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Being Energy Efficient for the homeowner

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How do you stay warm in Winter while you reduce your energy bills, and also keep an eye on your carbon footprint?

One of the most challenging situations is flat roof, concrete slab existing homes, as they are usually an old build and lack any insulation. The main issue with a flat roof is cavity size, the access will determine what materials you can use to insulate and begin to save money. The most common insulation that ticks all the boxes, keeps people warm, reduces carbon footprint and saves on energy is cellulose – which is 90% recycled paper which gets pumped into the cavity. The best place to start is the ceiling as you will retain up to 50% of your heat with this action, then move to floors and walls to be able to retain up to 80% of your heat generated.

Solar panels and battery systems are a hot topic in Australia at the moment, however there are things to consider before installing a system. A lot of people forget that if their house loses heat there is no point even to start looking at a battery system to compensate – this is literally throwing money out the window. The first step is an insulation system – over a whole day if you could hold 50% of heat generated in your household, then you only need to generate half the total amount of heat for a solar, off-grid system. Therefore, it reduces your battery system by half. That kind of hypothetical – can save you $15,000 – $20,000 in install costs, a massive amount.

Learn more about getting started to becoming more energy efficient in the first video of the Energy Efficiency 2017 Winter Series below.

Thanks for MC, Yvonne Adele, we recently caught up with Kayne Bourrillon, Enviroflex Insulation and Slyph Dominic Hawkins, Melbourne Custom Batteries Company to discuss how to get started in becoming a more energy efficient household.

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