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How to Build an Energy Efficient Home

Building an energy efficient home will help reduce your electricity long-term. That’s only one of the many benefits of having an energy efficient home though. Here is a list of tips that will help you know what you incorporate into your home right from the start and why.


Solar Hot Water


Keeping your home heated and cooled can be about 18% of your energy bill. Switch to using energy to heat your water. Let the sun do the work! Windows can also allow too much heat to enter your home and not allow the sun to enter in the winter. Place your shade sails strategically around the home. This can also be done using internal blinds or curtains with fitted pelmets.


Solar Power


Generate your very own energy with the use of the sun. This may depend on where you live and how much shade is around your home. We recommend consulting with a solar energy company to see if this option is available to you.


Plant Trees


Trees planted on the sides of your home can not only be attractive but be great for shading the sun. Planting deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter, so they let the sunlight in when it is most needed.


Minimize Reflected Heat


Paving under windows that are facing the sun will increase the heat in your room. The sun will naturally bounce off the paved area and go through the glass. It’s that simple!


Minimize Bore Use


If you have a bore, it uses electricity to pump water from the ground. Planting a water-wise garden will help reduce the usage of your bore.


These are five ways that you help your home become more energy efficient. For more tips for your specific home design, we would love to assist you. Give us a call today!

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