Sustainability in Your Home

Sustainability in Your Home

Adelaide is Australia’s driest capital city with an average annual rainfall of 558.1mm. Although the city is often described as ‘enjoying a Mediterranean climate’ few would have enjoyed the heatwaves that have marked the city’s summers over recent years. Unfortunately, according to the CSIRO’s Climate Change in South Australia report, Adelaide is likely to get hotter and drier in the future.

CSIRO’s report indicates that, as well as average temperatures continuing to increase, Adelaide is likely to experience more days with extreme maximum temperatures. While this might reduce the demand for energy for heating, it is likely to increase the reliance on air conditioning.

Building the energy-saving features described on this site into your new home makes a lot of sense. Households in South Australia use about 35% of the state's total energy consumption. By reducing energy consumption in your home you not only reduce the impact you have on our environment, you can also reduce our household bills. This site also offers ideas for conserving water in your new home. As the nation's driest state, South Australia is particularly vulnerable to climate change. In the southern regions, annual rainfall is projected to decrease by up to 8% or 9% by 2030. The likelihood of increased evaporation and the prospect of a drier climate reducing flows in the River Murray will also increase water stress and the price of water.