Energy Efficient Homes

Energy Efficient Homes

Energy efficient homes in the Blue Mountains use less energy and reduce the carbon footprint which means lower power bills. If you design an energy efficient home look at these features in your home:

1. Insulation: High ceiling insulation such as R4 is essential to keep heat inside the home in winter and reduce heat gain in summer. Thicker walls or super insulated external walls are vital and it’s also relatively cheap to do

2. Energy efficient windows and doors: High-performance windows and doors can reduce energy loss from your home. Look at double or triple glazed windows with a thermal break (to stop heat from going in /out of your home

3. Energy efficient appliances and lighting: Appliances and lighting that consume less energy can save you money on your energy bills.

4. Energy-efficient renewable systems: Incorporating renewable energy systems like solar, wind or geothermal can provide a sustainable source of energy.

5. Smart thermostats can help a home be energy effiicient: Smart thermostats can help energy efficiency by adjusting the temperature in your home according to your life.

6. Water-saving measures: Water-saving measures like low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets can reduce water usage.

7. Having a solar passive is a great way to warm your home in winter and having adequate shading in summer keeps the heat out as well. If you go for Passive House standard, this is not vital

8. Having a sealed building envelope keeps draughts out of your home in winter and summer which helps the energy efficiency of your home, especially in cold climates such as the Blue Mountains

By designing and constructing energy efficient homes, we can reduce our carbon footprint (go for zero carbon), save money on energy bills, and contribute towards a sustainable future.