When our customers ask for advice, we draw on knowledge acquired from government publications, academic sources, industry bodies and professional experience. To make that information available to our customers 24/7, we are creating a dedicated section of our blog page to renewable energy and energy saving.
The most straightforward ways to make energy savings, do not cost money. We advise customers to: turn lights off when not in rooms, to switch off devices, close doors to keep room temperature consistent, only heat and cool spaces that are in use, close the fridge, air dry clothing outside and opt for warmer clothing and blankets in winter, in summer shade sun-exposed windows from outside.
We also advise customers that can afford it to double glaze or low-e-glaze windows, furnish windows, block draughts in doors and windows, insulate ceilings, floors, and walls and install efficient heating and cooling systems appropriate to the home which may include efficient zoned central heating and cooling. By incorporating this it is possible to create 6,7 & 8 star efficiency in homes.
For the tech-savvy, we recommend investing in home automation, in-home displays, and smart appliances. In-home displays provide a visual cue to the homeowner. They can see when energy consumption is increasing and adjust usage accordingly.
In 2013 we combined home and worked locations, and to manage our energy consumption we installed a 30kw solar array on our roof. The reduction in out of pocket expenses reduced to zero. And, the surplus began to offset the cost of running work vehicles. Renewable energies have made a positive impact on our business and family processes. Our children saw first-hand the installation of this equipment and are regularly involved in discussions about lowering carbon emissions at school and now at home too.
At our previous house, we insulated the floors, walls, and ceiling, installed an energy efficient hot water service and a 20kw solar array. The result was a quieter house that maintained a consistent temperature and required minimal energy to heat and cool.
We are inspired to publish these posts so that our customers can share our knowledge and access relevant information that will allow them to make informed energy decisions.
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