21 Jul Simple Steps to Improve the Energy-Efficiency Of Your Home
Whether you are building a new home or renovating an older one, it’s possible to get a number of energy-efficient features fitted such as LED light fittings, sensor lights, water-efficient shower heads as well as insulation and more. However, increasing the overall energy-efficiency of your home involves a broader methodology. There a number of small things that would have to be done in combination to improve the energy-efficiency of your home.
#1 Insulate your home well
Insulate the ceiling of the topmost storey of your structure as that helps reduce the amount of heat entering your home in the summer time, and traps the warmth indoors when it’s cold. There are a wide range of insulation options that you can choose from, based on your specific preferences and circumstances and some of the most widely-used and efficient ones are loose fill, batts and reflective foil.
Glass fibre batts are also used and these are an environmentally-friendly option as they’re made from materials that have been 80% recycled. The heat build-up within the ceiling cavity can be further reduced by installing an efficient whirly bird on your roof.
#2 Cross ventilation is good
It’s common for us to keep just a door or window open. While that does help cool the house, it’s far better if there is cross-ventilation. By opening up the doors and windows on opposite sides in your home, the breeze flows through freely and helps cool your house in the summer months. If you are building a new home, get your builder or architect to include features such as wider entry halls, higher ceilings as well as bi-folds and sliding stacker doors that provide more space for the air to circulate easily.
#3 Add more ceiling fans
Even if your house has an HVAC system, you should get ceiling fans fitted in every room as it’s much cheaper to run them. You can also operate the air conditioner at a higher temperature and run the fan in addition to it; this helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperature with far less energy usage.
#4 Replace older fittings with new, energy-efficient ones
The WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards) scheme in Australia makes it very easy to compare water-efficiency levels of different products.
When choosing any appliances, toilets, mixers, showerheads etc., look for fittings with higher WELS ratings. Regular showerheads can easily use up to 25 litres of water per minute; in comparison, a 3 star rating showerhead will use only about 6 to 7 litre. Opt for LED light fittings as these are 80 percent more energy-efficient than standard bulbs.
#5 Reduce exposure to the sun’s rays
One of the simplest and most effective ways of reducing heat intrusion on the western face of your home is to get exterior shade structures installed. These could be permanent shades, retractable ones or any other structure that will block the direct rays of the sun coming in from the western side. If you are building a new home, position the house structure in such a manner that there are fewer west-facing windows; you can also consider extending the eaves.
Aside from this, use all the electrical appliances and devices in your home more responsibly; they account for approximately 20% of your home’s energy bills. Buy energy rated home appliances as these consume far less energy than standard ones.
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