Ensuring your home is energy efficient is becoming increasingly important to consumers looking to save energy, money, and the environment. When moving into a new home, or building for the first time, there are several factors to consider, and to look out for.
Tips for Consumers
EnergyWatch.com.au benefits consumers by saving money on their power bills. Ben Polis and his team have put together some tips on how to be smarter and reduce energy bills, as well as reducing your carbon footprint. Keep these tips in mind when choosing new appliances or building a new home.
Shopping for appliances
• Choose the product or appliance with the highest energy efficiency star rating. The more stars, the more efficient the product and the less power it will consume
• If installing a central heater or air conditioning unit, buy a system which can be zoned to heat or cool to save having two separate systems
• Install compact fluorescent lights which use up to 75% less energy than standard light globes
Building a new home
• When building, choose to group together rooms that use hot water (such as kitchen, bathroom, laundry) to minimise heat loss in pipes
• Install solar hot water which allows you to generate your own electricity for your hot water system from sunlight, and choose energy smart building materials such as weatherboard or timber
• Ensure the home is fully insulated – a well-insulated home is up to 10 degrees warmer in winter and up to seven degrees cooler in summer
• When choosing building blocks, consider the solar access to the north side of the house and tree coverage and height for shade
Ben Polis is founder and Managing Director of EnergyWatch.com.au
Who is EnergyWatch.com.au?
EnergyWatch.com.au is an independent energy broker that provides a free consultation for people to compare the electricity retailers in their area and get a better deal in just a few minutes. Their mission is to save people money by helping them to make an informed choice on which provider best suits their needs.
Founded by Ben Polis in response to the continued forecast increases in energy prices across Australia, EnergyWatch.com.au seeks to educate consumers and businesses of the various options available for their energy needs when selecting providers. Their success to date has saved more than 100,000 consumers collectively millions of dollars across Australia.