Save money and the environment without sacrificing your lifestyle.

We all want to do our bit to help the environment – and often it will save us money too.

Changing behaviour is never easy, but if you can make some small adjustments they will become part of your routine – and you’ll be reducing the pressure on our environment without sacrificing your lifestyle.

Green Guide

Cutting down on water use is a great way to save money, so if you’re saving for a holiday, a rainy day or the environment, using less will save you more and preserve our precious water. Use these tips to help save on your next water bill.

70% of average household water use is in the garden or lost via leaks.

  1. Adjust irrigation for the seasons
    • Let the rain irrigate your garden when possible.
    • Gardens need less water in the cooler months in the southern parts of the Territory.
  2. Install a smart irrigation controller
    • A clever tool which automatically waters your garden based on the weather.
  3. Water for longer, but less often
    • This encourages deeper roots making plants more water efficient.
  4. Use efficient irrigation equipment
    • Drippers are more efficient than sprayers and sprinklers.
    • Pressure regulators prevent leaks and overwatering.
  5. Reduce evaporation
    • Use mulch.
    • Water between 8pm and 8am.
  6. Find leaks

    Step 1: Make sure that there is no water being used.
    Step 2: Read the last two digits of your water meter.
    Step 3: Wait five minutes, take another reading.
    Step 4: If the second reading is higher than the first, you may have a leak.

  7. Walk the line
    • Check your irrigation lines and system for leaks regularly.
  8. Choose water efficient plants
    • Group plants together based on efficiency.
    • Water the groups separately.
  9. Reduce your lawn area
    • Lawn is thirsty stuff! Less lawn means more savings.
  10. Short showers
    • Keep your shower times to four minutes or less.
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Practical ways to help reduce your electricity bill

Air conditioners are big power users. Looking at air conditioner use and efficiency is a key to reducing power use in the Territory.

Try running your air conditioner between 24 and 27 degrees and use your fan as well. It takes the humidity and edge out of the heat and the fan then circulates the cooler air. Try it and you'll reduce your power bill and still have a very comfortable living environment.

Here are some practical ways to help reduce your power bills:

  • Turn your air conditioner's (large 3HP air conditioner) thermostat up by just one degree and save up to 10 per cent off its running costs, about $179 per air conditioner per year (based on 10 hours a day for 250 days).
  • Reduce the running time of your air conditioner to five hours a day and save about $380 a year, based on running a 1.5HP air conditioner 250 days for 10 hours a day.
  • Turn your television, DVD and stereo off by using the button on the unit (not the remote) or turning it off at the wall and save up to $25 a year.
  • Switch to LED lights which use up to 79% less electricity than traditional halogen incandescent bulbs and save up to $125 a year per 10 bulbs changed.
  • Similarly, replacing halogen downlights with LED lights will save more than 83% electricity and up to $196 a year per 10 bulbs changes.
  • Cut the time you use the pool pump from 12 hours to eight hours a day and save about $392 a year.

The following guides can also help if you are looking for new appliances: