We are the land of droughts & flooding rains, & our temperatures all around the country can be intense. Houses can be little hot boxes or freezing cold in winter, so what can you do to make your home more comfortable?
Most people now days would just say – turn on the split system aircon, but with the rising cost of power bills & our terrible reliance on electricity, that isn’t always a viable option either. This is where Passive Solar Design comes in. This is the way to align your home depending on the angle of the sun to make a huge difference to the interior temperature.
- Living Rooms or Patios on the North facing side
- Bathrooms & Laundries to the South
- Bedrooms to the East unless you have a shift worker
- Have no windows on the West side unless they can be shaded in summer
- Have wide eaves to give shade on the windows & walls in summer
- Deciduous trees to shade in summer & let light in for winter
- Thermal mass flooring inside for winter
But when you have an existing home, you don’t get to change these, so what do you do?? Here’s some of the best tips for saving on power & better heating & cooling your home.
- Update electrical appliances & use low energy globes. There are a few good incentives & schemes to help with this.
- Look into solar or renewable energies, including solar hot water
- Insulate!!! This includes inside wall cavities, ceiling & underfloor.
- Double glaze windows, but if you can’t do that….
- Window furnishings on inside & out. This cuts heat/cold from getting into the house, & insulates the inside preventing you choice of artificial heating/cooling from getting out.
- Add plantings or obstructions outside the house. A deciduous tree will shade in summer & let light in for winter. A thicker hedge closer to the house will help insulate the walls. Shade structures outside can cut the strong sun massively from hitting your home.
- Have a lighter coloured roof. Dark colours absorb heat.
- Add a vent on your roof to let heat out of your ceiling cavity.
- Turn off appliances when not in use. Use natural light, take shorter showers, use energy efficient devices, put on a jumper & socks.
- Recycle wherever possible. Try to repurpose items rather than replacing them & throwing the old one to the tip
These things may seem pretty much like common sense, but it is amazing how uncommon common sense is now days. Back in our grandparents day, this is what they did. But our lives are different now. We are living in a time when air conditioners are a standard in every home & we all have at least 50 electronic devises that we use regularly. We have become so dependent on electricity that we feel like we have to pay – so why not be smart & make that amount cheaper. Not only will your bank balance love these changes, but your home will be more comfortable to live in.
For other free Interior Design Tips –
Storage for Older Homes – http://www.interiordesigneralbury.com.au/storage-for-older-homes/
Heating your home this Winter – http://www.interiordesigneralbury.com.au/tips-on-heating-your-home-in-winter/
Having an older home – http://www.interiordesigneralbury.com.au/a-grandma-of-a-home/
The latest design trend PLANTS – http://www.interiordesigneralbury.com.au/latest-decor-fascination-plants/