Whether you’re wanting to save money on your energy bill or make a positive change for the environment, there are many ways to reduce energy wastage.
Here are our top tips on how to make your house energy efficient.
Seal up your home
Anywhere that air can leak into or out of your home is making it harder for you to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Draught proofing means checking for leaks in places like doors and windows and then sealing these up so air can’t escape.
Explore alternative heating and cooling options
Air conditioners can help us feel comfortable and cosy quickly, but they’re notorious for eating up a lot of electricity. Try opening windows, switching on a fan or taking a cold shower before turning to the air conditioner.
Optimise your air con
There are plenty of ways to change your A/C habits to reduce energy consumption. Putting your thermostat 2 degrees higher, using climate zones and setting a timer can all make a big difference.
Update your hot water system
Inefficient hot water systems can be a huge drain on electricity. In fact hot water systems typically use more energy than any other appliance in the house. Do some research into more efficient options.
Consider solar power
What if there was a free, renewable power source? There is and it’s called the sun! Solar panels and solar hot water systems can reduce your reliance on power from the grid.
Smarter window design
Homes tend to lose and gain a lot of heat from the windows. Smart window designs can make a big difference. Try tactics such as reducing the size of east and west facing windows or adding external shade factors to prevent excess heat from entering the house through the glass during the warmer months.
Change your habits
Small changes in our lifestyle can add up to make a significant reduction in power consumption. Turn appliances off when you’re not using them, rely on daylight rather than switching on lights, use cold water to wash your clothes and hang them dry rather than using a dryer.
It’s written in the stars
Invest in appliances that are more energy efficient. When it’s time to replace your fridge or washing machine, choose an option that has more green stars. They’re usually more expensive, but they will end up consuming less energy which means savings in the long run.
Get your insulation right
One of the most powerful things you can do to make your home more energy efficient is insulation! Insulation in the walls, ceiling and floors slows down the flow of heat, helping you keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This means less reliance on artificial heating and cooling and bigger savings on your power bill.
I’m renovating. What should I do to make my home more energy efficient?
During the renovation phase is a great time to make positive changes to your home’s energy efficiency. It’s important to plan carefully for major changes like redesigning windows and installing insulation throughout the home. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to implement these changes and experience their benefits!
There’s a lot to get right in the renovation process. Check out our renovation guide for some great tips and tricks to ensure your home gets a stunning transformation that you’re proud of.
How to retrofit insulation in existing homes
The best way to retrofit wall insulation in existing homes is to fit insulation batts between wall joists during the renovation phase. Insulation batts are easy to install and cost-effective. They provide excellent resistance to heat flow and also offer acoustic benefits.
Retrofitting ceiling insulation can be done during renovation or at any time if you have safe access to the roof cavity. In some cases it’s even possible to top up existing insulation with new insulation.
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What’s the best environmentally friendly insulation in Australia?
Many of us want to make positive changes in our household to do our bit for the environment. Insulation options like Knauf Earthwool are a great choice because of the sustainable manufacturing processes and materials.
Earthwool Insulation is made with ECOSE Technology using a bio-based binder which is up to 70% less energy intensive than petroleum based chemical binders. Knauf has made major changes in the way they produce their products to be more sustainable.
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