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Energy-saving guide for Northern Australia

About this guide

This guide is to help you maintain a comfortable and liveable home year round across the 3 northern Australian climate zones. It contains energy-saving ideas you can adapt to your individual needs and housing situation, while also reducing your energy bills.

With 40% of energy in the average Australian home used for cooling and heating, learning to design and manage your home efficiently can make a big difference.

Our practical, simple-to-follow actions are based on expert advice from people who understand living in the tropics and hot arid areas. Find out how to:

  • design and manage your home more efficiently to take advantage of your local climate

  • make no-cost or low-cost improvements whether you’re a home owner or renting

  • create a more energy-efficient home that is cheaper to run, by considering some longer term investments.

Northern Australia covers around 40% of the country’s land mass and includes a range of communities, languages and dwellings. While the recommendations in this guide will be relevant to many households, they are not tailored to remote and Indigenous housing but could be adapted by individuals and organisations supporting such communities.

The guide includes sections targeting each climate zone.

  • Find your climate zone and check the key design features you need to understand. We’ve included a map and house diagrams to help you do this.

  • Read the information for all zones with essential resources about extreme weather and how to get the most out of your air conditioner.

  • Read the tips for your climate zone. You’ll find no-cost, low-cost and more expensive options.