sustainable house features to save the environment and your wallet

If you're looking into your own new home planning options, sustainability could be a key aspect to take into consideration. Clean and green living has become a major buying and selling point for many interior and home designs in the last decade, as a greater awareness of our effect on the environment has become popular.

However, you don't need to radically change your established home plans in order to contribute to the environmental effort. There are a few basic things you can take to heart and implement within your designs while still reducing your carbon footprint.

For example, have you considered investing in a heat pump hot water system? The latest in environmental water heating technology, a heat pump hot water system extracts or absorbs heat from the atmosphere and via refrigeration technology, multiplies or increases this many times. It then transfers that energy in the form of heat into stored water. This provides a very similar heating efficiency to a solar hot water system but without the need for solar panels on the roof.

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This heat pump hot water system could be a fantastic sustainable option for your home. Not only could it reduce the amount of energy your home uses overall, contributing to saving you money on your monthly power bill!

Investing in wall and roof insulation is another fantastic option to save the environment and the change in your pocket. Insulation will help to regulate the temperatures in your home, trapping heat during the winter and keeping your home cool during the summer.

By reducing your reliance on electric or gas heaters in the cooler months, and air conditioners in warmer times, you can save yourself money while living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Lighting is another significant contributor to our planet's greenhouse gas level, contributing around 12 per cent of emissions from households alone. Energy efficient alternatives like compact fluorescent lamps are a greener option, producing the same amount of light as regular bulbs, but using only 20 per cent of the electricity.

Switching entirely to compact fluorescents could potentially cut your household's power usage by one third, which is a huge reduction in both greenhouse emissions and your energy expenditure.