As Adelaide experiences yet another hot summer, experts have been turning their attention to ways to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Soaring temperatures are putting pressure on electricity grids, while rising energy costs are seeing many homeowners dig deep in their pockets to foot the bill for keeping their properties cool.
According to leading architects from the Australian Institute of Architecture’s housing inspection and design service, Archicentre, one way to combat these challenges is by investing in sustainable design.
Archicentre General Manager Cameron Frazer underscored the benefits of sustainable features such as solar panels and rainwater tanks in a recent public statement.
“Investors and homeowners recognise that being able to design a sustainable home will save them thousands of dollars in the future and also add extra value to the home when it is sold with the value going up as energy and water prices continue to rise,” Mr Frazer said.
In light of this observation, owners of property in Adelaide may wish to look at ways they can increase the energy efficiency rating of their investment. Simple steps such as installing solar panels can go a long way to increasing the overall value of a home.