The new year is a great time to plan a home renovation. If you’re planning on making some changes to your home this year, why not incorporate some home energy saving projects so you can enjoy both a new and improved house as well as some savings on your energy bill?
1. Insulate your roof, walls and floors
Undeniably, one of the smartest ways to save money on energy bills is by installing insulation in your roof, walls and floors. According to Sustainability Victoria, a fully insulated home could save you up to 45% per year on energy usage, as well as ensuring you’re perfectly comfortable in both the warmer and cooler months of the year with minimum heating and cooling required.
2. Invest in a solar energy system with Reposit
Taking the leap to solar is a big decision but one that will save you thousands in the long run. For maximum savings on your energy bills, opt to connect a solar battery with a Reposit system to gain even more control over your energy through monitoring your usage, using cheap stored energy and selling any excess back to the grid.
3. Upgrade to an energy efficient front door
Did you know as much as 15% of your home’s heating and cooling is lost via the front door? Factors such as glass panels in your front door can greatly impact the efficiency of your heating and cooling efforts. If you’re seeking to upgrade your front door, be sure to look for the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) label to find out the star rating before purchasing.
4. Swap indoor lights for LED & outdoor for solar
This is a very simple but effective project that you can accomplish without a builder! LED lights use approximately 85% less energy than regular halogen or incandescent lighting, which translates to substantial savings on your power bills. Tally up all the lights in your home and make the switch during your renovation. In your front and back yard, harness the power of natural sunlight by choosing solar lighting wherever possible.
5. Installing internal blinds or heavy drapes
New framing and glazing materials have contributed to the drastic improvements to window energy performance, however replacing these items in your home may be more costly and impractical than you desire. Instead, consider installing some good block out blinds or heavy drapes to reduce the amount of heating and cooling that is lost through your windows.
When finding a builder, ensure your ideas are well-researched and planned out. Look to magazines for ideas and inspiration and speak to experts for specialised advice. A builder that is on-board with home energy efficiency is a bonus, but not mandatory as long as your renovation plan is comprehensive.
Incorporating even just one or two of these projects into your renovation will both improve the functionality of your home and allow you to take advantage of reduced power bills. If you’d like to know more about Reposit and how it could work at your home, speak to one of our friendly team members today.