Now, after we have retrofitted the insulation and sealed all the gaps, it’s time to look into other options on how to improve the energy efficiency. But also we want to optimise the floor plan.
We think there is potential to utilise the floor area more efficient. We decided to reorganise the kitchen/living/dining area and also that a European laundry would be enough for us. That means we will be able to transform the 2 bedroom unit into a 3 bedroom unit. But that’s not all, we will even manage to fit in an extra ensuite for the new master bedroom.
But what are we planning to do to that will improve the energy efficiency?
One of the first things you should do is to put in an air-lock. With the extra door, you can close off the entry area. This is especially important in Winter, then
the moment you open the front door the warm air gets sucked out and you have to start afresh. In summer it can be open all the time, but there should be a way in winter to close it off.
Many might think, there is no point replacing one or 2 windows, it won’t make a difference. But you would be surprised what you can achieve. Especially big windows lead to unwanted heat gains or losses. Even just replacing some windows can make a massive difference.
We want to put in a new french door towards the new deck, also we will put in a new door and new windows in the new master bedroom. So altogether we will put in 2 new windows and 2 new doors. Keep in mind, the lower the U-value the better performing the window. In our case, we will try to get the best windows/doors we can get; double glazed, uPVC or timber windows, with a U-value of 1.99 or lower.
Just putting in the air-lock and a few new windows/doors increase our energy rating to 5.6 Stars. This means the renovated house will need 81% less energy, meaning instead of $4,300, we will just pay $829 per year.
Imagine how much energy you could save!!!