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Home Energy Advice

Understand Your Energy Usage!

Sometimes, the best thing you can do to save money around the home is to first understand your home water and energy usage.

For example – do you know the most efficient times to be heating or boosting your hot water system? Have you shopped around for a better rate? What type of heater is best for your home? Have you considered installing insulation in the ceiling?

Select the situation that best suits you below for some quick tips and tricks to saving energy in your home!

The PERFECT Time!

If you are in the process of designing, building or renovating your home – there is NO BETTER time than NOW to plan, budget for, and install high quality, energy saving products to your home.

You have the freedom of choice to make your new home extremely comfortable – while still being affordable to run and maintain!

Passive Design

Did you know 40% of energy use within a home comes from heating and cooling?  A passive home can dramatically reduce your energy consumption. Things to consider are aspect, roof line, eave sizes, window placement, landcape, and layout!

Insulation

Insulation is essential to be ensuring your home will be comfortable all year round, ideal places to install insulation are: under roof cladding, above ceiling, in walls and under suspended timber floors!

Lighting and Appliances

These have come a LONG way in the past few years, and spending extra time researching will pay off in the long run! Especially now that most researching can be done from the comfort of your lounge!! Hot water systems are one of the most energy intensive appliances in your home – so choosing the right solar hot water system is critical.

Solar Energy

The solar industry is ever evolving and new products are entering the market regularly. There are many different ways to utilise solar energy depending on how you will be using your home. If somebody is home all day using power, a straight grid connected system may be ideal for you. If everybody is at school / work – then a battery storage system may be the ideal choice – but investing in the build stage of your home is a great way to reduce ongoing bills in the future!

Rainwater Harvesting

Water tanks must be installed on all new homes in NSW, and many other states across Australia and connected to your toilet, laundry and outside tap. When designing your rainwater harvesting system, you want to ensure you have the correct gutter protection as well as a reliable water pump to deliver constant pressure to your taps and appliances and ensure years of trouble free operation.

Energy efficient (or solar) pool pump

If you’re installing a pool, there are some great energy efficient options on the market these days that vary their speed depending on the requirement and run using a fraction of the energy that a fixed speed pump will do.

There are also now solar pool pumps that utilise the sun’s energy to circulate the water saving you huge amounts of energy over the life of the system.

But wait there is more!

We could go on forever, but why not drop in and talk to us about your project and we can personally advise you based on your home, lifestyle and family situation.

Contact us below to book a time!

Our friends at Green Homes Australia have kindly allowed us to give away their Step-by-Step guide to building a green home! It’s the PERFECT e-book for anybody looking to build, or currently building a home and are looking for ways to build it much more efficiently!

You Have CONTROL!

Insulation

Insulation is essential to be ensuring your home will be comfortable all year round, ideal places to install insulation are: under roof cladding, above ceiling, in walls and under suspended timber floors!

Lighting and Appliances

These have come a LONG way in the past few years, and spending extra time researching will pay off in the long run! Especially now that most researching can be done from the comfort of your lounge!

Halogen down lights are VERY energy intensive! Many get confused that “Low Voltage” actually means “Low Power” – this is not the case, and most Halogen downlights (which were in fashion 5-10 years ago) use 50watts, 100watts or even 200 WATTS from a SINGLE globe!

Change it out for some LED’s and you’ll drop that to as little as 5 or 10 watts and still get great light output! With the right globes, you can potentially run 10 x LED lights for the cost of just 1 x Halogen!

Solar Energy

The solar industry is ever evolving and new products are entering the market regularly. There are many different ways to utilise solar energy depending on how you will be using your home. If somebody is home all day using power, a straight grid connected system may be ideal for you. If everybody is at school / work – then a battery storage system may be the ideal choice – you can view some more information on our solar energy systems and what may be best for you here.

Hot Water Systems

The Apricus evacuated tube hot water systems are our system of choice, we have personally been working with them for over 12 years – and they’ve proven to be high quality, efficient, reliable and designed for Australia’s tough conditions.

You can replace your electric water heater with a solar water heater and even receive Government incentives of between $1000-$1800 on your home solar system. Click here to check out what rebates you may be able to claim!

Rainwater Harvesting

Water tanks must be installed on all new homes in NSW, and many other states across Australia and connected to your toilet, laundry and outside tap. When designing your rainwater harvesting system, you want to ensure you have the correct gutter protection as well as a reliable water pump to deliver constant pressure to your taps and appliances and ensure years of trouble free operation.

Energy efficient (or solar) pool pump

If you’re installing a pool, there are some great energy efficient options on the market these days that vary their speed depending on the requirement and run using a fraction of the energy that a fixed speed pump will do.

There are also now solar pool pumps that utilise the sun’s energy to circulate the water saving you huge amounts of energy over the life of the system.

But wait there is more!

We could go on forever, but why not drop in and talk to us about your project and we can personally advise you based on your home, lifestyle and family situation.

Contact us below to book a time!

Simple Tricks, GREAT Results

Great! You may not own the property – but that doesn’t mean you have to live inefficiently! Some things you can update easily (with permission from your real estate agent) are:

Shower heads

Upgrade to water saving shower heads – the new ones are great and use much less than the old ones!

Lighting

Halogen down lights are VERY energy intensive! Many get confused that “Low Voltage” actually means “Low Power” – this is not the case, and most Halogen downlights (which were in fashion 5-10 years ago) use 50watts, 100watts or even 200 WATTS from a SINGLE globe!

Change it out for some LED’s and you’ll drop that to as little as 5 or 10 watts and still get great light output! With the right globes, you can potentially run 10 x LED lights for the cost of just 1 x Halogen!

Heating and Cooling Naturally

Opening and shutting windows / curtains / blinds at efficient times of the day will help reduce your heating and cooling expenses. E.g. leave open your north facing blinds during winter to let the sunshine heat the room, and then shut them before it gets dark to retain as much heat as possible!

Showering Patterns

Shower timers – are cheap to buy, and will help prompt you not to spend too long in the showers (even if you turn it twice every now and then after a tough day at work! At least you will be conscious of the time spent!!). Remember – hot water must be reheated after you use it – and that is done by electricity or gas!

Shorter showers = less hot water used = less energy to pay for!
Talk to NCPW today for expert advice on your next project, whether its a small renovation, multi-residential development or setting up a farm… We can help you!