Reduce your heating and cooling needs

Reduce your heating and cooling needs

In the Darwin region cooling accounts for 30 per cent of home energy consumption – the largest single factor in your quarterly energy bill! Taking steps to minimise your space cooling needs reduces your environmental footprint and energy bill at the same time.

The siting of your house on the lot is the first matter to consider. This decision will greatly impact how you can manage the local climate to full advantage. In Darwin siting your house to access prevailing wet season breezes from the north west will improve ventilation outcomes – generally this implies positioning windows carefully so that cross ventilation can occur through the house.

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Simple ‘passive design’ features included in your home will also help with cooling needs without using mechanical appliances that consume energy.

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If your basic home design has been determined, there are still several passive design areas to target to minimize your cooling costs using passive design measures.