Energy Efficiency

Being energy efficient doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort or lifestyle. It means choosing the right appliances and using them in the most efficient manner.

The amount of energy used in a home is dependent on 3 main factors:

  • the type of building – i.e. the way its designed and constructed;
  • the type of appliances you have – i.e. how energy efficient they are, their age and condition; and
  • the manner in which the appliances are used – i.e. how efficient you are!

The following graph shows the breakdown of electricity consumption in the average Alice Springs house (assumes electric hot water). As you can see, space heating and cooling, along with electric water heating, are typically the largest consumers of electricity.

Source: ASC-DCCEE Key Results Reporting- Residential Overview 2012

When aiming to increase the energy efficiency of your household, there are 6 key areas to consider.

Read below for information on these areas.  You can also click here to access links to other information about energy efficiency.

  • Water heating    

There are a number of different water heating systems available to purchase and, as with  other appliances, the electricity consumption of these systems varies according to type.  A typical Alice Springs household with an electric hot water system will use almost a third of its total electrcity consumption  for water heating alone.  This can cost anywhere up to $700 a year.  Read more about about energy efficient water heating and the financial incentives offered to assist with the cost of installation.

  • Space cooling, heating and insulation  

The Alice Springs climate can be extreme, ranging from sub-zero temperatures on cold winter nights, to over 40 degrees on hot summer days. Maintaining a comfortable home needn’t be energy intensive (or expensive), even with some use of heating and cooling devices. Read more about heating, cooling and insulation to learn about improving the building envelope of your house.

  • Pools

Maintaining your own pool can significantly increase your household electricity and water consumption. However, efficient management of your pool can have a big bearing on your total annual costs. Ideas on reducing the costs associated with pool ownership can be found on our page about pools, along with an overview of the financial incentives that may be available. We have also created a pool pump calculator, to help you with understanding how much your pool pump is currently costing you to run.

  • Refrigerators and freezers   

Refrigeration is a necessary part of household electricity consumption, but it comes at a price. The size, age, number and location of refrigeration appliances in your home will have a measureable effect on your overall electricity usage. See our refrigeration page for ideas about how to keep your refrigeration costs down, without sacrificing the comfort of knowing there’s a cold one waiting for you when you get home from work.

  • Other Appliances

Whatever your pleasure, there’s almost certainly an appliance you can plug in to make it easier, more enjoyable or less time consuming. But are you using the most efficient appliance for the task? Check out our appliance page for information about star ratings and appliance efficiency, and some handy tips for more efficient usage.

  • Lighting 

Lighting is one of the first things that people think about when looking to make their more energy efficient – it’s something highly noticeable around the home, can often be undertaken at low cost, doesn’t require you to change your behaviour and once it’s done you can move your attention to other matters. While lighting is one of the lesser contributors to the total electricity consumption of households, using low energy options can still save you $100 a year over conventional incandescent lighting. Incentives are offered for replacing high energy lighting – see our lighting page for more details.