When it comes to building a new home or renovating, it’s smart to think about ways to increase energy efficiency, which will benefit the environment and your pocket.
Building an energy-efficient two storey home is one of the most practical investments you can make.
However, if you’re not sure where to start, see our 4 Tips for Building an Energy-Efficient Two Storey Home.
1. Consider your floor plan carefully
Choosing a layout that utilises the best of your environmental conditions can save you a lot on electricity bills. Living areas can benefit greatly from sunlight, so building your home in a fashion that uses the most natural light possible throughout the day is a great way to stay energy-efficient.
2. Invest in double glazed windows
Double glazed windows contribute greatly to energy savings, whilst also providing thermal insulation and noise reduction. It helps prevent unwanted heat coming into the house during summer and reduce the amount of heat escaping in winter, keeping your home at a more comfortable temperature. This is a one-time investment that rewards for years to come.
3. Optimise the use of air conditioning and heating systems
Selecting an efficient heating and cooling system that best suit your home layout and its occupants is the most efficient way of saving on your energy footprint. During the building process, your builder and air conditioning supplier will recommend the ideal system based on floor size, room volumes and thermal design.
For your heating systems, consider using solar energy panels. They are the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to make your two storey home energy-efficient.
4. Maximise the efficiency of your insulation
Most heat entering the house comes in via the roof and ceiling. In two storey homes, investing in roof insulation and between floors will make sure that rate of heat flowing out of the house in winter and into the house during summer, is low. It will also help you reduce the use of heating and cooling systems, save money on energy bills and improve the comfort level in your home.
For more tips on building a two storey home, check out our “How to choose your perfect two storey home design”.