Considering building an energy-efficient home, but don’t know how? Within this blog, we have clarified the what, why and how when building an energy-efficient home.
As stated by the Department of the Environment and Energy, 20% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are produced by Australian households. Statistics such as these are influencing many Australians to consider more sustainable and energy-efficient options for their new or existing homes.
What Is An Energy Efficient Homes?
Simply, an efficient home reduces the amount of wasted energy and greenhouse emissions produced. Unlike a ‘copy and paste’ floor plan, this method considers the site’s orientation to benefit from the natural light available. According to the National Construction Code, Australian homes are now to reach a minimum of a 6-star energy rating. Each star has an impact on the heating and cooling energy within the home.
“As the saying goes, the stone age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy.” – Steven Chu
Why You Should Build An Energy Efficient Home?
Without a doubt, an energy-efficient home comes with a number of benefits.
- As sustainability and eco-friendly homes are now on the rise, this allows your home to increase in value and appeal.
- Energy efficiency allows for cleaner and more comfortable living conditions for you and your family.
- By implementing energy-efficient methods and appliances, your electricity costs will be lower.
- Every energy-efficient element plays a part in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions produced in Australia.
How you can make your home more energy efficient
Whether you are building from scratch or improving your existing home, many options can make your home more eco-friendly.
- Choosing durable, long-lasting materials
- Insulation and sealing to prevent air leaks
- Choosing more sustainable timber options such as plantation or recycled timber
- Installing solar panels – View NSW ‘Solar rebate’ Program
- When installing your windows, ensuring they are tightly sealed and optimise natural light.
- Taking into consideration the energy rating when selecting appliances such as air conditioners, washer/dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators
- Installing ceiling fans in living and sleeping areas
- Considering site orientation when designing the home to optimise the natural light and north-facing sun
- Choosing more energy-efficient lighting options such as LED lights
Just to name a few!
To summarise, there are many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Big or small, choosing more sustainable and eco-friendly options will help improve your living conditions while reducing Australia’s greenhouse emissions.
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