6 Tips to Build an Energy Efficient Home

6 Tips to Build an Energy Efficient Home5 Star Reblocking and Underpinning is dedicated to minimizing our carbon footprint however we can. This means doing our due-diligence when investigating the materials that we use, and aiming whenever we can, to adjusting our processes so that they’re sustainable. We know that this is important to many of customers as well. Not only is living sustainably important for the environment, it can be a game changer for your wallets as well. Over time, small shifts in design can equate to big dollars saved in your wallet. You can tell, just by surfing the Web, that more and more houses on the market are adding energy efficient components to their design.

Instead of buying a whole-new house, we thought we’d put together a list of shifts that you can make, if you’re interested in exploring energy-efficient design:

Replace internal hot water services

The first thing that needs to go? Older space heaters and internal hot water services which are powered by gas. These are not only inefficient, they can also be really dangerous. We recommend that you explore heat pump hot water units or continuous gas as replacements.

Invest in energy efficient appliances

Energy efficient appliances are a great addition to any home, and an easy way to cut down on your monthly energy bills. More and more companies are coming out with lines of washers, dryers, and dishwashers, which use exponentially less water. Your clothes and dishes come out just as clean, but you’ve spent far less money. Just make sure that you’re keeping an eye on the star rating system, which was introduced to keep manufacturers honest about how energy efficient the products are.

Insulate your roof

Adding insulation to your roof and/or ceiling will keep maximum heat in during the colder months, and maximum cool air in during the summer months. Add bulk insulation between 90 and 150mm thick, with no gaps or holes. Solar panels are also a great alternative to regular windows, and help to shade your roof.

Seal window sashes and doors

Explore double glazed and well-sealed windows and doors. If this isn’t an option, you can still seal all of your window sashes and doors to ensure that excess air isn’t sneaking through.

Install blinds

This may come as a surprise, but pesky blinds actually play an important role in the design of your home, especially in the warmer months. When they’re properly drawn, you won’t lose as much heat through your windows.

Insulate your home from underneath

Finally, If you’ve had your home recently restumped, or you’re looking to restump, make sure that you carpet or insulate your home from underneath. This is an ideal way to prevent either heat loss or gain, as well any drafts. You can also find special foil bats on the market that will help. When in doubt, give your friends at 5 Star a call. This is one especially close to our hearts.

5 Star Reblocking and Underpinning is passionate about ensuring your home is one that you can build generations of memories in. Questions or comments about any of the above? Give us a shout. We’d love to hear from you.

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