Efficient Energy Options In Australia
If you are trying to save on energy, an efficient energy system is a great start. Whether it’s heating or lighting, households all over Australia spend a hefty sum on energy bills, which have doubled over the last decade.
Perhaps the most efficient energy option is to ensure that your home is properly insulated. This prevents the heat from escaping while allowing you to use as cheap, efficient and low-carbon source of energy as possible. Assuming that you know proper insulation is and that your home is already insulated or are going to take care of that no matter what; are there any other efficient energy options you can try?
It’s important to understand that when we talking efficient energy options; we could be talking about efficiency from the point view of environmental cost, financial cost or even the conversion of the original energy source to heat your home. On the financial end of things, we can consider yearly, installation or lifetime costs. When it comes to efficiency of energy conversion, we can consider that geothermal energy is almost free or that solar power doesn’t cost a dime.
Solar energy: This is the most efficient energy type of energy in Australia. And while its use may not be as popular as compared to other countries, it’s certainly on the rise. Not only is it cheap in terms of installation considering that specialised equipment isn’t required, it also has no operating costs once it’s been set up.
Geothermal power: It is the most efficient in terms of environmental costs, especially since the energy is extracted from the earth. Geothermal systems are fitted with an evaporator/compressor system that facilitates extraction of energy from the earth. And while it may require a little electricity, it still emits fewer greenhouse gases. Its installation can be costly, but it’s a great way to cut on heating and cooling costs.
Wood heat: This is a great option for those who have access to wood. It’s, however, important to note that this is only energy efficient if you have an energy efficient wood pellet woodstove or a fireplace insert. Burning wood in the open can make your house colder because hot air rises pulling cold air in through the windows, doors and any other openings.
Electricity: This is and will always be the most expensive energy option. However, electricity is environment efficient as it doesn’t lead to the emission of poisonous greenhouse gases.