Introduction

​​​Energy is a key component of any home and an essential part of our everyday lives. 

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At the same time, our energy use has wide-ranging impacts, putting pressure on both our energy bills and the environment. By making our energy use more sustainable we can reduce those impacts and even achieve energy independence by generating our own energy.

More and more people are making energy efficiency a key requirement of their homes, and there are many design methods, products and systems that can help. However, achieving sustainability outcomes requires a goal-driven process that considers integrated and connected approaches. The way your home will use energy needs to be considered holistically and energy objectives need to be carefully considered and set before implementing energy-efficiency or self-generation measures. Technology is important, but it needs to be seen as part of a comprehensive energy strategy that includes design and system-wide thinking.​