Incentives enable upgrade of eco-community showcase
Adelaide’s Christies Walk is a city eco-community of 27 homes and gardens celebrating 10 years as a showcase for sustainable living practices.
‘We get about 1,500 visitors a year attending our regular monthly tours and other events. So it’s important that we keep up to date as technology improves,’ says resident Brian Loffler.
The Sustainability Incentives Scheme supported a number of new installations at Christies Walk including replacing inefficient lighting with LED lighting. ‘The component with the biggest effect so far is a controller for the water heating system which saves power by switching off at times when it is not needed,’ says Brian.
‘We noticed a 10% electricity saving in the first quarter – and the system had only been active for one month. So we are very pleased about the potential ongoing savings.’
Brian encourages people interested in the rebate scheme to meet with the City of Adelaide Sustainability Program to discuss their goals and how to apply for the grants.
‘We are really grateful to the City of Adelaide team for taking a leading edge approach to tackling climate change. With their help, we will also look to invest in battery storage and solar PV as a future step.’