Making your home more energy efficient

Shae Killey3 years ago

Put simply, energy efficiency is using less energy to do the same task. While it might cost you a little more money in the short term, making your home more energy efficient will save you money on utility bills in the long run—helping the environment at the same time! If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, you need to make some important decisions during the design stage of your new build or renovation. From choosing the right building materials to having solar panels fitted and more, there’s a number of energy-saving solutions available depending on your budget.

Overall design


While larger homes will always take more energy to heat and cool than smaller homes, you can help your home by better positioning the living spaces to take in sunlight. Consult with your local builder on the best way to do this and you will be spending less money on heating and cooling bills.

Let there be light


Installing skylights and having plenty of windows around the house is a great way to maximise natural light and minimise the need for artificial light sources. A large percentage of your home’s heating and cooling can be lost through your windows. Installing double-glazed windows will help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Get insulation


Just like double-glazed windows, insulation is a great energy efficient, temperature control solution. The insulation will act as a barrier, protecting your home from excessive heat in the summer and cold temperatures in the winter—reducing the need to use your heater and air-conditioner.

Pick the right appliances


Everyday appliances like your fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave all use energy to run. If you’re looking to save money on energy bills, you should shop around for appliances with better energy star ratings. Not sure how to establish this? Ask one of the staff for help and they’ll point you in right direction. To ensure maximum energy efficiency, you need to be very careful about how you use these appliances and turn them off at the switch when possible

Solar power


The sun is a powerful source of energy that can easily be harnessed by installing some solar panels on your roof. While this can cost you a pretty penny upfront, you’ll enjoy delayed gratification when your energy bill comes in the mail.

Quick energy-saving tips

– Place heaters away from windows
– Paint your home in lighter colours
– Put on warmer clothes before turning the heater on
– Install energy-saving light globes
– Turn the light off when leaving a room
– Clean and service your air-conditioner regularly

Need a hand?

Whether you want some solar panels installed or need some advice making your new build more energy efficient, you’re going to need some professional help. We’ve featured a popular Tamworth builder and solar panel expert who can sort you out.

NS Energy

If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient using solar energy, then let NS Energy help you. Using only the highest quality products in all their energy-saving services, you won’t be disappointed when you choose NS Energy. Whether you’re after solar hot water, power, skylights or roof ventilation, the versatile team here can do all this and more. Start saving money on your energy bills and contact NS Energy for a quote.
Servicing: Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Coonabarabran, Armidale and the surrounding regions

KJ McIIveen Builders

With over 30 years’ experience in the building industry, you can breathe easy knowing you’re in the capable hands of KJ McIIveen Builders. Specialising in 2nd storey extensions, KJ McIIveen Builders can also perform everything from kitchen and bathroom renovations to building new homes, insurance work and more. Perhaps you’re looking for a new deck and pergola for your outdoor area? The passionate and hardworking team at KJ McIIveen Builders will be happy to sort you out, so call them for a quote today!
Servicing: Tamworth and surrounding suburbs

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