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an energy efficient home design

an energy efficient home designYou have the power to save money and energy – and this begins right at home. You help reduce the demand for resources that produce electricity by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.

Make small changes in your household to boost your savings, and this goes a long way in being friendly to nature. Here’s how to do it.

A new light

Almost 10% of your energy budget goes to lighting. Many businesses and residential electricity providers suggest replacing your traditional incandescent bulbs with new lighting technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). This will significantly reduce your energy consumption by 50 to 75 per cent.

Insulate your home

Sealing and insulation are affordable ways to make your home more comfortable and efficient, and you can do them yourself. This can improve indoor air quality while reducing energy bills. A business and residential electricity supplier can assess electricity weaknesses in your property and recommend fixes that will increase energy savings.

Unplug unused devices

Plugged-in mobile phone and laptop chargers and similar items continue to draw electricity even if they’re not charging anything. Be responsible and unplug them after use. You’d be surprised how much energy you can save when you do these simple adjustments.

Be wise about heating and cooling

With the rising cost of electricity around the globe, it’s important to know that there are some ways to save money in the area of climate control. This is significant, given that most Australian households shell out 40 to 50 per cent of their energy budgets to heating and cooling. Start installing programmable thermostats. While this will cost a bit initially, the money you spent will pay for itself in just a few months.

As a property owner, you have total control on how to use your appliances. Be responsible and use them the right way. You will then realize that these energy savings are more than worth the effort.

Terohan Nula

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