Autumn and winter are lovely seasons in the Blue Mountains and Penrith areas with beautiful displays of autumn foliage and crisp weather. As the weather cools down we love to come home to a cosy house – unfortunately this is where we can hit with large power bills. This can be significantly improved for those building a new home. There are so many opportunities with a new build to design a homes to maximise energy efficiency, reduce your bills and create less of a drain on the environment.
Size isn’t everything! Obviously the larger the home, the more energy will be required to heat and cool your living areas. While there is no need to resort to squeezing your family into a ‘tiny home,’ it does make good sense to spend some time looking at your lifestyle and which layout will best suit you and your family over time. What rooms do you need now and is it likely that your situation will change over the next few years as children leave home or elderly relatives move in. It really is worth thinking hard about the costs involved with heating rooms with very high ceilings. Open plan areas can also be problematic for heating and cooling. Again, it comes down to lifestyle – maybe open plan is best for your family but perhaps you might re-think the height of ceilings in your home.
It’s amazing how much difference can be made to energy consumption by paying close attention to the layout of your new home. Keeping cool in summer and taking advantage of sunlight in winter is important when considering a design for your new home. Wherever possible it’s best to locate bedrooms on the eastern or southern sides of the house. It’s also wise to position the main living areas on the northern side of your house. As areas like the garage, bathrooms and the laundry don’t require heating or air conditioning and are best built on the southern or western side of the house.
Zoning rooms can also make a difference to energy efficiency. Your kitchen, bathroom and laundry all use hot water and by positioning them in the same area you will help to reduce the heat loss in pipes. It also makes sense to group together rooms that have similar use (once again this comes down to your lifestyle). An example could be to position the dining area next to the kitchen and living room separated by doors. This way you can heat the rooms that are in heavy use.
Ring Woodford Homes today to discuss how to make your new home more energy efficient in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and surrounding areas.
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Call us today on 4751 9577 to make an appointment to meet with Allen Smith, our Client Services Manager.
Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. We can also organise a meeting at your home at a time that suits you.
We’re more than happy to talk to you about your plans, show you examples of our past work and give you an idea of the fittings and fixtures we supply and recommend.
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