When searching for a home, wouldn’t it be great if you could make some up-front decisions that would lead to ongoing savings once you move in?
The following is a list of features that will help do exactly that – save on your household bills, and help you be kind to the environment in the process.
Insulation is a useful thing. It keeps temperatures regulated, and is implemented throughout apartments in many ways – one of which can be double glazed windows. These have two panes of glass with an insulated gap of air sandwiched between them, minimising the transference of heat or cold.
Look for apartments that feature this and it will help reduce energy for cooling in summer and heating in winter. Bonus – also helps block out street noise.
Widely used to create a unique visual appearance to low-rise projects, they also serve a highly functional purpose of blocking out direct sunlight to keep your apartment cooler in summer. Projects like The Royal in Melbourne and North in Sydney are good examples.
Rainwater toilet systems
Rather than flushing perfectly good drinking water down the drain, apartments with rainwater toilet systems collect rainwater for this purpose, from a rooftop tank. This reduces the amount of clean water used to flush your toilet…
Where possible, architects can design apartments with multiple windows that create cross-ventilation through the living spaces, meaning they can be cooled naturally during summer without costing you a cent.
Green Star-rated construction
Above all else, check the proposed Green Star rating for the project. Any developer keen to create an energy-efficient project will be keen to talk about it in their marketing material.
There are construction methods that help apartment buildings operate with a minimum amount of energy usage, and help residents reduce their energy bills. A rating of 4 Stars or above is a must.
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