Energy – Focus on Heating & Cooling

Energy - Cooling & Heating
Heating and cooling of buildings normally accounts for over half of your energy bills! Which is why most business and home owners are keen to look at ways to save energy. It not only saves money, but also makes environmental sense too.

So, whether you’re heading into winter, or the monsoon, beyond asking if you really need to use the aircon or heating, and turning the temperature up or down a few degrees, what can you do?


Wall & Roof Insulation


With most heat loss going through the roof and walls, putting in insulation can keep the heat out and also in. There are now plenty of eco alternatives available including insulation made from sheeps wool, bamboo chip panels, or recycled paper.


Cut The Draughts


Whether you’re using heating or air con, fixing air leaks around your windows and doors is one of the easiest ways to improve your buildings energy efficiency.

Just by using tape and installing draft excluders you’ll be stopping the loss of hot or cold air, keeping the temperature more constant, and reduce the energy needed to regulate air temperatures.


Close Windows & Doors


I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I always remember being told to shut the door! I now understand why.

Simply keeping doors and windows closed can prevent so much temperature fluctuation and wasted energy heating or cooling.


Switch The Sheets


If you rent out accommodation a simple way to reduce reliance on heating or cooling is to make sure you’re offering ‘the right clothes for the job’.

What I actually mean is, make sure the sheets reflect the season. If it’s cold provide extra blankets or higher tog duvets on beds. There’s nothing nicer than getting snuggly under the duvet!

And if it’s hot, use lighter, breathable sheets – organic cotton or bamboo breath really well. Avoid using duvets as this will only encourage people to crank up the aircon to iceberg temperatures!


Get Serviced


Don’t wait until you have a problem, get heating or cooling systems regularly serviced and maintained.

Doing this ensures they are working most efficiently which can save you money and means you are less likely to incur costly repairs or problems in the long run.


New Equipment


If you’re installing a new heating or cooling system choose the most energy efficient option. This is normally indicated by a star rating or letter grading.

Doing this will save you money in the long run, and also help reduce your environmental impact.

And Finally…..

If you’re designing from scratch choose an architect or designer that specialises in sustainable construction. This way they will minimise the use of heating and cooling from the beginning through smart design and save you an awful lot of money!

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