Energy efficient design
Energy efficient design is about creating homes that are comfortable for people to live in all year round. That is, naturally cool in summer and warm in winter without the need for costly and time consuming energy sources. Temperature and light are maintained at comfortable levels with a minimum requirement for active systems such as heaters, air conditioners and daytime lighting.
Using energy efficiently is the best way to reduce energy bills and environmental impacts while maintaining or even improving comfort levels. Some solutions cost nothing at all and most investments in energy efficiency pay for themselves through lower energy bills.
Energy efficiency has many benefits for home owners:
- You will use less energy through energy efficient design and reduce greenhouse gases.
- You will save money if the sun heats and lights your home, as your power bills will be significantly reduced.
- Your home will require less effort to heat if you use passive design features as tasks such as wood stacking and splitting will be significantly reduced.
You can find more information at these external websites.
Design for Lifestyle and the Future, is a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable.
Sustainable Living Tasmania
Sustainable Living Tasmania will tell you how to make smart purchases and home improvements that maximize energy efficiency and save you the most money.
Department of Climate Change
A home guide to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gases provides information to help every Australian understand how they contribute to climate change, and how they can play an important part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.