Want to build a green home?
You’ll need to reduce your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas you are responsible for. From the electricity you use, to the clothes you wear – everything uses energy to make and it all adds up with the average Australian emitting up to 28 tonnes a year!
That’s not just bad news for the earth – you’re paying for it with your back pocket too. So here are some handy tips for reducing your home’s running costs (and carbon footprint).
- Window Furnishings
To help prevent heat loss in winter and keep you cool in summer, you should look at the type of window treatments you use. The main aim is to restrict air movement around the window. For the best thermal protection, try heavy fabric curtains, and don’t be afraid to use layers to create a snug fit. If you prefer blinds, it’s important that they are well fitted. Consider those with a “Honeycomb” design, as they trap air within cells creating great insulation. With Perth’s hot climate, external blinds and awnings (particularly white) will help protect your windows by reflecting heat
- Switch Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs have long been the dominant globes in households all over the globe but it’s time to switch! Compact fluorescent light bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, while LED bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity (that’s up to one thirtieth of incandescent bulbs!). They may seem expensive, but when you consider that they last up to ten times longer than even compact fluorescent light bulbs, the investment will pay off in the long run. They also don't contain highly dangerous mercury, which seriously enhances your green home credentials.
In the modern world we live in, we’re ever dependent on electronic devices yet they don’t need to be on constantly. Electricity is pulled from the grid even when our devices and appliances are not turned on. By installing timers, we can ensure they’re only consuming power when we need them.
- Use Your Microwave More
The microwave may just be the unsung hero of your kitchen. Did you know a meal that takes an hour to cook in the oven takes just 15 minutes in the microwave? And rather than boiling water in a kettle or on the stove, zap it in the buzz box – it’s super fast, saving you energy bit by bit.
A green home starts with New Generation Homes – the best value new homes (Perth)
Ready to build new and reduce your carbon footprint? Start your journey with New Generation Homes. Our award winning building practices mean you’re guaranteed building excellence that has earned the respect of our peers. From the MBA Excellence in Building Practice Award to our National MBA Award, you know your home is being built by experts, using quality materials and leading, environmentally sensitive building practices. It all leads to happy, satisfied customers.
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