Summer is right at our doorstep and with the holidays approaching, some of us might like to turn our attention to simple home renovations in preparation. Just like you might get your “summer bod” looking fresh for January, there are a number of ways you can turn your home into a haven of energy efficiency and seasonal comfort.
The 2018 Australian Houzz and Home Renovations Trends report shows that 57 percent of us planned or still plan to make significant changes to our properties this year. The previous year’s study also provided insight on motivations – with over 40 percent of respondents saying limiting energy consumption was their top priority.
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One of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient is to reduce the impact of some of your most consumptive devices. Cooling your home is an absolute must during our usual sweltering summers, so it’s important you find the most efficient way to do so.
An air conditioning (AC) unit is one of the most effective renovations to keep the home cool. It’s a relatively simple installation that brings huge benefits to the comfort of your home through summer, but they aren’t always energy efficient. When finding a new unit or updating your existing one, look for products with the highest number of stars on the Energy Rating Label that you can comfortably afford. Remember that energy efficiency not only save the planet, it protects you from shocking power bills at the end of the month.
If you’re investing in a more significant renovation project for the summer, you might have the scope to integrate passive design into your home. This is a concept that aims to save on power consumption by embracing natural cooling and insulation benefits of construction and furnishing materials.
The use of shutters, shades or tall, wide-spreading trees over your north-facing windows can protect your home from up to 90 per cent of the summer heat, according to government site Your Home. Think about how you can also turn this into an opportunity for luxury! If you have a verandah, you can install shades that allow you to comfortably lounge, entertain guests outdoors and embrace the season without risking sunburn.
Shading your outdoor spaces can create a fantastic place to unwind while providing passive design benefits to your home.
Renovations aren’t always cheap. The median annual renovation spend in Australia is $25,000, according to the Houzz and Home report – no small sum!
So how are we funding our renovations? Interestingly, the report reveals that 82 percent of Australians are using their savings to makeover their homes. Other methods include:
While many of us prefer the security of using our own cash, clever Australians aren’t afraid of finding new ways to fund their projects. Utilising credit lines strategically is a great way to improve your buying power for your renovation, but it’s important to remember the effect mismanaged debt can have on your credit score.
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