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Designing an energy efficient house

Designing an energy-efficient house in Tasmania is essential to reduce energy costs, conserve resources, and minimize environmental impact. Tasmania's unique climate and environment present specific challenges and opportunities for energy-efficient design. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when designing an energy-efficient home.

1. Orientation: Consider the orientation of your house in relation to the sun. A north-facing orientation will maximize natural light and warmth during the day, reducing the need for artificial lighting and heating.

2. Insulation: Ensure that your house is well-insulated to reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. Generally, your new build will not have insulation in internal walls or above the garage, if you are trying to increase the energy efficiency of your home this is an easy way we can help with the cold Tasmanian winters.

3. Windows and Doors: Install double-glazed windows and doors to minimize heat loss and improve energy efficiency. If you would like to go that step further, you may like to consider triple glazing or Low E Agon windows. 

4. Heating and Cooling: Choose an efficient heating and cooling system. Heat pumps (including reverse cycle air conditioners) are the most energy-efficient combined heating and cooling systems on the market. It is important to ensure that the system is correctly sized for your house to avoid unnecessary energy wastage.

5. Lighting: Use energy-efficient lighting, such as LED bulbs, to minimize energy use and reduce costs.

6. Renewable Energy: Consider incorporating renewable energy sources such as solar panels into your build. This can be a costly exercise upfront however will significantly reduce the cost of your day-to-day power usage in the long term. If this is something you are interested in, have a chat to Sally while designing your home and our experienced electrical team can provide you with a quote.

7. Landscaping: Carefully considered landscaping can also help reduce your energy bills. Deciduous trees are a great option when planted to the North as they provide canopy that provide shade in the summer and let the light through in winter.

Designing an energy-efficient house in Tasmania requires careful consideration of orientation, insulation, windows and doors, heating and cooling, lighting, renewable energy, and landscaping. By incorporating these elements into your design, you can create a sustainable and energy-efficient home that minimizes environmental impact and reduces energy costs.

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