Top 4 Tips to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
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Published by TOP4 Team
Energy tariff hike is as certain as death and taxes. So, make your home as energy efficient as possible through these tips.
Efficient design works.
An efficiently designed house uses 60% less energy. Think how that would reduce your energy bills! A solar house doesn’t have to be a way-out house. Even a period-style house can be energy efficient.
There’s no reason why your new extension shouldn’t be a model of solar efficiency. When you are planning, take into account the orientation, layout, building materials, insulation level, window landscaping, heating, cooling and ventilation.
Consider the aspect.
The message is simple: good design will capture winter sun, but block out hot summer rays. A maximising sun is important if you live in cooler southern states in Australia. The north side of a house will be the warmest all year, the west side will be colder in winter and hotter in summer, the east side marginally less hot in summer, and the south aspect collect all year.
North is best.
Areas used most during the day, such as living room or children’s room, are best facing north. The idea is to angle leaves or a verandah so you can still get winter sun. Formal rooms are less important because they are not used as often and it’s likely to be at night.
Bedroom windows can face east, as long as you can block out unwanted summer sun, or south because it’s cooler and darker. Utility areas such as bathroom and laundry room are best sited on the south, or on the hot west side where they can act as a buffer against the heat. And make sure there are doors, so you can block off heated and unheated areas.
Insulation makes the difference.
Insulation in the roof, floors and walls will help retain heat in winter and keep it out in summer. There are many kinds of insulation, so pick one that best suits you. Consider fuel cost, a severity of the climate and whether summer is harsher than winter where you live.
All insulations have an “R” value which is the resistance of the material to the heat passing through it. The higher the number, the better it is. It’s best if external walls are insulated when they are built because it’s difficult and expensive to do it later, and ceilings need the greatest quantities of bulk insulation. It’s also wise to install reflective foil insulation directly under the roof to combat the hot summer sun.
As you make your home energy efficient, you will benefit from it and you will be doing a bit for the environment at the same time. If you need help in doing so, consult Frys Energywise today.