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How building a sustainable home can save you more

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Wondering how building a sustainable home can save you more? Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or move somewhere bigger, finding somewhere that matches your needs and your budget can be a challenge. Building your own home is a big project, but by making sustainability part of your home design, you can save money on the price tag and on your energy bills in the future.


Building a home from scratch isn’t for everyone. You have to be patient while you wait for your building project to turn into a home you can actually move into. But it can be a far more satisfying way to become a homeowner – and better for your hip pocket, both in the short and long term. And what better way to save money than to cut down on energy bills and look after the environment in the process. Here’s how building a sustainable home can save you more.

What makes a home design suitable?

A sustainable home design can make use of all sorts of features, materials and design elements to make less of an impact on our environment and natural resources. Choosing durable materials that will minimise waste and require limited maintenance is a win for sustainability, cost and your time.

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Make sure your home is well positioned to soak up the sun or make use of shade

Your home design can also make a big difference to energy-efficiency, starting with how it’s positioned on the block. You’ll want to make sure your new home can soak up the sunshine in winter and take advantage of natural shade and breezes in the summer. Choosing where to place windows, as well as ventilation and shade features – like louvres, blinds and awnings – can all help you keep your house warm in winter and cool in summer without having the aircon and heating running constantly.

Relying more on nature and smart design and less on electricity-hungry appliances to heat and cool your home is called passive design. Proper insulation for your walls and roof, doors and windows can also help with passive design as it helps to keep warm air in the house when it’s cold outside and stop the house from heating up when the sun is blazing.

Energy and water-saving features

Passive design isn’t the only way to harness the elements and reduce your energy and water consumption. Including solar panels and water tanks in your home has become a very popular and cost-effective way to spend a little now for savings that last for years.

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Installing solar panels can save you money down the track

Installing solar panels with battery storage, for example, can actually make you money when your system produces more electricity than you use. You may be able to sell the extra power back to your energy provider and earn money back from your investment in solar.

You can also save on water as well as electricity, with water tanks to help you keep the garden looking green and lush. And when you’re looking at what sort of plumbing to install, be sure to check taps, showerheads and toilets for their Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating to use less water around the house from day to day.

Designing your home to last longer and reduce how much water and energy you’ll consume can save you money on bills as well as bringing you more peace of mind about your impact on the environment. You can find out more about sustainable home design here.

More ways to save

If you’re a first home buyer, choosing to build instead of buy could help you qualify for a grant or concessions on your purchase costs. Different states and territories each have their own schemes to help first home buyers, so you’ll need to find out what’s available in your location.


At Beyond Bank they offer home loans designed to make it easier to build your own home. Speaking to one of their home loan specialists can be a great way to start exploring what’s involved in organising a loan for building a home and decide if it’s right for you. Visit.


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