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The Centralian advocate Fri 11 May 2018



The Centralian advocate Fri 11 May 2018


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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FRIDAY MAY 11 2018 REAL ESTATE 27 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Solar panels are a popular choice as energy bills rise. Place them on the north side of your house and keep them clean for maximum efficiency. The single-fronted terrace Ri and Scott renovated (left, and below) is not very wide but still enjoys excellent solar access thanks to large sliding doors off the kitchen which lead on to a north-facing deck. A concrete slab with hydronic heating underneath ensures that it is a comfortable space to be in all year round. A lot of green energy measures are still quite cost prohibitive ... as more people have it installed, the prices will come down Comfort zone Some sustainable design features are more visible than others, but just as effective. Here are some ideas to discuss with your builder: Orientation: This is how you place your home on your site to draw in natural light, as well as access to breezes to keep your house cooler in summer. Northfacing living spaces are ideal but there are other ways to draw light in, from inserting central courtyards to using skylights. Shading: Controlling the amount of sun that penetrates your house will prevent it from getting too hot over summer, reducing the need for airconditioning. Effective positioning of shading devices such as eaves, awnings, shutters, pergolas and even planting, can reduce heat penetration in summer by up to 90 per cent. Passive heating: Positioning your house well on the block will invite the sun in during winter and protect your home in summer. Thermal mass allows heat to be stored in materials such as double brick houses and concrete slabs during the day and be released at night as outdoor temperatures drop. Insulation: The most cost effective time to install insulation is during construction. It acts as a barrier to heat flow, keeping your house cool in summer and warm in winter. More yourhome.gov.au