to be addressed to ensure heat remains within your home during those colder months.
Lastly, once you’ve completed all five of these steps to energy efficiency you should aim to pair them with better habits. Ensure when you leave a room that you turn off the lights, television etc. When you’re not using electronic items unplug them from the outlets. If you’re only making one coffee, don’t boil an entire kettle. Small changes to your every day habits combined with larger strategies will create the energy efficient home you’ve always dreamed of.
If you need help energy-proofing your home give us a call today, our friendly team will gladly assist.