Thinking about saving 25% on your energy costs? Think Brick.
Think Brick Research (14/12/2015)
With the colder months now firmly in sight, homeowners around Australia are beginning to gear up for larger energy bills. What's more, with energy bills predicted to rise in the next few years, staving off the winter chills is set to get a whole lot more costly.
With the colder months now firmly in sight, homeowners around Australia are beginning to gear up for larger energy bills. What's more, with energy bills predicted to rise in the next few years, staving off the winter chills is set to get a whole lot more costly. However, those lucky enough to live in a brick home will be breathing a little easier as their bills will be around 25% less than the rest of us.
Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO, Think Brick Australia, the body the represents Australia's clay brick and paver manufacturers says, "Heating and cooling make up 39% of the average home's energy use, but by cleverly combining bricks with home insulation, you can save on heating and cooling and decrease your energy bills by up to 25%.* That's around $500 a year in savings". A great result, considering the recent surge in power prices. Brick is a natural insulator. Its exceptional thermal mass allows it to absorb heat and slow down heat transfer.
In summer, bricks gradually absorb heat from the sun and keep your home cooler during the hottest part of the day. In winter, your brick home holds the heat longer, keeping you warm and toasty. Homes built from brick helps reduce internal temperature fluctuations and ensure optimum thermal comfort in your living and working areas day in, year out. And, when you think brick, your home can save you money for the rest of your life. A home life cycle analysis (LCA) shows that 89% of energy is used during a home's 50-year operational phase, rather than during the building process.
By using bricks which has a high thermal mass you can reduce operational energy over the long term. There's so many ways that thinking brick just makes better sense.