With the rising costs of utility bills in recent years, more people are looking for ways to save money, decrease the cost of living and look after the environment at the same time. The home is the perfect place to start saving money and by making simple investments in your home, you can increase the value of your home, as well as cut the costs of utility bills at the same time. Read on below to find out how you can make your home eco-friendly.
Energy rated home:
The eco-friendliness of a home is denoted by the Australian star rating system which gives ratings to homes from a 1 to a 10-star basis, with a 1-star home being the least energy-efficient and a 10-star rated home being the most eco and energy efficient. Although 10 star is the ultimate rating, a 6-star rating is the minimum requirements for energy efficient home. The rating system takes into account a multitude of things around your home and a professional home energy rating assessor rates them based on their energy efficiency, insulation and ecological impact in terms of materials used and the cost of use.
Energy rating assessment on your home also takes into account things like the efficiency rating of the lighting and heating systems installed in the house but not the energy efficiency of home appliances or any device which can run independently of your home’s installed system. Things like fridges and televisions do not count toward the 6-star rating.
Insulating your home
One of the most important aspects of ensuring your home reaches the highest standard of energy efficiency is to ensure the insulation of your home is up to standard. Insulation not only provides the great benefits of keeping your home warm when the weather is cold and cool when it’s hot, but it also ensures you use less energy when heating and cooling your home.
If your home is able to maintain temperature without loss of heat through walls, windows, floors and ceilings, you will use less energy and therefore save more money on energy bills.
The cost of running an air conditioning system can be very high depending on your electricity tariff, so ensuring that your home is well insulated up to the standard that is required the overall energy efficiency of your home.
Loft insulation and loft air regulation are the most efficient ways of obtaining a great insulation system in the home. As heat rises, it often gets trapped in the upper part of your home, making your home too hot when you are trying to keep it cool. There are a number of different techniques available such as loft fan systems, insulation using eco products and recycled materials, to under-floor insulation ensuring that the heat doesn’t build up and the home maintains a comfortable ambient temperature.
A great way to make your home more energy efficient is to install solar panels. Taking advantage of the green source of energy as a compliment to your utility electric will boost your overall energy rating. The cost of solar panel installations has come down dramatically over the past ten years, making it a reasonable investment for most families to make. With initial costs of the system being similar in size to a budget vehicle, the investment is often a no-brainer when it comes to the cost saving in electricity bills in the years to come.
With the lower initial costs, many people are seeing a return on their investments in under 2 to 3 years, making solar panel installation a great way to lower your utility bills, help save the environment by adding a green source of energy to your home, as well as ensure a premium on the selling price of your home.
If the goal is to make your home as energy efficient as possible. There are things you can do across the board to ensure that you will save as much money as possible.