There are many simple, cost effective ways to increase the thermal performance of your home and reduce your electricity consumption at the same time:
- At the design stage, ensure your designer has an understanding of solar orientation & designs your building accordingly.
- Provide adequate protection to your windows & doors, particularly those facing west. An eave overhang or awning 450mm wide is a minimum.
- Insulate your ceiling space (and walls if lightweight construction), we recommend wool blend insulation as it is very effective and doesn’t have the harsh chemicals of some others.
- Does your home have good natural ventilation? Providing cross ventilation, particularly to the prevailing breezes helps in cooling your home. Don’t be afraid to open your windows and let the fresh air in.
- As we are all aware, hot air rises, roof ventilation ensures any hot air that makes its way to the roof space can escape, this can usually be shut off during Winter.
- Double-glazed windows & doors are very effective in reducing heat transfer and improving the thermal performance of a home, definitely worth considering for any new home.
- For high set houses, ensure you have adequate sub floor insulation to prevent hot or cold air entering your home from this area.