Tag Archive | environment

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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Making your home eco-friendly

How environmentally responsible are you at home? Ever thought of the cost your livelihood has on the environment (or on your wallet)?

This week our ‘Hubbies’ are sharing five handy tips to transform your home into an eco-haven to help you save money and do something good for Mother Nature.

Installing insulation

As discussed in an earlier post about what people wish they had added to their home makeover, people generally don’t think about installing insulation in their home. The Australian summer, as we all very well know, can be unbearable at times resulting in people blasting their air-conditioners. This may be a saviour to the hot weather, but at the same time it hurts the environment and stings your pocket.

Have a think about installing insulation in the roof of your home; the benefits include all year round reduction of heat entering the home through the ceiling and decrease in energy costs. Ask your local Hire A Hubby for more details.

Environmentally friendly windows

Choose the best windows and glazing for your climate. After insulation, it’s the next cost-effective way to keep your home comfortable all year round. A lot of heat passes in and out through windows and doors, so the type of glass and frames you choose can make a world of difference. PVC frames, for example, offer great insulating qualities and are low maintenance.

Paving

Use paving materials that let water soak through rather than run off into the stormwater drain. Speak to one of our Hubby’s about the best options for pavements around your home that don’t seal off the natural environment. These options range from well-laid paving, gravel, crushed quartz and washed river pebbles and provide a long-lasting, low maintenance surface.

Second-hand timber

Whether you are building a cubby house for the kids, garden shed or a backyard fence ask your local Hire A Hubby about using recycled timber.

Replace light bulbs

Energy saving light bulbs lasts six times longer than standard light bulbs. Not only do you change them less often, but you use up to 80 percent less energy. Next time Hire A Hubby comes around to change your light bulbs, ask them about energy saving light bulbs.

For a free quote give Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.