Even though it is one of the biggest ongoing costs homeowners have to deal with, electricity usage isn’t really something that most home buyers think about while researching properties.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a master electrician to tell the difference between an efficient home and an electricity guzzler.

All you need to do is ask a few simple questions:

1. Is it insulated?

An insulated home will keep cooler or warmer for longer than an uninsulated property, which means you won’t have to use your heater or air conditioner as much or as often. Ask the agent whether a property you’re looking at is insulated, and if it is, be sure to check whether the insulation contains asbestos as this may affect future renovation costs.

2. How energy efficient are the fixtures?

Out-of-date hot water systems and air conditioners are notorious for chewing through electricity, so much so that you’re probably better off replacing anything over 15 years old. Check the energy rating and service record of all appliances.

3. Does the house have solar panels?

Solar technology has come a long way in the last decade, and a modern system that can accommodate for some or all of your home’s electricity usage is a considerable asset! Ask how much electricity a system produces and whether excess is stored or fed back into the grid.

4. Is the house oriented well?

If you spend a lot of time at home during the day, you’ll want living rooms and studies to be north facing, as this will ensure these rooms get the most sun and light throughout the day. Bedrooms, on the other hand, should be south facing to reduce the need for air conditioning during the night.

Energy bills are just one of the many things you need to look out for when buying a home. With the help of an experienced conveyancer, you can rest assured knowing you’re buying a home with no hidden surprises. Just call Conveyancing Home Queensland on (07) 3236 2852, fill out our short online enquiry form, or head to our website for an obligation-free instant conveyancing quote.