Having an energy efficient home is a great way to save money, so we have created a list of things you can do yourself to audit your homes energy efficiency. This will help you pinpoint some of the easier areas to address.

When walking through your home, keep a checklist of areas you have inspected and problems you found. This list will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades. Even newer homes can have a number of ways to improve their energy efficiency.

LOCATE DRAFTS

First, make a list of obvious drafts. The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 10% to 20% per year, and the home is generally much more comfortable afterwards.

Check for gaps along the edge of the flooring and on the outside of your home, especially in areas where two different building materials meet. Other places to check for drafts include windows, doors, lighting and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets. Here are some fantastic tips on how to locate and stop drafts in your home.

HEATERS/HEATPUMPS

If the unit is more than 15 years old, you should consider replacing your system with one of the newer, energy-efficient units. A new unit would greatly reduce your energy consumption, especially if the existing equipment is in poor condition. If a replacement is not an option, see that it gets serviced regularly. To learn about the different types of heating & cooling options available, check out this article. 

LIGHTING

Energy for lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill. Consider replacing inefficient bulbs with a more efficient choice (LEDs). When shopping for bulbs, consider the brightness of the bulbs you want. For information on how to choose the right energy efficient light bulb, click here

APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS

The appliances and electronics you choose and how you use them will affect your energy use and costs. Here are three things to consider:

  • Unplugging an item when it is not in use
  • Changing the settings or using the item less often.
  • Purchasing a new, more efficient product.

Check out this article on how to choose and use home appliances wisely.

CHECK INSULATION

This is highly important if you want a warm, dry, energy efficient home. Heat loss through the ceiling and walls in your home could be very large if the insulation levels are less than the recommended minimum. The costs of this can add up over winter while trying to heat your home. Our team at AAA Insulation can evaluate your home and assess what suits your budget so contact us to find out more. We specialise in floor, ceiling and wall insulation, and have a range of payment options. Find out more here. Or, use this tool to find out if you are eligible for funding.

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