Heat up and reduce electrical costs
Friday, 10 July 2015 3:25 PM
Winter in Australia means two things – complaining incessantly about the weather and being terrified of your electricity bill. We can't do much about the first one, but we can share a few tips that will help reduce the weather's impact on the second. Here's how clever design in your new home can help keep electricity costs down.
When it comes to your home's overall temperature, the most important step takes place before a single tradie sets foot on site. The aspect of your block – and how you design your home in relation to it – will control how much sun reaches different parts of the house at different times during the day. Your local G.J. Gardner Homes builder can help you design a home that gets maximum benefit from the winter sun.
Open-plan living is wonderful, but large spaces can be harder to keep warm. If you are designing a bigger home, ensure the floorplan is divided into 'zones' that can be heated or cooled individually, and consider allowing some spaces (such as a study or media room) that can be closed off to preserve natural warmth.
Most home builds occur on a tight budget, and it can be difficult to justify additional costs. But if you are going to splurge on something, consider investing in double glazing for your windows and sliding glass doors – you'd be amazed at how much heat escapes through standard fittings. Also check the thermal efficiency of your framing material – timber and PVC rate more highly than aluminium – and ensure all windows and doors are properly sealed.