In­stall ef­fi­cient fit­tings

Central Queensland News - - REAL ESTATE | INDUSTRY NEWS -

THAT’S partly be­cause gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion dic­tates that all new homes must meet a min­i­mum six-star en­ergy rat­ing, and partly be­cause builders have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of sus­tain­able de­sign.

In fact, ear­lier this year, de­sign and build com­pany The So­cia­ble Weaver built Vic­to­ria’s first ten-star prop­erty, a four-bed­room dis­play home in Cape Peter­son that self-heats and self-cools us­ing pas­sive so­lar de­sign, cross ven­ti­la­tion and heavy-duty in­su­la­tion.

Con­struct­ing an 8-star home will, how­ever, gen­er­ally add around 3.6% to the to­tal cost of your build.

But the re­sult is a more com­fort­able home that could save you more than 40% in heat­ing and cool­ing costs.

Of course, you don’t have to build from scratch to ben­e­fit from the re­cent ad­vances made in eco-friendly de­sign.

It’s pos­si­ble to retro-fit many en­ergy ef­fi­cient fea­tures, such as ceil­ing in­su­la­tion, wa­ter-ef­fi­cient shower heads, and LED or com­pact flu­o­res­cent lights.

Whether you choose to build new or up­grade your ex­ist­ing abode, here are five sim­ple ways to make your home more en­ergy ef­fi­cient: point and ex­its at an­other.

The best cross ven­ti­la­tion is achieved by open­ing win­dows or doors on op­po­site sides of your home, so the breeze can flow freely di­rectly through the home. In new homes, higher ceil­ings, wide en­try halls, and slid­ing stacker doors or bi-folds also pro­vide a greater vol­ume of space for air to cir­cu­late.

Aus­tralia’s Wa­ter Ef­fi­ciency La­belling and Stan­dards (WELS) scheme makes it easy to com­pare the wa­ter ef­fi­ciency of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts.

When choos­ing your toi­let, ap­pli­ances, shower heads, and mix­ers, look for fit­tings that have a high WELS rat­ing. A 3-star rated shower head only uses around 6-7 litres of wa­ter per minute, while reg­u­lar shower heads can use up to 25 litres per minute.

Light fit­tings should also be com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps or LEDs.

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