28 Apr Let There be Light: How Natural Light Affects Energy Efficiency at Home
Picture this: you spend the sizzling Australian summer months running up your electricity bill with the air-con blasting and the ceiling fan spinning so fast that it’s making you dizzy – yet you’re still somehow sticking to your leather couch every time you watch TV. Or perhaps you wake up shivering during the winter months and immediately regret not sleeping with the heating on, but simply can’t face getting out of bed and braving the cold to go to the kitchen where the thermostat is. These are both likely scenes that a lot of people are familiar with.
Both of these scenarios are due to the fact that the sun is heating up your home when you don’t want it to and not heating it up enough when you need it. Don’t worry though there are a few ways to fix that:
Insulated glass is more commonly referred to as double glazing because it’s most often used for windows. Insulated glass refers to two parallel panes of glass which have a vacuum of space between them. This seemingly insignificant little pocket of air actually provides a very effective layer of insulation for your home. Insulated glass is cleverly designed to stop your house from becoming too hot during the summer and too cold during the winter.
Strategic Window Placement
When building a house or completing a renovation, it’s important to consider your window placement. Pay attention to the orientation of the home as well as where the sun rises and sets. This will allow you to place different sizes of windows in different parts of the house in such a way that will help to create shade in summer and to maximise sunlight in winter. You can even look to the passive house movement, originally started in Germany, for inspiration.
Save $$$ and the Environment
One of the major benefits of creating a more energy-efficient home is the money that you save on electricity bills. Did you know that up to 40% of your home’s heat can be lost through your windows and a massive 87% can be gained through the windows? Something as simple as installing insulated glass can massively reduce the amount of money that you’re spending artificially heating and cooling your home. What’s more, an energy-efficient home is much more eco-friendly and sustainable, making it a win-win situation!