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Here’s how to build a green home in Canberra without spending a fortune

By Amy Birchall - 29 June 2015 0

Green Homes Australia Canberra display home

If you think building an energy efficient home requires spending big on expensive green materials, building methods and technologies, you might have to think again.

Whether you’re interested in slashing your energy bills or reducing your family’s environmental footprint, you probably already know there are benefits to going green when building or renovating.

But what you may not know is that it is possible to build an energy efficient home for the same price as a standard home – while still saving up to 60 per cent on your energy bills every single year.

Green Homes Australia display home living area

Green Homes Australia Canberra owners and operators John and Elle Cobanov say the secret to building great value energy efficient homes is in working to suit the homeowner’s climate, block, lifestyle and budget, while paying particular attention to areas where homes gain and lose energy.

Green building principles, clever design and creative use of standard building materials also play a key role in making its homes more energy efficient.

While similar green building approaches have been widely used in Europe and the United States for decades, Green Homes Australia says the relatively cheap price of Australian energy (which has historically been four times cheaper than other developed nations) has meant that until recently, there has been little incentive for Australian building companies to adopt more energy efficient methods.

Fifteen years ago, it was fine to blast the heater all day and all night to keep the house warm in winter – and homes were designed with this in mind. However, as energy costs continue to rise, this is no longer a viable option for many. Instead, consumers are demanding energy efficient homes that don’t cost twice as much (or more) to build as standard homes.

Green Homes Australia St Clair home

If you’re building a new home or about to renovate an existing home in Canberra, don’t miss your opportunity to reduce your home’s energy costs by going green. Green Homes Australia is currently building in areas including Belconnen, Dickson, Gungahlin, Woden, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong, Majura and surrounding areas. 

To find out more about how Green Homes Australia can help you save money through smarter home building designs, visit www.greenhomesaustralia.com.au for an obligation-free discussion about how building green can save you thousands each year.

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