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The Home Heating Guide


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Heating and cooling accounts for approximately 40% of all energy use in Australian homes, making it the largest consumer of energy and the largest emitter of CO2 in households.

Heating in particular accounts for the lion’s share of that energy use. That’s because large numbers of Australian households still use electric heaters, which are the most inefficient forms of heating.

Save money and CO2 Emissions on Heating Your Home

The Money Grows on Trees Home Heating Guide compares the four main methods of home heating available to Australian households – electric heaters, air conditioning, gas heating and ceiling fans (yes, ceiling fans can actually provide a small heating effect).

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 guide before installing a heating system. You should also look at adequately insulating and ventilating your home, so that you don’t need to rely on artificial heating as much. If you’re looking at a whole-of-home heating solution, also consider installing solar panels to make your heating cleaner and more cost-effective in the long-run.

If you’re in an existing home, and are reviewing your home heating setup, this guide will get you going in the right direction when it comes to deciding what you need to change.

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