You can start using less energy today. There are many simple things you can do.
On average 38 percent of our home power use is for heating and cooling. This is not surprising considering Alice Springs has extreme climate conditions, with frosts in winter and a long hot summer.
We all want our homes to be comfortable - but it is possible to maintain our comfort level without having to run air conditioners and bar heaters all year round.
Here are some heating and cooling tips to make you an energy champion.
Download the heating and cooling fact sheet for another take on this important aspect to your home's energy efficiency.
Alice Solar City is not just about solar power: it's also about using energy in smart ways.
Improving energy efficiency has many benefits, including reducing the impact on the environment, saving money on energy bills and preventing the need for more investment in expensive energy infrastructure.
You can make your home more energy efficient by:
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The appliances you buy and how you use them have a big impact on how much energy your household will use.
When it comes to appliances, it’s not hard to make significant energy savings. Understanding how we use energy and making informed choices every day can make a difference.
There are many small changes you can make to the way you use your current appliances to reduce your overall energy consumption.
When you buy new appliances it is important to be aware of recent changes in the energy rating system. New standards for energy efficiency were introduced in 2010 and all fridge/freezer models were given new star ratings to reflect these more stringent standars. However, some display models may still carry the old star rating lable.
Old labels carry a green bar at the base while new lables carry a white bar which inlcudes the enrgy rating swebsite address. To find out more abou the energy rating system or the star rating of a particular appliance, click here.
The information on the labels is also very useful for you, as you can easily compare the energy efficiency of different makes and models. When you are considering the cost of an appliance make sure you take into account the initial outlay and the running costs in the long term. While a more efficient appliance may cost you more in the first instance, it will most likely be cheaper to run, reducing the cost of your power bill.
You have already made the step to save energy around your household but what about water? Alice Springs' water supply is pumped from150m below the ground and then pumped 15km to town and your household.The energy used adds up to 0.7 tonnes of greenhouse gas per household.
Alice Springs households are the highest water users in the countryand we use 2/3 of that water on our gardens. With some simple changes to irrigation and watering schedules you could be saving up to 75,000 litres per year, not to mention savings on your next water bill. It can be hard to know what to steps to take to save water and that is where the Alice Water Smart Homes project can help.