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    There’s no better time to educate yourself on energy efficient home technologies than when you’re building a new home.

    This is an exciting time because you have the opportunity to choose products for your home that will not only be positive for the environment but also positive for your hip pocket.

    Despite this, it can also be a confusing time due to the vast array of energy efficient products on the market.

    Because Hotondo Homes is committed to a carbon conscious future, we endeavour to offer energy efficient home technologies in our designs that won’t cost the earth, will save on energy bills without compromising on lifestyle and meet the evolving energy efficient standards in residential design and construction.

    Here are some easy and simple tips to make your new home more energy efficient:

    FLOOR PLAN

    The floor plan you choose for your new home will ultimately determine how much energy you will use. For example, larger homes will cost more to heat and cool. Similarly, good design can make certain spaces feel bigger than they actually are.

    By positioning the living spaces to take in the northern sunlight, the home will have less need for artificial warmth and cooling systems and you will therefore save on heating and cooling bills.

    SKYLIGHTS & WINDOWS

    Skylights disperse light from above, therefore getting rid of rising hot air. This can be an effective way of maximising natural light in the home.

    Putting in double glazed windows is a great way to ensure heat is kept out in summer and warmth is kept in during winter as a large proportion of a home’s heating and cooling can be lost through its windows.

    INSULATION

    Quality insulation ensures the thermal comfort of the home. It acts as a barrier against heat entering the home in summer and warmth escaping the home in winter.

    APPLIANCES

    Choosing energy efficient appliances in your new home is a great way to save on your energy bills, especially with large appliances like your fridge, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. Many new appliances have energy rating labels on them to help you make this decision.

    How you operate and maintain your new appliances also affects how much energy you use in the home. Consider turning some appliances off at the wall if you can or position them correctly. For example, placing your fridge next to a warm appliance like your oven will draw more power because the fridge will be working harder to stay cool.

    SOLAR POWER

    Harnessing solar power is one of the best ways to reduce Australia’s dependence on fossil fuels, according to the CSIRO. Fitting a home with solar panels is also a great way to reduce energy bills in the home.

    MORE ENERGY SAVING TIPS

    • Place heaters away from windows
    • Choosing light paint colours can improve the look and feel of natural daylight in the home
    • Put on a jacket or jumper before turning the heater on
    • Change to energy saving light globes
    • Clean your air conditioner and heater regularly
    • Use fans rather than air conditioners
    • Turn off your cooling or heating overnight and when you’re not home
    • Only switch on lights when you cannot utilise natural daylight
    • When you leave a room turn the light off
    • Consider installing censor lights outside
    • Install a AAA-rated water efficient shower head
    • Keep doors, curtains and blinds closed on really hot days
    • Defrost food naturally instead of using the microwave
    • Boiling water in an electric kettle is 50% more efficient than using the stove

    To find out more about building a home that is energy efficient contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.