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5 TIPS: Minimise Energy Costs When Building Your New Queenslander Home

In 2012, the WWF reported that Australia had the 7th largest ecological footprint in the world, just behind the USA.

A major part of these findings was our energy consumption, and while we are improving as a nation, the cost of electricity is also rapidly rising so we need get smarter.

At Shelton Homes, you can choose from a range of energy efficient house designs to save you thousands in power bills over the coming years, money you could be spending on a holiday instead!

Here are our top 5 energy tips when building a new Queenslander home:

1. The Orientation Of Your New Home

There is no better time to start planning your energy strategy, than before you start building. For staying cool in our Toowoomba and Darling Downs summers, reducing sun exposure to your main living areas is key.

While building orientation needs to take street appeal into account, it is recommended to try and get close to the ideal orientation for daytime living areas with 15ºW-20ºE of true north. If you have just bought your land, please just contact us, experience matters when orientating your new home on your land.

2. Insulating Your New Queenslander Home

Insulation reduces the summer heat entering and traps warmth during winter, making your home more comfortable all year round and saving loads on energy bills.

Without insulation, your furniture, walls and floorboards will absorb heat during the day and release it back into the room after the sun goes down. A lot of our clients are surprised when they hear their furniture can be one big heater!

With insulation in your ceiling alone, minimal infra-red radiation is absorbed or radiated into the room. Whirlybirds can also do wonders, you can see a few installed on our client’s homes here.

3. Reduce Your Water Consumption

There are many ways to reduce your water consumption beyond cutting down on your shower times, here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Choose appliances like your dishwasher with a high Water Efficiency Labelling (WELS) rating
  • Landscape with native plants, grasses and use mulch that retains water
  • Capture rainwater for clean, fresh drinking and gardening
  • Install a brilliant hot water recirculation system
  • Use sensor based watering systems

4. Install Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting accounts for up to 15% of the average household electricity bill, but you could reduce your lighting bill by 50% or more using smarter, more efficient lighting technologies.

Sunlight is the cheapest (and nicest) way of lighting your home during the day, but it needs to be correctly balanced with your heating and cooling strategy. Well placed windows or skylights are magic and worth considering when discussing the orientation of your new Queenslander home.

For the night, LED lighting is up to 7 times more efficient than traditional incandescent lights and lasts up to 10 times longer. But be aware, low quality LED lighting can flicker when dimmed and change colours, so it is best to invest properly at the start if you like the look and more modern feel of LED lighting.

5. Treating Your Windows

Controlling the airflow through your home in summer is a must, a beautiful part of the Queenslander home design. You can however, also further reduce your energy bills by treating your windows.

Here are a few ideas for window treatments that we can discuss:
  • Further extending the shading with wider awnings.
  • Installing shutters, curtains or blinds through your home.
  • Installing highly-reflective film on your windows.
  • Adding insulated panels or mesh window screens.
Most of the time, the best window treatments boil down to your desired look and feel, so just chat with us if you would like to know more.

Contact Shelton Homes For An Energy Efficient Queenslander Home

At Shelton Homes, we proudly work where we live and have a lot riding on our reputation and strong community ties. For example, our kids attend local schools and play in Toowoomba and Darling Downs sports teams. We are locals too.

If you would like to discuss your energy ideas for your new Queenslander home, please feel free to get in touch with the team at Shelton Homes today on 0417 961 667 or email us here.

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