Staying Energy Efficient Over Summer
An energy efficient home is a great way to create long-term savings while also reducing your environmental impact. Energy efficiency can be achieved in a number of ways from minor adjustments around the house to much bigger outlays.
Every home is different and not every option will be suitable for every home, with each one offering different costs and benefits.
The installation of solar panels, usually on the roof of a home, is a popular option when it comes to energy reduction. These can aid in reducing your electricity expenses, offer independence over your energy use and may increase property value. If your home is producing more electricity than you are using, check with the Government in your state to see if you are eligible to receive payments from them.
Another option worth considering is insulation. A home that is well-insulated will stay cooler in the summer months and warmer in winter, decreasing the extent to which you will require air conditioning or heating. Research your own home and determine whether you have the option to insulate your ceilings, walls, floors, or a combination of all three.
A cost effective way to keep your indoor climate balanced throughout the year is to ensure that your windows are not letting in the heat or the cold. Whether you use window shades, curtains, double glazing or film, there are a number of different options that may suit your various needs.
If you live in an older home, it may be worth reviewing your hot water system with some research online. Hot water systems are usually the largest energy consumer in the house and an out of date system can use up to 80% more energy than a newer, more efficient one.
On more sizeable properties where large quantities of water are required, installing a rainwater tank or recycling water can be a useful way to save on water bills. With various available sizes to cater for different consumption needs, rainwater tanks can be used to provide water for your laundry, toilet, pool or irrigation.
Don’t Forget About The Initial Costs
You should keep in mind that there can be quite significant upfront costs in reviewing the energy efficiency measures of your property, however these costs are worthwhile down the stretch when you consider long-term savings and enhancing the value of your home. You should be mindful to factor the expenses involved with any measures that may require maintenance services into your evaluation.
Other factors to consider are the age and condition of your home as well as how it was constructed. These factors can influence where you can make your greatest energy savings and what kind of energy efficiency measures can be achieved structurally.
You should be mindful to factor the expenses involved with any measures that may require maintenance services into your evaluation. Other factors to consider are the age and condition of your home as well as how it was constructed. These factors can influence where you can make your greatest energy savings and what kind of energy efficiency measures can be achieved structurally.
If your home is not currently suitable for the measures listed above, here are some other basic measures that you can implement today:
– Installing energy efficient light bulbs
– Timing your showers
– Checking the energy saving star rating on your appliances
– Covering your pool when it’s not in use
– Drying your clothes on a clothes line
– When air conditioning, closing off rooms that are not in use
– Sealing doors and windows
Contact your local council to see if they offer an audit service of your energy usage, or alternatively conduct your own audit around the house. It’s also worth checking the rebates, benefits and resources for reducing energy consumption that your state Government offers on their website.
Make next summer a little lighter on the pocket – start your research now and discover what energy efficiency methods are available to you.
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