How to build green credibility in the home

If you’ve been watching reality TV show The Block over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed one of the contestant challenges is to reduce energy use.

While really only focussed on reducing the amount of energy used by power tools during renovations, anytime you do major work around the home or property maintenance is a great opportunity to improve its design and efficiency.

This week, we thought we’d discuss a few points about reducing energy efficiency in the home to save money into the future and do something good for the environment at the same time.

Areas to check:

Home design, heating and cooling, insulation, outdoor areas and appliances are all things you need to consider.

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Rules and regulations:

Talk to your local Hire A Hubby about building regulations as there may be energy and/or water saving requirements in your local area. There may also be rebates available if you’re installing energy or water saving equipment.

Design and interior layout:

Rather than run the air-conditioner throughout summer, or heating during winter, why not try to make the most of the natural elements outside? Windows or openings on more than one side of the living area create air flow and high windows allow hot air to escape. Talk to your local Hubby about igniting the natural elements in your home.

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Materials:

Not only is the sustainability of the materials you choose something to consider, ask Hire A Hubby about how different timbers and paints can impact the heating or lighting of your home.

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For more information about what you can do around the home to reduce energy use, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

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