Energy Saving Advice

Advice From Our Team

We all want to save on household running costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions, so here are some helpful tips you can easily adapt to your existing house to make it a more energy efficient home:

  • Weather-strip all windows and external doors
  • Install covers to all down lights
  • Install a draftstoppa to all exhaust fans
  • Install curtains or blinds to help with regulating the temperature in the house
  • External window coverings (awning, shutters) help with blocking out that summer sun
  • Seal all gaps and cracks
  • To easily reach areas, install or upgrade insulation

For New Builds, here are some helpful design tips to help improve your star rating:

  • If possible, position your living areas on the north side of your house
  • Position windows on the north side, ideally with a verandah
  • Eaves are great for blocking out the summer sun but still allowing the winter sun in
  • Double glazed windows
  • Position laundry’s, toilets, bathrooms etc. on the south side
  • External awnings over windows help with keeping the summer heat out of your house
  • Please note that finding the balance with the quantity of glazing can be difficult. Sometime too much glazing can work against us and also too little glazing can too.  It’s ideal to appoint an energy rater during your design process to ensure we are able to reach the required star rating.

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme

This video explains the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). NatHERS is a star rating system (out of ten) that rates the energy efficiency of a home, based on its design.