If you’ve been looking for simple, effective tips to keep the heat out of your house this summer, welcome to the only guide you need.
In this article, you’ll find 5 tips fit for all budgets – from those who are ready to install the solar system of a lifetime to those who have literally no cash to spare.
No matter which angle you’re coming from, we’re here to help.
It’s no secret that summer in Victoria means sweltering heatwaves and soaring energy bills as homeowners just like you rely solely on air conditioners to stay cool. However, we’re here to share with you that there are vastly more sustainable and cost-effective ways to beat the heat while also reducing your energy consumption.
Ready to stay cool and spend less cash? Let’s get going.
1. Consider solar panels
While we’re starting at the top of the budget range, there’s also no way we couldn’t start here. Why? Because install solar panels, and you’re installing the foundation of a multitude of energy-efficient systems in your home, most of which you can add as soon as you’re able over the coming years.
Installing solar panels is a long-term investment that not only reduces your household’s carbon footprint but also significantly cuts down your monthly bills in the long term. It’s estimated that in Victoria, homeowners can save an average of $900 to $1,500 per year on electricity costs by generating their own solar power – and that’s just in the first couple of years!
Two reputable solar panel brands, SunPower and REC, are known for their high efficiency and durability. SunPower offers a 40-year warranty on their Maxeon panels, making them an industry-best choice in terms of reliability, quality and longevity.
2. Add on a solar battery – with rebate!
Recently announced as part of the state budget, the Victorian government is now offering interest-free solar battery loans to eligible households. At the time of publishing this article, there are 3,489 loans remaining (a limited number only available), with up to $8,800 in interest-free financial support per loan.
A solar battery allows you to get the most from your solar system. Not only will it save you from power outages when the summer grid is overrun by people’s air conditioners, but it also allows you to take advantage of Virtual Power Plant (VPP) membership. VPPs allow you to store and export the excess power you generate – and actually turn your energy into an income stream! You can learn more here.
3. Install a heat pump
With their ability to facilitate a number of energy-efficient systems around your homes, heat pumps are considered to be one of the most energy-efficient alternatives available for cooling your home.
According to data recently published by the federal government, heat pumps can even reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 65%. You might even consider combining a heat pump with good insulation and shading strategies to create a highly energy-efficient cooling solution for your home.
4. Consider a high-efficiency air conditioner from Panasonic
Got an old, dusty, dirty and energy-zapping air conditioner?
Oh, don’t worry – you wouldn’t be alone!
Upgrading to a high-efficiency air conditioner, such as those currently from industry leader Panasonic, can make a significant difference to your energy savings across the season. Newer models often come with improved technology, higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, and energy-saving features.
Panasonic is a trusted brand widely regarded for their beautifully designed and energy-efficient air conditioning units. One such unit is the incredible Panasonic nanoe™X that combines world-leading air purification technology with top energy-efficiency smarts.
Did you know that by choosing a smart, high-efficiency model of air conditioner, you can save up to 50% on your cooling costs?
5. Consider passive cooling for your home
Heard of “passive cooling” but aren’t sure how to get started?
Passive cooling involves designing or updating your home to naturally regulate temperature without relying on expensive, active cooling systems. Some key principles of passive cooling include:
- Shading windows
- Increasing insulation
- Using thermal mass strategically in your home
There are a huge range of benefits of ensuring passive cooling techniques are used effectively in your home, including significantly increasing your comfort while lowering energy bills overall. If properly implemented, passive cooling can even reduce the need for air conditioning and can improve the quality of your air.
Staying cool during the scorching Australian summer doesn’t have to break the bank. By implementing any of these five cost-effective strategies, you can beat the heat while also reducing the impact on both your wallet and the environment.
Ready to learn more about the various cost-effective options you have for keeping cool as the weather warms up?
We’re looking forward to chatting with you.