Energy-efficient, sustainable homes to keep bills down this winter

South East Queensland home buyers are being urged to consider both heating and cooling when making a purchasing decision, as a cold winter drives up heating cost for homeowners.

While some buyers only think about keeping their home cool, particularly after Australia’s hottest summer on record , the costs associated with warming in winter can also be significant for households, particularly with record high energy prices in Australia .

AVID Property Group (AVID) has developed a range of thermally efficient homes, the Tempo Living range, which are designed for optimal solar orientation and built with extensive insulation for exceptional passive heating and cooling.

AVID Development Manager Queensland Peter Macleod said with energy prices rising, good thermal design was a priority for both cost-conscious home buyers and those looking to reduce their carbon footprints.

“Buyers across Queensland are becoming more energy-conscious, which is why developers and builders are innovating to meet the demand for sustainable housing,” said Mr Macleod.

“While many buyers don’t think of cold winters in Queensland, the temperatures in our Brentwood Forest community, where our Tempo Living homes are located, have been as low as 8 degrees this year already.

“That’s why these homes have been built with north facing living areas, as much as possible, and with extensive insulation.

“They have a 6-star energy rating and all of them come with energy efficient gas instantaneous hot water systems.”

A cost of living report from the RACQ found Queenslanders spend 26 per cent of their energy bills on heating and cooling each year.

“We have designed and constructed our Tempo Homes to help homeowners save on their energy bills in both winter and summer,” said Mr Macleod.

“They are also affordable homes, great for cost-conscious first home buyers, and downsizers looking for a home they can just lock up and leave when they need.

“The Tempo Living homes in stage 7 are located near the Bellbird Park State Secondary College, next to the childcare centre and are only walking distance to our wonderful community parks.”

Tempo Living homes at Brentwood Forest range from $320,500 to $359,900. Open Homes are available for viewing from 10.15am every Saturday or by appointment.

For more information click here or  visit the Brentwood Forest Sales Office at 48 Columbia Drive, Bellbird Park.