Running an energy efficient home is now more important than ever. Australians are increasingly aware that it translates to lower utility bills, and on a global scale, less carbon emissions.

Choosing energy efficient appliances and technologies go a long way towards solving big and small picture problems, so why not take advantage?

Energy savings at Satterley

Satterley offers a range of smart energy solutions and building incentives across homes in its communities across Western Australian, Queensland and Victoria.

In Queensland, eligible pensioners and seniors can take advantage of an Electricity and Gas Rebate. At Catalina in WA, buyers may be eligible for a range of rebates when they purchase a block of land including solar, fencing and landscaping. Land buyers in Cassia, near Rockingham in WA, could be eligible for a $3000 solar rebate package and at Allara, at Eglington in WA, buyers can opt for the Clever Lifestyle Bundle that comes with more than $10,000 in benefits. This includes environmentally friendly technology such as smart thermostats, energy monitors and smart metres. Just these three measures alone could save you a combined $258 in energy costs each year. The bundle also includes a minimum of a 1.5kWh solar system and water-wise front landscaping.

Lower power bills, long term savings

An energy efficient home is typically $1000 better off each year thanks to cheaper utility bills. Of course, there are many variables that will determine the savings to be gained from energy efficient appliances and technology. These include house size, the number of people living in the home and energy consumption habits.

Heating and cooling accounts for 40 per cent of energy use in the average home, followed by water heating at 23 per cent and appliances other than fridges and freezers (so driers, washers, TVs and computers) at 14 per cent. Solar panels are a major energy savings for households big and small, and the take-up rate is building. Australia is a world leader in rooftop solar with 21 per cent of the nation’s households installing rooftop panels.

Solar energy is clearly the way of the future with the International Energy Agency declaring solar energy cheaper than power generated by new coal and gas developments. Research has found the average electricity bill for households with solar panels is $317 a quarter. This compares to an average of $404 for households that do not have solar installed. Based on a quarterly difference of $87, that’s an annual saving of $348. Calculated over years, this represents a significant cost advantage ($1740 over five years).

Rebates make going green cheaper

Federal and state rebates for rooftop solar and battery storage can dramatically reduce the cost of purchasing and installing solar systems. Each state offers different programs, which can be checked on the Federal Government’s energy rebates webpage.

Under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, homeowners who install rooftop solar, solar water heaters and heat pumps may be in line for a financial incentive. With the purchase of these systems, small-scale technology certificates are provided to assess the expected power generation over a 15 year period or until 2030 when the scheme ends. Householders who purchase these systems usually give retailers the right to create their certificates in exchange for a lower purchase price.

Green energy boosting home values

Installing sustainable technologies into your home means you’re more likely to reap the benefits when you want to sell. Energy efficient homes are in demand with canny buyers searching for a home that has the convenience of smart technologies already installed.

A review comparing sales of low energy efficient homes to high energy efficient homes found a price difference of 5 to 10 per cent. Based on the median house price of $578,612 in Perth, that’s between $28,930 and $57,861. Based on the median house price of $632,999 in Brisbane, it’s a price premium of between $31,649 and $63,299. And based on the Melbourne median of $974,397, it’s an extra $48,719 to $97,439.

Better for your home, better for the planet

The added bonus of being energy wise in your home is doing your bit to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions and ultimately, fight climate change. It may seem small in the scheme of things, but the energy efficiencies you install at your home add up to big changes when done on a national level. Solar panels, automated energy management systems and even water-efficient showerheads can reduce your carbon footprint.

Measures you make at home add up to cut back the load on the national electricity market and this protects the environment. It also improves productivity across the energy industry through better management of energy demand.

Affordable ways to save

Sustainable and smart technologies are low-cost investments that pay dividends for years to come. For example, the energy monitors and smart metres installed at Allara as part of the Clever Lifestyle Bundle cost an initial $366, but the estimated annual savings from using these devices is $196. This means the outlay is paid off in less than two years.

Similarly affordable purchases can make big differences. Installing a water-efficient showerhead can cut the bills to the tune of $160 a year and upgrading your appliances from a one-star energy efficiency rating to a 10-star can also save $160 a year.

When houses are constructed, they are rated up to 10 stars according to the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). A six-star rating is the minimum standard in most states and territories. This star rating is different to energy ratings awarded to appliances, which are recognisable by the star stickers at purchase. Most products score between one and six stars, but with rapid improves in technology some have up to 10. Appliances are scored based on their energy consumption or how much electricity a model uses. This is based on standardised testing, which allows consumers to compare models.

With energy efficiency costing less and doing more for the earth’s health, going green is a no-brainer for many homeowners. They not only have the opportunity to save on their daily running costs, but to create a better future for the next generation.

Satterley is Australia’s largest private residential developer building master planned communities across Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. To discover Satterley’s energy incentives, take a look at your nearest display village https://satterley.com.au/display-villages

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