How to Be Energy Efficient in Your Two Storey Home
Building a two storey home and want to ensure it is sustainable for the long term? Get the tips on how to be energy efficient in your new two storey home.
Saving energy at home can be easy. With plenty of informative resources on the internet to help guide you – you can effectively work towards reducing energy wastage, cutting energy bills and saving money, all while doing your bit for the environment.
There are many different ways to save on energy, but we’ll cover the major ones here:
Look Out for Daily Bad Habits
Daily bad habits like leaving the lights or ceiling fan on can quickly increase the cost of your bills. Start to be more self aware about the often subconscious daily habits you do to prevent wasting energy.
Invest in Insulation
Keep your two storey home at a comfortable temperature by investing in insulation for your ceiling, floors and walls. This will help reduce your energy bills all year round while helping you stay warm in winter and cool in summer (without overusing your air conditioner or heating system).
Update Your Hot Water System
If you are building a new two storey home, then you will be getting an up-to-date hot water system. However, in most traditional homes, there are still out of date hot water systems that can be a big drain on resources. With hot water systems using more energy than all of your other electrical goods combined, it is worth investing in a modern, premium energy-saving hot water system for the long term.
Make Use of the Sun
Western Australia has plenty of sun that can be put to work by installing solar panels. By harnessing the sun, you can drastically reduce your bills and many solar systems come with a gas or electric boost to ensure you are covered even on cloudy days.
Think About Your Windows
This is one of the easier adjustments to make to your two storey home, making it more energy efficient. Inefficient windows can be very costly in the long run. Improve their efficiency by installing double glazing or window films. In addition, make use of fitting blinds or shutters to keep the house cool in summer, but keep them open during the day so you have natural light coming through the living room.
Draught Proof Your Home
There are many sneaky ways for heat to escape in your two storey home, so a short time spent draught proofing can have long lasting benefits. Wait for a very windy day to check the edges of all your windows and doors, as you will be able to hear the draught, in addition to feeling it.
Look for Energy Star qualified appliances
Highly rated Energy Star appliances are up to 30% more efficient than non certified models.
Stay informed with your Supplier
Always stay updated with your supplier’s products, services and information and ask about their dedicated energy packages to reduce environmental impact.
Express Living Homes Homes is a two storey builder with a difference. Read about our Sustainable Technology and Building Materials in the way we build our homes. For more sustainable tips, read our 5 Things to Do in your New Two Storey Living Backyard.