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Designing an Energy Efficient Home

12 May 2022

Designing an Energy Efficient Home

Looking to reduce your energy and water consumption? There are evolving technologies in Electrical and Plumbing that can help to make your home more efficient. Keep track of your usage with these 5 tips from our O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing experts.

Service Heating & Air Conditioning

Heating and cooling accounts for around 40% of household energy use in most Australian homes. Older air conditioners need to be maintained in order to run efficiently. Older Air conditioning systems use about two and a half times more energy to run. You can achieve an ideal temperature during any season and help avoid a higher bill or energy use by calling your local O’Brien Electrical expert to inspect your heating and air conditioning.

Upgrade Interior/Exterior Lighting

You can help reduce your energy consumption by upgrading your Lighting. Dimmable LED or CFL (Compact Fluorescent) light bulbs are energy efficient, easy to install and last longer than the conventional light bulb. CFL bulbs use 75% less power than conventional incandescent bulbs.

O’Brien Electrical and Plumbing experts can install new lighting fittings and retrofit your home. Find your nearest expert here.

Solar Power

Installing solar on your roof can help offset your power usage so the energy you are producing from solar is used in your house without the need to buy power from the grid. Any excess power you do not use, can often be exported to the grid and you will receive a credit on your energy bill.

Lower Electronic Power Consumption

Many devices, such as televisions, microwaves, sound systems and gaming consoles use power even when not in use. Using Smart Plugs and installing smart home devices that use electricity only when you need to may help you save energy. Having power outlets that are linked to multiple appliances makes it easier to turn them all off at once. Talk to your local O’Brien Expert and they can guide you through options to consider.

Update your water fixtures

Updating and maintaining your home’s water fixtures can help you to become more efficient with your water consumption. Low flow fixtures are designed to maintain pressure while reducing the amount of water that actually flows through them. Low flush and dual flush toilets are also a great option for reducing water use.

If you would like to talk to a licensed plumber or electrician about your home efficiency, contact your local experts at O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing.

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