Save money on your energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a few simple changes.

Draught proof your home

Gaps, cracks and even exhaust fans can let both heat and cool air can escape from your home. By far one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of reducing your energy bills, draught proofing your home should be your first point of call. Grab some caulk and a caulking gun and seal off any active gaps. Use covers over your cooling ducts and try some cute sausage dog-style door stoppers to keep the air from escaping out of doors

Insulate your home

Whether it’s your roof, floor or windows, proper insulation is your number one defence against outside temperatures. A home’s windows are a huge source of unwanted heat gain during the summer months, with *tests showing that over 80% of the heat gained during summer can come from windows alone. Double glazing has been known to increase thermal resistance by up to 94% and is supported by a host of environmental, technical and economic credentials.
*Awa.org.au

Update your windows

Windows are one of the chief areas in a home that let the heat in during summer and the cold in during winter. This means that inefficient windows can be a very costly business. Improve the efficiency of your windows by installing double glazing or secondary glazing.

Harness the sun

The sun is plentiful in beautiful Queensland, so why not put it to work for, instead of against you! Installing solar panels can help to cut down on energy costs and come in a wide range to suit all tastes and budgets. Solar power systems are made up of panels and an inverter to generate electricity for your home.

Update your appliances

New appliances like fridges, washing machines and driers use far less energy than older models. Plus, they reduce green house gas emissions. The energy rating label will tell you how energy efficient that appliance is – the more stars the higher the energy efficiency.

Source: EnergyAustralia

Include passive design features

If you are renovating or building a home from scratch, passive design features can help immensely to ensure a more energy-efficient home.
> Make use of cross-ventilation to capture cool breezes
> Try dense building materials like concrete floors or brick walls to help regulate internal temperatures.
> Design areas with the ability to be closed off so they can be heated and cooled in isolation.

Source: Choice.com

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