A number of incentives are now in place to help the Northern Territory through the coronavirus crisis, as well as promote the long-term sustainability of the Alice Springs power system, through the uptake of household battery systems.
More information about the new Home and Business Battery Scheme is available here: https://nt.gov.au/industry/start-run-and-grow-a-business/grow-your-business/business-grants-and-funding/home-and-business-battery-scheme
Applications for works supported by the Home Improvement Scheme have now closed, but there is still plenty you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Read on!
On April 5, 2020 the NT Government announced the “Home and Business Battery Scheme”. This replaced the offer of batteries and inverters within the Jobs Rescue and Recovery Plan. Read Intyalheme’s response to the announcement here:
Consider energy efficiency while you help the NT economy recover
The Northern Territory Government’s Jobs Rescue and Recovery plan encompasses a series of measures to help Territorians and local businesses cope with the impact of covid-19.
The plan was first announced on March 19, and has been updated a number of times since.
Intyalheme has joined forces with the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) to help you make best use of the plan to lower your power bills, make your house more comfortable, and get head on the journey towards a renewable energy future. ALEC has more resources HERE.
The Home Improvement Scheme promotes physical improvements to land or buildings, and can also support repairs and maintenance. Under this scheme, homeowners might like to consider works to improve energy efficiency or install new technologies.
Solar PV excluded
Buying solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or installing solar panels, e.g. rooftop solar are excluded works. This is the case for all three programs; the Home Improvement Scheme, Business Improvement Grant and Immediate Work Grants. (Update 5/4/20 — inverter and battery works were carried into the new HBBS, which also supports the installation of solar PV with accompanying batteries)
Eligible works include:
- installing or repairing an air-conditioning unit
- painting your house
- pool repairs
- fencing repairs
- installing or repairing a reticulation system
- upgrading ceiling fans or lighting
- installing a solar hot water system
- other electrical work that support energy efficiency.
Conduct your own energy efficiency audit
If you’re finding yourself with more free time at home, why not conduct your own energy efficiency audit? Here are some other energy-efficiency improvements you could consider:
- Shade sunny windows with blinds or curtains
- New shade sails or other shade structures
- Paint your roof white
- Install LED lighting
- Install insulation into the ceiling, walls, or even the floor
- Install double glazing or tint your windows
Energy efficiency tips
Here are some tips from our friends at COOLmob
- Use a fan before an air conditioner
- In summer set your air conditioner to 23C or higher
- In winter set your temperature to 18C or lower
- Clean your air conditioning system twice a year
- Close blinds and curtains when you leave the house
- Turn off lights, fans, air conditioning when you leave
- Install a water-saving showerhead
- Keep showers under five minutes
- Wash clothes on cold setting with a full load
- Use low energy light globes
- Purchase a swimming pool cover
- Get a variable speed pool pump
- Replace your old fridge or freezer with an energy-efficient model
- Replace perished freezer seals
- Install motion sensors on external lighting