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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. 

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. 

Impor­tant dates: 

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: 
    • invert­er
    • switch­board
    • bat­ter­ies
  • 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