Saturday, March 8, 2014

89- Energy-Saving Renovations

Energy-Saving Renovations

Energy-Saving Renovations

Saving energy gives you money straight away, and is the best way to reduce your housing costs without having to refinance, re-sell or reconsider where to live. Sometimes people fail to realize this. For some, they want to save energy, but it's as difficult as trying to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day... very difficult.

Electricity bills have risen approximately 20%. Talk about saving the planet from things such as: melting polar caps, rising sea levels and the end of the Great Barrier Reef should be enough to inspire us to reduce our household energy use.

Here are a few tips to help you do that:

• You can't do it all at once - Don't expect to change everything in your home at one time. It may take several years, but the important thing is that you start.

• Start small, but act immediately - Pick easy actions to begin with such as changing light bulbs or taking shorter showers.

•Give everyone responsibilities - The best way to reduce energy use is for everyone to be involved.

• Post your plan where it can be seen - Sometimes we get busy and forget. Posting a list of actions is a reminder of the commitment.

• Track the progress you make - Evaluate and select dates to begin and finish each action, and track the progress.

• Keep watch on your energy bills - This will help you see your savings.

• Make a graph or chart to show your progress - Displaying it with your plan will help inspire you to continue.

Here are a few things you should consider doing:


• Change your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps, energy-saving LEDs, or halogens.

• Use desk lamps and other task-based lighting instead of overhead lighting

• Replace low voltage halogen down lights with energy-efficient alternatives.

• Renovate to include more skylights and windows. This will help maximize natural light and reduce the need to use energy for lighting.


• Take advantage of government grants for homeowners to install insulation.

• Make sure your pipes are insulated. This includes those that run from your hot water heater to the bathroom and kitchen taps. This will reduce heat loss.

• Draught-proof windows and doors

• Insulate the floors and walls of your home to create enough thermal mass to keep perfect temperatures all year round.


• Have your showerhead changed to one that is Triple A-rated and put aerators on your taps. This helps to reduce water usage.

• Take shorter showers

• Install solar hot water to power your showers and take advantage of generous federal government rebates.

These are simple things, but the savings you see will be significant. You will also be doing your part to conserve energy and protect the planet. Remember-Think Green!

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