Sustainability in Your Home

Sustainability in Your Home

Darwin’s climate sets it apart from other Australian capital cities. There is an average annual rainfall of 1,669mm, it rains on an average of 110 days each year and most of that rain falls from December to March – the ‘wet’. The combination of average maximum temperatures of around 33°C and relative humidity levels of close to 80% during this period result in many people relying heavily on air conditioning – and that really eats up the energy.

In conditions like these how you design your home is particularly important, to keep energy use (and the cost of energy) to a minimum. Energy generation is responsible for about 25% of the Territory’s greenhouse gases, so cutting down is good for the environment too. This site gives you lots of useful tips to naturally cool your home.

Nearly two thirds of the water Darwin people use is on gardens, so incorporating our water-wise garden tips in your planning can make a real difference. With so much water around during the wet, it’s easy to forget water is a precious resource. Perhaps that’s why Darwin and Palmerston residents use about twice as much water per day as residents in other Australian cities. The figure of 487 Litres per person, per day compares with 230 litres per person, per day in Cairns, which has a similar climate. Pumping and treating drinking water uses energy and costs money, so it makes sense to use it carefully.