Energy Coach - November
As the temperature begins to climb through November, here are some practical tips to beat the heat, categorized by cost and ease of implementation.
Smart Strategies to Beat the Heat Efficiently
With the Australian summer fast approaching, maintaining a cool and energy-efficient home should be a priority for Australian households every November.
From Free & Easy to Cheap & Effective to Expensive but Worth It, Energy Coach has your November energy efficiency roadmap covered, no matter what your budget.
Free & Easy
It costs nothing more than a bit of thought and a little effort to start your energy efficiency journey. Here are our Free & Easy tips to get you started this November.
Reorganize Daily Activities
Adjusting the timing of energy-intensive tasks is a zero-cost way to manage indoor temperatures. Perform tasks like laundry, dishwashing, or baking either early in the morning or late at night to avoid adding heat during the hottest parts of the day.
Use natural breezes to cool your home. Open windows in the early morning and late evening to allow cooler air to circulate. Remember to close them as the day warms up to trap the cooler air inside.
Smart Use of Curtains and Blinds
Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to block out sunlight, particularly on north and west-facing windows. This simple action can significantly reduce heat accumulation.
Use ceiling fans effectively. They consume far less energy than air conditioners and can create a cooling breeze that makes the room feel several degrees cooler.
Cheap & Effective
Ready to take the next step? Here are our inexpensive but effective tips and recommendations for taking it to the next level.
Window Films and Reflective Shades
Installing reflective window films or external shades is a cost-effective way to reduce solar heat gain. These can be purchased at a reasonable price and can make a noticeable difference.
Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights. LEDs emit less heat and are more energy-efficient, helping to keep room temperatures down and reduce electricity bills.
Seal Gaps and Leaks
Use weather stripping or caulk to seal gaps around windows and doors. This prevents warm air from entering and cool air from escaping, enhancing the effectiveness of your cooling system.
Planting deciduous trees or shrubs on the sunnier side of your property can provide shade and naturally cool your home. This requires a bit of effort and a small investment in plants, and will take time to become effective, but it will provide one of the best efficiency outcomes in the long run.
Expensive but Worth It
OK, now let's bite the bullet on some big-ticket expenses. These will probably take some planning to afford, but they will pay back big time over their lifetimes.
Upgrading to double-glazed or energy-efficient windows can be costly but offers significant long-term savings. These windows reduce heat gain during summer and keep your home warmer in winter, cutting down on heating and cooling costs.
Improving your home’s insulation might come with an upfront cost, but it is an effective way to maintain a stable indoor temperature. Insulation in the walls, ceiling, and floors can drastically reduce the need for artificial cooling and heating.
Smart Cooling Systems
Investing in smart thermostats and energy-efficient air conditioning units can make a substantial difference. These systems automatically adjust temperatures based on your habits and preferences, ensuring efficient energy use.
Installing solar panels is a significant investment but can lead to immense savings in the long run. With the abundant Australian sunshine, solar panels can effectively power your cooling systems, significantly reducing your reliance on the grid.
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Whether you're looking for immediate, cost-free solutions or are prepared to invest in long-term energy efficiency, there are numerous ways to keep your home cool as the Australian summer approaches. By implementing these strategies, you can enjoy a comfortable, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient November.