With power bills continuing to increase every year, many Australians are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient.
It’s a process that makes total sense, given that an energy efficient home is more environmentally friendly, healthier and more valuable to both homeowners and buyers.
So how do you make your home more energy efficient?
Install quality solar panels
Producing your own electricity has to be one of the simplest ways to reduce your power bills and make your home more energy efficient. It’s also a very affordable option, given the government rebates that are currently available in Victoria.
Consider utilising battery storage
A home battery, such as those produced by Tesla, takes your solar power generation to the next level in home efficiency. It lets you store the additional power you produce, rather than only sending it to the grid. This means that if the grid goes down, you can use your own stored battery power while everyone else has to make do without power until the grid is restored.
Convert lights to LED
LED lights use much less power than traditional lighting and conventional bulbs. In fact, they use approximately 75% less energy, last 25 times longer and in most cases emit a brighter light, than conventional bulbs and traditional lights. This means that you use less energy and spend less money on your power bills.
Install ceiling fans
Ceiling fans use far less energy than air conditioners and can be a great substitute when the weather isn’t unbearably hot. So why not install a few ceiling fans in your home and only turn on the air conditioning when it’s essential? You will save money and increase your home’s energy efficiency at the same time.
Install or upgrade your insulation
To maximise the efficiency of your home you need to have high quality insulation in your attic and around the windows and doors. That’s because insulation is a very energy efficient way to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.
Double glazed windows
These are another energy efficient strategy to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. They do this by preventing the air conditioning escaping to the outside in summer and keeping the warm air inside in the winter. This reduces your energy costs all year round.
Install a programmable thermostat
These can save you up to 30% on your heating and cooling bills simply by regulating your home’s interior temperature. These programmable thermostats give you the freedom to live comfortably inside your home, automatically turning off when you leave for work and on when you return home.
Update old appliances
Older appliances use a lot more electricity than newer models, so as soon as appropriate make the change to these more energy efficient models. Most appliances have an energy rating, so it’s easy to select the models with the best ratings.
Switch off and unplug lights & appliances when not in use
Another strategy that saves you additional money is to switch off and even unplug all appliances that are not in use, including the lights. This is a very simple strategy that can save you a significant amount of money in the long term on your energy bills.
If you put in place some or all of these strategies in your home, you will dramatically increase the energy efficiency of your home.
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