Renovate your interior

Last updated: 15 September 2022

Even if you are only making small changes to the interior of your house, there are simple steps you can take to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, and to reduce your energy costs.

Make your home warmer in winter

Heating accounts for around 32% of the average Victorian household's energy costs. Fortunately there are more cost-effective ways to stay warm than keeping the heater on all day, without compromising your personal comfort. Learn how to make your home warmer in winter.

Make your home cooler in summer

Staying cool in summer can be easy and inexpensive. Good insulation and draught proofing, for example, will keep heat out of your home and reduce your energy bills.

Choose energy efficient heating and cooling systems

Energy efficient heating and cooling is about more than the heater or air conditioner that you choose – it's about how you use them too.

Upgrade your hot water system

Hot water accounts for roughly 16% of the average Victorian household's energy costs. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation it is worth considering upgrading to a more efficient hot water system.

Top up your insulation

Inadequate insulation is a major cause of energy waste in the home, because you are exhausting other more expensive resources to heat or cool. Learn how to improve your home's insulation.

Change to energy efficient lighting

Over half of Victorian households are using inefficient incandescent or 12V halogen lights. Switch to energy efficient lighting to significantly reduce your energy bills.

Buy energy efficient appliances

The whitegoods in our homes account for around 17% of household energy costs. Using energy efficient appliances will save you energy and money.

Energy Smart Housing Manual

The Energy Smart Housing Manual is a comprehensive and easy to read manual that explains six key energy efficiency concepts specific to Victorian regulations and climate conditions.

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