Avoiding rising electricity prices in a new house

If you are thinking about building a new home or renovating your current one, be sure to think about installations that will reduce your energy consumption.

Solar panels on the roof of your home would be a wise move - as electricity prices are increasing - and you will save money by doing this over the long run.

If you don't want panels that power your entire house, then think about having them power one aspect of your property, such as heating your water and pool.

Building a house provides you with an opportunity to start from scratch, and beginning at the bottom, why not have underground rainwater tanks installed? This will ensure that your water bill is minimised in addition to having a reserve available.

If you want to take this a step further, why not make it so that water from the sinks and showers can be reused for gardening purposes? This means that you're free to irrigate your property during times of water restrictions.

For heating and cooling, install fans around your house and a put in a fireplace in the main living area, both initiatives will ensure you are cool in summer and warm in winter, without hurting your back pocket!