Energy_Efficiency.pdf

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Kirsten Rose CEO, Sustainable Energy Association of Australia Your 6-Star Guide to operating an energy-efficient home 2
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3 “There are real rewards to be gained from using energy wisely in your new home.”
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Congratulations! You are building your new 6-Star energy efficient home, you have saved well for one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, and like most home-owners you will be reminded of that each time you make a mortgage payment. The reality is this is where your costs just start. You’re also going to have to deal with the cost of living in your home that can ultimately add up to more than the purchase price. No doubt you are already aware that the cost of energy - electricity, gas and fuel - is expensive and always seems to be increasing. The good news is that there are a few simple operating tips that can help you get the best performance out of your minimum 6-star rated home and shield you from these ever increasing operating costs. Now let’s look at how you can achieve these simple, cost-saving, energy- efficient measures. Your 6-Star Guide to operating an energy-efficient home 4 Save energy. Save money Diagram 1: Energy Use in Australian Homes: Heating & Cooling 38% Other Appliances 16% Lighting 7% Cooking 4% Stand-by Power 3% Fridge & Freezers 7% Water Heating 25% Source: (Australian Government 2012)
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5 Since 2003 Australian homes have been required to comply with design standards that meet minimum levels of energy efficiency 1 . The rating system is similar to what you see on whitegood appliances, but on a scale of one to ten. The more stars, the more energy efficient. As of 1 May 2012 the Building Code of Australia demands that all new homes built in Western Australia must be capable of attaining a minimum 6-Star energy rating or an approved equivalent 2 . The overall objective is to make sure that every part of your home that is in some way energy dependent, meets – or even exceeds – the 6-Star energy rating. Make it easy. Ask your builder. If your home is still in the pre-construction phase, your builder, and those companies that supply appliances, will know precisely which features you need to make your new home as energy efficient as possible. Some builders have been progressive in this area and engaged in energy efficiency well before they were regulated to do so 3 . It has given them far better experience in making the changes more cost-effective than those that resisted and left it to the last minute. Ask your builder to aim for even more stars attainable within your budget. The long term benefits are compelling. Mandatory disclosure In much the same way as the 6-Star energy rating has been made mandatory, the government is currently developing policy to make it compulsory for homeowners who are selling their properties to disclose to the purchaser the performance of energy, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions 4 . Such disclosure already exists for residential properties in the Australian Capital Territory 5 . No time frame has yet been announced however we consider it inevitable and this is one way to future proof your home.
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  • Greenhouse gas, energy-efficient home, Efficient energy use, Water heating, 6-Star Guide

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