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.
ALEC is working with Intyalheme to help you make best use of the plan to lower your power bills, make your house more comfortable, and get ahead on the journey towards a renewable energy future.
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.
Other parts of the government’s plan include a Business Improvement Grant, and an Immediate Work Grant, which also cover physical improvements for businesses and organisations.
Tradies can register now at:
Homeowner applications open on Monday April 6 at:
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.
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 or upgrading an existing solar system including:
- 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