Heating and cooling for homes account for approximately 40% of all energy use in Australian homes, making them the largest consumers of energy in the home, and the largest emitter of CO2 from households.
Home cooling has actually been a major contributor to rising electricity prices in recent years. On hot summer days, spikes in electricity demand occur as homes and businesses across Australia turn on their air conditioners. These spikes may only occur a few days in the year, however our electricity networks have spent billions of dollars on upgrades to cater for such days. Ultimately those costs end up being passed on to consumers.
Using more energy-efficient ways to cool our homes can help us avoid future demand spikes and the additional costs required to cater for these spikes.
Save money and CO2 Emissions on Cooling Your Home
What’s good for the country is good for you too. Maximising the efficiency of cooling in your home not only saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint, it also removes one source of pressure on electricity prices.
The Money Grows on Trees Home Cooling Guide looks at the main methods of home cooling available to homes in Australia – fans, air conditioning and evaporative cooling. Our Guide shows you how much each technology costs to buy and run, and what the environmental impacts of each technology are. It also covers some of the practical things you need to consider when deciding whether to install a system, such as whether it suits your climate, and how many rooms you need to cover.
If you’re building or renovating a new home, make sure you read this before installing a cooling system. You should also look at adequately insulating and ventilating your home, so that you don’t need to rely on artificial cooling as much. Also think about installing solar panels to supply power to your cooling system during the day.
If you’re in an existing home, and are reviewing your home cooling setup, this guide will get you going in the right direction when it comes to deciding what you need to change.