Cut Your Winter Costs: 5 Must-Have Energy Efficient Features
Heating bills create an unavoidable dent in your pocket but with these easy tips, you can tell your custom home builder exactly which energy efficient home features to include. That way you can save money and keep your home environmentally friendly.
1. Monitor Power Usage
Installing a ‘smart’ electricity meter or in-home electricity display will help you identify the problem areas in your home. This handy device clips onto your electricity meter and communicates information to a wireless display. You can view your monthly, daily and hourly energy usage, plus, calculate your overall energy cost.
Some energy monitoring systems allow you to check your energy usage on your smartphone. You can see your devices, set on/off timers for them and even switch them off from your smartphone. Targeting areas which are using energy needlessly can help you to remember to turn off appliances so that they are not drawing energy.
Just imagine, you could easily cut your winter costs simply by opening up an app on your phone from the comfort of your own couch. No effort required!
The design and placement of windows, doors and skylights in custom homes have a significant impact on energy conservation in homes. Approximately 40% of a home’s heating energy can be lost through poorly designed windows. Choose windows that are as energy efficient as possible to reduce your energy costs and make your home comfortable.
Before deciding on your windows, understand their energy performance rating. This rating will not account for where you choose to feature this window, so make sure you ask your custom home builder which area will be the most energy efficient space to place your window.
Take into account different types of glazing as this a key component to energy saving. Some types of glazing will absorb heat whilst others will expel heat. It is important to consider seasonal temperatures and how custom homes can be designed to reduce energy costs cyclically. Consider double or even triple glazing.
3. Water Heating
Water heating can burn through your pocket in winter. It accounts for 18% of the energy use in most homes. Choosing an energy efficient water heater for your home can dramatically reduce your energy costs.
When selecting a water heater, take note of its energy source, availability and cost. When considering cost, understand its installation, running and maintenance costs as well because some water heating systems may be expensive at face value, but go on to save you in the long-term. Research into cost comparisons between different water heating systems before you make a decision.
Water heating costs can also be controlled by reducing how much hot water you are using. More than half of all hot water use in households is in the bathroom. Taking a long, hot shower on a cold day may seem like a good idea, but it is actually a major contribution to your energy costs. Cut your winter costs by installing a modern shower head. You could save up to 30 litres per minute!
Insulation is one of the most practical and inexpensive energy-efficient home features. It plays a key role in heat loss and heat gain especially in roofs, ceilings, walls and floors. There is a wide range of insulation materials but it is best to consult with your custom home builder about which type of insulation will benefit your home.
Key areas to insulate include roofs and ceilings as you can lose up to 45% of heating energy through your roof. Wall and floor insulation are also important as they contribute to approximately 25% of your energy costs. You can insulate floors by investing in carpeting. This is a simple and easy option for most homeowners.
In winter, it is important to make sure that cold air from outside is not entering your house through windows and doors. Moisture is a common problem in rainy weather and can result in condensation which can pose a danger to your house and health. The best way to combat this problem is to install an appropriate ventilation system.
Ventilation systems draw drier air from your roof area and circulate this air to eliminate moisture-filled air. Good ventilation can effectively remove all condensation and damp air in your home which will make it more fresher and healthier. It will also make it easier to heat, so you will save money on heating cost.
Incorporating energy efficient home features will save you a bundle on your energy bills throughout winter. Not only do you benefit from this cost wise, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to building a more energy efficient and greener world.
If you are looking for a custom home builder in Melbourne who can deliver on all these aspects, contact Mazzei Homes. Start your home build journey with a builder who is committed to providing the highest standards when achieving their client’s vision.