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Saving energy with your Perth patio.


Most people think of the inside of their home when talking about energy efficiency. This includes switching to energy-efficient appliances and using LED light bulbs.  

However, a truly energy-efficient home is also energy-efficient outside. You might not be aware of the energy-guzzling things in your backyard and under your Perth pergola, such as your garden lights or your pool. It’s important to learn how your outdoor living spaces use energy to reduce your monthly bills and increase your savings. 

There are many options to make your Perth patio more efficient. These are just a few ways to get started. 


Install Insulated Patio Roofing


An insulated patio in Perth will keep it from becoming too hot, especially in summer. Insulated roofs allow heat to bounce off their surface rather than absorb it. This keeps your Perth patio cool and comfortable. Insulating your pergola in Perth will reduce the need to use fans outside and lower your energy costs. 

The upfront cost to install insulated patio roofing in Perth on your decking is worthwhile then the cost. Your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to create your prepared temperature. This will increase your energy savings. 

For more information on insulated patio roofing, please contact us. One Stop Patio Shop specialises in patio construction and renovation. We offer many roofing options to meet your needs, including SolarSpan Insulated roof. 


Solar Power


Speaking of solar power, if you’re serious about making sustainable changes, consider installing solar panels to generate your outdoor energy requirements. 

You can run your pool, lighting, fan, and BBQ from a few panels on the roof. easily. 


Choose Energy-Efficient Lighting Options


You can switch your outdoor lights to energy-efficient bulbs just like you would your indoor lights. You have the option of choosing either solar-powered or LED bulbs. 

Even though LED garden lights are more costly, they are cheaper in the long term. LED bulbs consume 75 percent less energy than traditional halogen lights and last 10 times as long. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources estimates that replacing 10 halogen bulbs with LEDs can help you save $650 over a 10-year period. 

On the other hand, solar lights don’t require any electricity to operate, which offsets the price of each bulb. Solar-powered lights are not as bright and popular as older models. Today’s models are more efficient and have greater solar storage, which means they can light up your garden well. 


Set Timers


Heavy-duty outdoor timers can help you reduce your energy consumption. To save energy, set patio lights to go on right before sunset and turn off just before sunrise. 

Do you have a fountain or pool? To keep your pool clean and chemically balanced, program your pump to turn off during the day to save water and energy. Also, use a sprinkler system to save water when watering your garden and lawn. 


Use Candles


Soy candles burn cleaner than paraffin wax candles and are better for the environment as well as the health of your guests. 

You can avoid using electricity by using all-natural, non-toxic candles to create mood lighting. 


Plant Trees


A thick canopy of trees planted on the east side of your home will help diffuse direct sunlight. This will reduce the heat absorbed by the house. So, light can pass through the leaves, and you will still enjoy natural light. 

Trees can be especially helpful if you live somewhere that gets a lot of sun and little rain. 


Pick an Energy Efficient Pool Pump


Swimming pools are found in over a million homes across the country. These pools all have pool pumps, which are one of the largest household electricity users, accounting for about 18% of electricity bills. Pool pumps consume more electricity than your washer, dryer, and dishwasher combined. Therefore, it could be a smart decision to switch to an energy-saving option. 

Pool pumps that can run at more than one speed are the most efficient. You can use your pool pump to filter the water slowly, while consuming less energy, or speed it up when necessary. 


Outdoor Kitchens


These are six ways to lower the amount of energy in your outdoor cooking area. 

  1. Choose energy-efficient appliances. 
  2. You might consider installing enough solar panels to power your outdoor kitchen. 
  3. You should only use your outdoor fridge for entertaining. Unplug it when you are not using it. 
  4. Keep your fridge full when not in use to make it more efficient. 
  5. Let leftovers cool to room temperature before storing them in the fridge. 
  6. Unplug blenders, ice makers, and all other appliances when not in use. 




Barbecues (BBQs), while an integral part of our Aussie lifestyle, can contribute to climate change and air pollution. 

You need to make sure you buy the right size and type for your cooking needs. You should consider which accessories, such as range hoods and rotisseries, you will use. 

Gas is cleaner and emits less pollution than charcoal. The emission of greenhouse gases from gas barbecues is nearly three times lower than that of charcoal. There are many new solar products you can try if you want to reduce your energy consumption. 

Grilling is done by keeping the hood down. You can preserve juices and flavour by cooking meats and vegetables at the right temperature at the right time. 


Energy-Efficient Patios in Perth


In addition to the above ideas, you can use an artificial lawn, cultivate drought-resistant plants, and only use manual outdoor power tools. Basically, try to pinpoint the feature in your backyard that uses the most electricity and swap it for an eco-friendlier alternative.  

You can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by creating an outdoor area that is energy efficient. You will also save money on your water and electricity bills. Your outdoor space is just as important as your indoor one. Your outdoor space will be more comfortable and sustainable if it is eco-friendly. 

Contact us today to find out more about renovating or improving your patio. One Stop Patio Shop is a trusted contractor for Perth patios and outdoor pergolas. We are here to help you maximise your outdoor living area.

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