Energy Efficient Homes

Energy Efficient Homes

One of the best times to consider an energy efficient home is when you are buying, building, or renovating. Learn how to identify the features of a green home and why you should consider them.

What is an energy efficient home?

An energy efficient home reduces wasted energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and its demand for non-renewable energy resources. It may also offer healthier, cleaner living conditions as well as long term financial savings.

Why invest in an energy efficient house?

Investing in sustainable and renewable energy systems for your home may initially be a large financial outlay. But, there are numerous reasons to consider it. Not only will your home’s value likely increase with these installations, you may lower your electricity bill and carbon footprint.

A beautifully designed passive house | Vallentin Architecture | Germany

A beautifully designed passive house | Vallentin Architecture | Germany

How to make a house energy efficient

If you choose to build or renovate your home, lots of building materials and resources may be needed. The building products you select may affect the build quality and comfort level of your house. These materials may also impact maintenance costs in the future.

By choosing durable, long-lasting materials, you can make your home both comfortable and efficient. Some of these products include:

Insulation

Insulation creates an important barrier between the external and internal areas of your house. In summer, insulation keeps the heat out, and in winter, it keeps the heat in. If your home is insulated properly, you’ll be more comfortable all year round and also cut your cooling and heating expenditure by as much as 50%.

Timber

Timber is a popular choice for windows and flooring. There are many plantation timbers and composites made from recycled plastic and sawdust available however, be sure to seal your timber floors properly after insulating.

Solar panels

Solar power is created using energy produced by the sun. Solar panels convert light into power which can be readily used for appliances in your home. Although the initial cost of solar systems is quite high, they may save you a great deal of money in the future. Solar energy is estimated to have reduced Australia’s energy use by up to 40% in average homes.

Paint

The colour of paint used in your home can have an impact on the heat levels in a room. By using light-coloured paints inside your home, you improve the levels of light in your house. This reduces the need to use lights during the day.

Windows and Doors

Windows can be the cause of up to a 40% loss of cooling or heating energy. This can be reduced by up to 80% if energy efficient windows are installed. Double glazed windows may be the best solution for your home, particularly if you plan on having larger window panes. As well as erecting curtains, blinds, awnings, and shutters, be sure that your windows close to airtight.

What Next?

When looking at buying a house, check for things like solar panels, double glazed windows, and insulation. While it may not seem important now, these products will provide thermal comfort and save you money and energy in the future.

If you are building your own home its essential to these items are worthwhile installing from the start.

A Thermal Performance Assessment

For advice and recommendations regarding building materials, window requirements and other specifications tailored to meet your project objectives contact Stellar Thermal Assessments for an obligation free quote today.

Reference: Red Energy