Make more energy efficient choices during your home renovation which could help you save money in the long term.
Home renovations can be a big undertaking, but with some planning, it can set you up for equally big savings on your energy usage.
Plant your energy savings
Think outside the square to increase energy efficiency: include the garden in your renovation. It’ll help you:
Energy efficient light fixtures
When you’re buying lighting, you’ll find it easy to choose an energy efficient option as most inefficient forms of lighting have been phased out.
Your best bet is with LEDs or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
Renovating is also a great opportunity to look at how much natural light gets into your home. If you can add some well-designed windows (that let in light, not heat) or skylights, you should be able to cut down your energy usage.
Stop your energy from flying out the window
Up to 87 per cent of your home’s heat comes in through windows, making them a must-do in any renovation.
Solar systems give you all the hot water you need
The humble hot water system is an often-overlooked part of a renovation, but as the second highest energy user in your home (after heating and cooling), it’s time to give it a good, hard think.
Solar hot water is the most energy efficient option on the market. While a solar system costs more upfront, it could provide up to 90 per cent of your hot water (depending on your local climate).
With a few tricks up your sleeve, your home will be ready for its new evolution as an energy efficient dwelling.
And, while you’re renovating, why not give your energy offer a fresh coat of paint with Simply Energy’s great range of offers on gas and electricity. Find out more here or call us on 13 88 82.