Just about everyone is looking for ways to save on living costs nowadays.
Living in Australia and with average temperatures rising every year, you need to budget for soaring electricity bills. The cost of keeping the lights on, fans spinning and air conditioners pumping just keeps climbing.
In addition, with a possible recession on the way in the wake of COVID-19, now is the time to start planning to live leaner, more minimalist lives.
Design Better To Live Sustainable
When you’re thinking of designing your own home, it’s important to realise just how many ways there are to save money on bills if you build with sustainability in mind.
Here are a few great tips that most people don’t think about:
- Purposely design and position your home on site so it’s orientated towards the north. This actually maximises the efficiency of the sun’s light, meaning less time with the lights on.
- Add on a generous veranda, which will shade your home in summer, while still allowing sunlight to filter through during winter.
- Keep the cost of air conditioning down by strategically positioning your windows and sliding doors to allow for a natural cross breeze. Let nature cool you down!
- Allow for higher than average ceilings. This will allow hot air to rise, where it can escape through your inbuilt ceiling vents.
- Make sure you kit out your homes with energy efficient appliances. And don’t forget water efficient shower heads and taps.
- Think bigger by going smaller! Plenty of people nowadays don’t need expansive homes. Opt for a minimalist small home, one that’s going to mean more money spent on a beautiful design.
You’ll end up savings thousands of dollars in the long term by keeping these simple tips in mind. We design all of our Funky Little Shacks with these principles. Check out just some of our gorgeous finished products here.
Help The Planet
Also, if you’re worried about your carbon footprint, think about constructing your home from timber framing and flooring on stumps instead of a concrete slab.
This method is much more sustainable for the environment, and something we use as much as possible. Timber is a renewable resource, and using it also minimises our adverse effect on the land.
If you’re thinking about designing your own home, or maybe a secondary dwelling on your existing property, give us a ring on (07) 5679 6171 or email email@example.com. We’ll help you save on living costs while still living in luxury.
Or head here to see your options. We’d love to have a chat and help you out!