Is your Home Energy Efficient

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Is Your Home Energy Efficient

This quick guide will help you improve your energy efficiency immediately,

The outcome of following this guide is three fold.

  • Cut household energy bills
  • Help save the Environment
  • Improve your comfort and health
For your convenience we have arranged this guide in order of ease and cost
  • Level 1. Childs Play – Dead Simple to adopt immediately at no cost (meaning all you have to do is change a habit or unplug something that is really easy)
  • Level 2. Very Easy – to implement but may require some physical work and minor expense (which means you might have to run to the hardware store to buy something and do a little physical work to get it done)
  • Level 3. Easy – Will require more work and may take several hours to complete
  • Level 4. High cost items that may need professional installation. (this could be water storage tanks, solar heating systems, more efficient split system air conditioning etc)
Level 1 – Things you can do immediately.
  • Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater (so you no longer have to add cold water to cool it down for use)
  • Turn off and unplug appliances when not in use (including battery chargers when your phone is fully charged)
  • Turn off all lights when not in use
  • Only fill the kettle for one cup if that’s all you need, it takes longer and much energy to boil a full kettle then the rest is wasted
  • Cook with smaller appliances (did you know a microwave uses 50% less energy than a conventional oven, and toaster ovens use 75% less than a conventional oven)
  • Wash full loads in your dishwasher. Your dishwasher user the same amount of water and energy whether you have half a dozen plates and cups or if its full. You can also save up to 7% energy consumption simply by turning off the heat dry setting and letting the dishes air dry
  • Turn your heating down and put warmer clothes on. You can save up to 10% of your heating cost every couple of degrees
  • Only heat the rooms your in and close the doors
  • Close the blinds and curtains at night to prevent heat loss
  • Run ceiling fans in reverse during the winter months, doing this consistently will make significant savings in your heating costs
Level 2 – Things you can do immediately but may require a little work.
  • Switch your bulbs to CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamp) they are much more efficient and last 10 times longer, (each light being used on average of 4 hours per day can save $30 per year on your energy bill)
  • Plug all the holes in your home. This is one of the best ways to save on your winter heating bills, and deserves more specific detail, the problem areas include
    • Door and window frames and sashes
    • Wall and ceiling vents and fans
    • Electrical, gas and water lines
    • Air conditioning units
    • Check heater ducting for gaps and good seals
    • Phone and TV cables
    • Draft seal all external doors
    • Fireplace chimneys and flues
    • Gaps in floors, around skirting boards and architraves
    • Seal all plumbing pipe penetrations in floors and walls
    • Around the foundations

Note; Products to help you plug all the gaps include weather stripping (foam or rubber), caulking and sealants, foam fillers, and the good old draft sausage for the bottom of the doors.

  • Install low-flow shower heads. This can save up to 4 litres per minute and that’s also less water that needs heating
Level 3 – Things that are easy but will take several hours to complete or cost a little more.
  • Insulate your roof space or ceilings. When this is properly done it can save up to 10% of your heating and cooling costs
  • Dry clothes on the line and stop using the dryer
  • Check and replace the fridge seals if needed
  • Buy energy efficient appliances according to the Energy Star Ratings
Level 4 – These are high cost items that will need professional installation
  • Install solar hot water heating
  • Install double glazed windows or insulate your existing
  • Install Water storage tanks
  • Install more efficient heating.
If you make these changes, you will save hundreds,
possibly thousands of dollars a year on your energy
bills. You will literally stop tons of carbon from
being pumped into the atmosphere each year
Saving energy doesn’t have to be an expensive, involved project. As you can see, all these steps are easy to implement into your home and lifestyle. Whether you’re planning to be self sufficient or just looking to save money and help reduce your carbon footprint, reducing energy consumption has to be everyone’s first step
For a personal energy audit and report on your own home.
You can call your local Independent Property Inspector on
0434 964 355
Or email info@ipi.net.au