An energy-efficient home is more livable and more affordable. Reducing energy waste is a means of saving money. You have to invest time and resources in assessing your current energy usage, and in implementing the necessary modifications.

Financing an energy-efficient home is now an option for many households in Australia and New Zealand. Once you learn which household operations are utilising the greatest amount of electricity, you can explore solutions to make your home a model of energy efficiency.

Do you want to start making a few changes today? We can help with key tips to make your home a positive beacon for the environment.

Household appliances

Based on estimates, appliances comprise about 13% of the total household energy use. It may not seem much, but your monthly utility bill will reveal if the appliances you use routinely are eating up too much power.

Aside from considering the price of the equipment you need for household use, consider looking into its energy efficiency. Favour appliances that consume less energy (and water) than typical models. The savings you get for each type of appliance differs.

While you are contemplating on this, pay attention to the annual operating cost of the equipment. The math should be simple enough. The gains are considerable in terms of energy efficiency.

Roofing

metal roof

While this change may not be possible to implement overnight, you must consider roofing systems that are insulated. The most energy-efficient roofs are made from copper, steel, and aluminium – metals that have been popular in the commercial and industrial sectors.

Durability and longevity are the key advantages offered by metal roofs. They do not need much maintenance and will make your home energy-efficient with proper insulation. Insulated metal roofs keep the heat in and the noise out.

More technologically advanced panels are available as well as eco-friendly options. The variety of designs, colours, and thicknesses are considerable, and would easily fit into current architectural and aesthetic themes.

Lighting

Which lighting fixture in the house is using up most electricity? You guessed it right – the porch lights. Advanced fluorescent and LED technology allow you to keep the porch lights on while still saving energy. Aside from the porch lights, the bedside lamp could use an upgrade as well.

Incandescent lamps have been in use for decades, but these traditional options are not energy-efficient. The easiest way to get into an energy-saving mode is to change the lights you are using. You can save a few hundred dollars a year if you use certified lighting technology.

These days, you will not have to make do with a few options. Energy-saving light bulbs and light fixtures are easy to find. The financial benefits can be considerable.

An energy-efficient home could be a model for the community. You can be an advocate for energy efficiency while gaining savings, which you can allot for other household expenses. Indeed, you must invest in new appliances, new light fixtures, and perhaps a new roofing system.

Yet, the cost of these changes should not distract you from the long-term benefits. Your investment today would pay off handsomely.