WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE MY HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT?

Where do I start?

• Fix leaky taps, showers and toilets

• Turn lights off when you leave the room

• Don’t leave computers or appliances on standby

• Reset the thermostats on your heating and cooling (18° in winter and 24° in summer)

• Install low-energy light globes

• Fit weather seals to windows and doors

• Install external blinds

• Put in ceiling fans

• Change to low-flow shower heads

• Plant a drought-tolerant garden

What should I do?

• Insulate the ceiling

• Buy high-star-rated appliances

• Install solar panels

• Replace toilet cisterns with modern ones

• Upgrade your heating system to a more efficient design

• Put in a water tank

• Upgrade your hot water service

• Fit a grey-water diversion system

• Upgrade your windows using double glazing or other high-tech glass

• Build a pergola or verandah to provide shade where needed

Source: Archicentre

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