Being energy efficient around the home not only reduces your electricity bills, it is also benefits the environment! Following are some tips to help make your home more energy efficient.
Things to do when you build
- Remember the orientation of your home and building site impacts on the amount of heat it is subjected to during summer.
- Insulation under timber floors, in ceilings and in walls helps keep you cool and prevents air-conditioned air from escaping.
- Installing double brick walls and concrete floors, plus sealing any gaps or holes in the exterior of your home, all contribute to energy efficiency.
Things to do now
- Always close curtains, shades or blinds during the hottest parts of the day.
- Close air-conditioning vents and doors in unused rooms.
- Cut back use of large non-essential electrical appliances during times of peak demand, usually at the hottest parts of the day.
- Keep appliances such as televisions and lamps away from the air conditioner thermostat.
- Raise air-conditioning thermostat by 3 degrees in summer.
- Only use the air-conditioner when you need it - don't leave it running when you are asleep or not home (if you have to leave it on - increase the thermostat setting).
- Use shade to save cooling costs by installing pergolas, wide eaves, awnings and curtains. Shading keeps air and ground temperature down as well as reducing glare and reflected heat in the summer.
- Landscape with deciduous trees that shade you in summer but still allow the sun to warm you in winter. (Be sure not to plant near power lines!)
- Keep air conditioner filters clean.
- Minimise the time that freezer and fridge doors are open.