Over the past few years, temperatures and sea levels have been rising at an alarming rate, leading many of us to ask ourselves what we can do to help. There are many things we can each do in our everyday lives to do our part for the environment, such as recycling and reducing our energy usage. One way in particular that we can make a tangible impact is to improve the energy efficiency of our homes. Here are 5 of the top ways to achieve this.
One of the most obvious and effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home is to have new windows installed. Double glazed window installation can have a huge effect on the amount of energy used by your home, as it seals up any gaps and creates a protective layer in order to prevent air from entering or escaping. This eases the pressure on your heating and cooling systems, reducing the amount of energy needed to control your home’s temperature. This not only means that your systems are more effective and efficient, it also translates to big savings on your energy bills. Doable glazing is readily available, making it one of the easiest and very best ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
Energy saving lightbulbs are a quick and simple change which can have a big impact. Not only do these bulbs make your home more energy efficient, they also last far longer than standard lightbulbs meaning they are well-worth the investment. In the long run, your bills will be cheaper, you’ll have to buy fewer lightbulbs, and best of all you’ll have to change them less often.
Installing eco-flushes on your home’s toilets is another great way to save the planet. By ensuring that no more water than necessary is used each time you flush, you can really improve the energy efficiency of your home. It’s sometimes easy to forget that water is a finite resource, so we all need to do our part to reduce water waste.
- Solar Panels
Solar panels are becoming increasingly more available, especially in Australia where we have more solar coverage per square metre than any other continent in the world. The government has made commitments to generate half of Australia’s energy through solar power by 2030, and as a result many areas offer contributions towards the installation of solar panels. The best part is, after the panels have been installed they provide you with free energy, meaning you can save thousands on your bills. By taking energy from our natural renewable resources rather than from damaging finite sources, we can all help contribute to the longevity of our planet.
- Sensor Lights
When leaving a room, many of us commonly forget to switch off the lights. Not only does this send our electricity bills through the roof, it also has a negative effect on our home’s energy efficiency. By installing sensor lights, which turn on when you enter a room and automatically switch off when there is no movement for a while, you can eliminate this problem for good.
There are many adjustments we can make to our homes in order to do our part for the environment. The silver lining is that all of these improvements also serve to reduce our energy bills, making them a financially as well as an environmentally sound investment.