There’s a lot to think about when you’re setting up your new home, but one thing many people forget about is energy efficiency.
There are heaps of easy ways to reduce the amount of energy you use in your new home. We’ve written a list of little things to keep in mind when you first move into your new place.
Windows can have a huge impact on your overall energy usage, after all, they let light – and heat – into your home. During the summer months, the less solar heat that enters through your windows, the less you’ll need to use your air conditioning. Lighter coloured blinds are best because they deflect the heat back outside, whereas, darker blinds will absorb the heat, therefore warming up the room. During winter, heavy or layered curtains come in handy by increasing the insulation in your home, and decreasing the amount of heat that escapes through your windows.
Surrounding your home with plants not only creates a more tranquil and relaxing environment, but they can also work wonders when it comes to reducing your energy usage at home. Deciduous plants are great in particular, because they shelter your home from the sun’s heat during summer, but let warmth in during the cold of winter.
Heating water in your home takes a lot of energy – in fact it accounts for up to a quarter of your home’s power usage. Installing a water efficient shower head can help to minimise the amount of hot water you’re using in your home.
Upgrading to energy efficient lighting is an easy way to reduce the amount of energy that you use. Replace the light globes in your house with energy efficient bulbs to reduce the amount of energy it takes to light your home. Using lamps is also a great way to use less power, by lighting only the spaces that you are using. It’s also a good idea to make the most of any natural light in your home where possible.
Up to 25% of household heat loss is caused by air draughts from improper seals. It’s a great idea to go through your new home and check the seals on all doors and windows for any gaps. Draughts can be a real problem in older homes, and ridding your home of them is a key solution for maintaining a comfortable temperature without spending a fortune on heating and cooling.
If you want to manage your home energy usage, you need to know when it’s on the up. If you have a digital meter you can now see how much energy you’re using daily with AGL’s online account tool, My Account. View your historical usage to learn where spikes occurred or get next-bill projections to help stay on track. Register and learn more here (AGL customers only).