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5. Window and floor treatments Window glass is the thinnest barrier between the inside and outside of your home and, as such, can be responsible for over-heating interiors on hot, sunny days and quickly removing heat on cold days, or as night time approaches. Consider pelmets with well fitted curtains or blinds that are close to the glass and extend beyond the window frame on both sides. Blinds made of soft, heavy material, such as honeycombs, Romans or Holland blinds are best. Many of WA’s new homes feature tiled floors in all rooms except bedrooms. While this is a practical solution from a cleaning point of view, carpets, rugs and even some timber flooring materials are usually more energy efficient for heat retention. Large areas of ceramic tiles can result in a reduction in temperature within the home and may make it harder to heat. This is where your pelmet and window treatments will assist by preventing transfer of all that heated air. 10 New home fit-out Your 6-Star Guide to operating an energy-efficient home
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6. Lighting Around 7% of household energy is used to produce lighting in the average Australian home (see page 4). But recent regulatory changes have seen a substantial drop in power usage through the phasing out of relatively inefficient incandescent light globes and the introduction of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), mains voltage halogen lamps (MVHs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) 11 . Light fittings are also important. Some can block more than 50% of the light and prevent it from illuminating the room 12 . Select fittings that allow the maximum amount of light through and clean them regularly to prevent the build-up of dust which can also have a negative effect on efficiency. Open window dressings during the day to make the maximum use of natural light. Light-reflective surfaces and pale carpets and furnishings will reduce the need for artificial lighting. Consider installing skylights where appropriate – usually in bathrooms, kitchens and stairwells. 11
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The Advantages of Saving Energy The biggest advantage of course is saving money. The careful use of energy and insulation can save the average household hundreds – maybe even thousands – of dollars each year. Comfort is another benefit with an energy-efficient home staying warm in winter and cool in summer. Once you have discovered the ideal settings for your appliances, you will realise how convenient an energy-efficient house can be and that small changes at home can have a real impact on the world outside. 12
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Not too many people realise that many electrical appliances are still using power when they are switched off but still connected to a ‘live’ wall socket. Even some machines that don’t show a red ‘stand-by’ light can still trickle electricity out of the mains for no apparent gain.
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