It’s hard to imagine life in Cyprus without AC. Sweltering summer days at the beach are made far more bearable with the brief respite of a crisp, air-conditioned welcome in every periptero and restaurant. And how grateful are we for our faithful home air-con units, working through the hot summer nights and allowing us to sleep peacefully in a cool room?
But using these machines through the long warm season takes a toll on our energy use, our power bills, and our environment. How can we continue to keep ourselves comfortable in this climate in an environmentally conscious way?
Replace Doors and Windows
The frames are in integral part of building design, and the quality and material used greatly influence the overall aesthetic of a property. As well as their architectural role, doors and windows are a vital consideration in terms of energy efficiency.
For the best effect, homeowners should install double or triple glazing, which means windows that have two or three layers of glass. This will help with temperature control in your home as well as insulating from external noise and reducing condensation - which, left unchecked, can cause mould and be a serious health hazard.
Ensuring your frames are properly sealed will exclude any unwanted draughts, so your AC won’t have to work so hard for you to enjoy a comfortable indoor environment.
The security implications of new doors and windows on a home is also notable.
Add Thermal Insulation
A common reason for excessive use of AC and astronomic energy bills is lack of good thermal insulation in a building. Typically, materials used to insulate Cypriot homes include fibreglass, rockwool, and polystyrene, which are used in the walls and ceilings. Up to 25% of a property’s heat is lost through its roof, so it’s important to insulate this area with suitably R-factor-rated tiles or panels.
Unfortunately, many new-builds in Cyprus were constructed with cost as the primary concern and profits as the driving motivation, resulting in suffering levels of material quality. So, this is an area of huge opportunity for potential improvement for many property owners on the island.
It has been widely concluded that installing a solar energy system on a property increases the value significantly: some studies even suggest price increases of up to 16%.
Solar panels aren’t just for future financial gain, either – the savings in energy bills are immediately appreciable, and with a typical pay-back period of just a few years, they are an obviously-worthwhile investment.
Then why, in Cyprus, where we have year-round sunshine, do some properties go without?
Under the new Scheme for Promoting Saving and Upgrading Residences, co-financed by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund, grants are on offer for up to €32,000 which cover up to 60-80% of works.
To apply for the scheme you can visit the Industry and Technology Service website, and to speak to an expert about installing a solar energy system in your home kindly call us on 22009294 or submit an enquiry using our online contact form.
Installing a programmable thermostat which is adjusted according to your family’s unique routine and requirements can save a lot of money as well as increase general the convenience of looking after your property. Smart home integrations have come a long way in recent years and there are many affordable options to give you more control over your home’s climate, electrical devices, and security.
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Not only will replacing old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models be more economical in terms of power consumption, but it will also help to keep your family safe from dangerous electric shocks and reduce risk of damage caused by power surges in your electricity system.
Think about these 5 steps for homeowners to take to reduce energy consumption and whether you have applied or can apply them in your home. Playing an active part in reducing our carbon footprints is a responsibility we all shoulder, and with increasingly available solutions on the market, we can all now make more environmentally friendly decisions and promote real change.