Better for your wallet and for the environment, energy efficiency is an important aspect to consider when renovating or building your home. Electricity will take up a large portion of your bills as a homeowner, so anything that you can do to reduce these costs is definitely worth the initial outlay! Creating an energy efficient home will increase the value of your property in the long run, and you can feel good about doing your bit to reduce your carbon footprint.
Here are some great energy efficiency ideas you can implement in your home:
Solar panels provide a clean and renewable source of energy, converting the sun’s rays into electricity to power the appliances in our homes. Statistics show that solar panels pay themselves off in approximately 3-7 years and homeowners often find themselves in credit with their electricity company almost immediately. Solar is a rapidly growing industry in Australia and installing solar panels is one of the most economically and environmentally friendly ways for you to ensure that your home is energy efficient.
Your choice of lighting can have an impact on your overall energy consumption and should be discussed in the design phase of building or renovating your home. Here are some great lighting ideas you can implement to increase energy efficiency:
-Changing old lighting to energy efficient LED lighting is a great choice for existing homes. LED lights use up to 85% less energy and last up to 20 times longer than traditional halogen bulbs that stop working after roughly one year.
-Sensor lights that automatically turn on and off ensure that energy is only used when someone is occupying the room.
Appliances account for roughly 30% of home energy use, so it is critical to do your research before purchasing items such as your air-conditioner, hot water system, fridge and washing machine. Major home appliance brands will come with an energy rating label that rate the product out of five stars based on its’ energy efficiency. The more stars a product has, the more energy efficient it is compared to other models of its’ category and the more you will save. The ability to control your devices remotely through Wi-Fi can also have an impact on your energy consumption, allowing you to switch off appliances that may have been left on or turn down devices that are not in use.
If you would like more information or quotes on any of these energy efficient ideas, contact us to speak with one of our licensed electricians.