Today’s new homes are becoming just as concerned with energy efficiency as they are with design and comfort. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of building a new home today is that you can enjoy the trend of not only keeping up appearances… but also keeping down your power bill.
The great news about these new efficient homes is that they only take about 3.6% more of your budget to build… and that is a small price to pay for what you will save throughout the years on energy costs. (IN addition, you don’t need to have a new home to make your old home function just as efficiently.)
From insulation to efficient fittings, here are 5 home efficiency hints that you can help you to lower your power bill.
1. Ensure that your home is well insulated.
Insulation keeps warm air inside your home in winter and cool air inside your home in summer. There are a great many insulation options to choose from too depending upon your preferences. Some choices include wool, reflective oil, batts and loose filling.
If you are concerned about the environment, glass fibre batts are a great option for you because they are made up of 80% recycled material. To reduce even more heat build up in your home’s ceiling cavity, consider installing a whirly bird onto your roof.
2. Make sure that you have cross ventilation.
When it comes to ventilating your home, don’t open just one door or window. Your home will cool down much faster if you have not only an entry point but an exit point where air can criss-cross through.
This is best achieved by opening up windows and doors on opposite sides of your home. This allows the breeze to flow through freely. If you have a newer home, higher ceilings and wide entry halls, these also make for a better volume of space that air can circulate throughout your home.
3. Install efficient fittings.
Australia’s Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards plan makes it simple to compare the efficiency of different water products.
When choosing appliance, showerhead or toilets, look for fittings that have a great WELS rating.
4. Install ceiling fans.
The more ceiling fans that you have inside your home, the greater the air circulation in your home will be. This not only keeps your home cool, but it also keeps your central air conditioning unit from kicking on quite as often, thus, further lowering your energy bill.
5. Reduce your home’s exposure to the sun.
One of the easiest ways to keep heat from coming in from the western side of your house is to install an outside shade structure. If you are building a new home right now, this is a great option worth looking into.
Investing in an energy efficient home is investing in your future. With the money you save on your power bills, you can take your family for a once in a lifetime vacation… or just splurge on those new bikes. There is no price that you can put on building new memories.