There are a few simple strategies you can incorporate into your new home design which will make your space more energy efficient. The following energy saving design ideas are easy to accomplish and won’t cost you the earth, they may even save you money on your power bills.
When building a new home, the orientation and floorplan can determine the energy required for heating and cooling. The position and orientation of your home will depend on where it is located and the specific weather conditions it will be subject to. In Australia, this will generally be east-west. In winter the home should gain maximum sunlight for heating, and in summer offer a shady retreat.
An open floor plan feels welcoming and spacious but can prove difficult when trying to maintain a consistent temperature. A smaller home will use less energy and your builder can use design techniques to make it appear bigger than it is. Alternatively, a two storey home will give you the space you need, while being more energy efficient. A two storey home has less roofing and the second storey will protect the first from the elements.
In recent times manufacturers have made it easier to understand how each appliance rates in terms of energy and water efficiency. When you purchase new equipment, it will come with a label, and the more stars it receives the cheaper it will be to run.
The star rating system comes in two styles; the general 6 star label, or a 10 star label for those appliances which rate above 7 stars. Use these star ratings to compare the energy consumption of similar products.
There are a range of energy trackers available which can plug into the wall, and can determine how efficiently your appliances are running. Find out statistics on the current, power used, voltage and power cost. This information will alert you when there are any malfunctions.
Up to 15% of your electricity bill will be attributed to lighting, and it is not an area which should be neglected. By including energy efficient globes, you could be reducing their energy consumption by 50%.
The sun provides natural light, and with the correct placement of windows and skylights can brighten a room without overheating it in summer. Energy efficient windows can be incorporated into a design to act as insulation while still allowing the light to enter.
When you paint your walls in a lighter shade such as white, they will reflect the light. This means it will be less likely you will need to switch on during the day. Even the colour of your roof can make a difference, aim for a lighter shade and include solar panels. Don’t forget, the paving around the home can also affect the temperature, once again aim for those lighter hues.
Water saving shower heads are readily available and can be a statement piece in your new bathroom. Combined with shorter showers they will reduce both your energy and water consumption. Be eco friendly and set up grey water systems, a clothesline, and rain water tanks in your garden to complement the landscaping. Keep in mind the clothes dryer could cost you up to $3.00 in energy costs for a single cycle!
An energy efficient dishwasher will actually use less water and energy than hand washing. Saying goodbye to the mundane task of washing the dishes could actually be the smarter choice.
Planning your custom energy saving designs should start before you build your new home or renovation. Contact Us today to find out how our experienced builders can create the living space you have been dreaming of.