10 Essential Features for Energy Efficiency When Building a Custom Home

May 12, 2024
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Decisions are difficult under the best circumstances, and they can seem nearly impossible when building a home.

Working with energy-efficient home builders in Western Sydney will help you save money on utilities and make the house more appealing if you ever sell.

Our team is full of energy efficiency insights and suggestions, ten of which we’ve listed below.

Efficient Lighting

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LED lights offer great cost and energy savings compared to incandescent bulbs.

While CFLs and LEDs cost more initially, they use less power, create less heat, and last much longer than conventional light bulbs. CFLs have two notable drawbacks: the light may be too harsh for some, and broken bulbs must be discarded safely.

If compact fluorescent bulbs aren’t right for your new home, consider asking for LED lights. New LED bulbs are energy efficient, last longer, and don’t have the strict disposal requirements of CFLs.

Our custom house builders in Western Sydney will work with you to find the best, most efficient lighting for your new home.

Programmable Thermostats

One of the easiest ways to decrease utility spending, save energy, and make your home greener is to install a programmable thermostat. Up to half of the energy used goes toward home cooling and heating, and utilities often recommend setting thermostats between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius depending on the season.

Programmable thermostats maintain these temperatures automatically, saving energy and money.

Many custom home buyers program their thermostats around their routines, setting different schedules for weekdays and weekends. A programmable thermostat is an easy, energy-efficient, and cost-effective addition to a custom home plan.

Low-Flow Toilets, Showerheads, and Taps

Western Sydney builders can add numerous low-flow features to new homes, which help buyers conserve water and save money.

Of all plumbing fixtures, toilets use the most water—and the new standard of six liters per flush will help you save hundreds per year. By adding low-flow toilets, showerheads, and taps, you’ll get the convenience you need without all the waste.

Energy Rated Appliances

Energy rating labels are regulated by Australia’s government, symbolizing the most efficient options in the country’s appliance market.

When building new homes, we choose appliances based on their Energy Rating labels because they meet Australian standards for low operating costs and high efficiency. With these appliances, you’ll save money, energy, and water without sacrificing performance.

Efficient Windows

While replacing windows on existing homes is time-consuming, invasive, and expensive, building a custom home is the perfect opportunity to add energy-efficient windows.

We install WERS (Window Energy Rating Scheme) certified products, which retain conditioned air and help homeowners save money and energy.

Sustainable Materials and Construction

In a custom home, everything is built to suit your tastes—and if energy efficiency is important to you, it’s important to us. Beautiful countertop, flooring, and wall covering options can be selected with sustainability in mind.

Bamboo, for instance, is a renewable resource that can be turned into attractive flooring.

For counters, recycled glass surfaces offer an appealing, eco-friendly alternative to granite and marble.

When you work with custom home builders in Western Sydney, we can help you find options that are both beautiful and green.

Heating and Cooling Upgrades

Australians spend thousands of dollars yearly on home heating and cooling, and adding new HVAC systems to custom homes can help them save money and energy.

Choosing an Energy Rated heating and cooling system over a less efficient one can increase your new home’s energy efficiency by up to ten percent, and we’ll help you find the best system for your comfort needs and budget.


Custom landscaping can increase a new home’s energy efficiency by offering shade in summer and insulation during winter.

We suggest planting native trees and shrubs, as they’ll thrive in Sydney’s climate while giving wildlife a home. With our focus on natural landscaping and planting, Western Sydney builders will help you save energy, water, and money.

Tankless Water Heater

We’ve all waited for the water to heat up so we could shower—but tankless water heaters provide a nearly instant supply of hot water without wasting energy.

Eliminating the water tank frees up valuable space and power while ensuring that you always have the hot water you need when you need it. Talk to our builders about energy-efficient water heaters and other options.


When working with energy-efficient home builders in Western Sydney, consider adding better insulation.

As we’ve already discussed, cooling and heating account for a significant portion of Australians’ utility budgets. Proper insulation, however, keeps homes warm in winter and cool in summer.

There are several kinds of insulation available, and our builders will help you choose the best type for your needs.

Choose These Features for a More Energy-Efficient Home

These features, among others, increase the efficiency and long-term affordability of custom homes. If you’re thinking of adding some of these upgrades, we can help.

Custom home builders in Sydney are here to offer advice, make recommendations, and turn your dreams into reality.

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