The Townsville: Queensland Solar City project has reached another milestone, with more than 50 energy assessments carried out for residents of Magnetic Island.
Energy assessors began conducting assessments in February, providing an opportunity for households and businesses to learn how they can reduce their electricity consumption.
Energy saving initiatives taken up by customers include insulating hot water pipes (70 per cent of households), turning off standby appliances (60 per cent) and changing over to compact fluorescent light bulbs (19kW replaced so far).
Following the installation of the first residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system in May, there has been a high level of community interest in hosting a PV system.
There have now been 10 systems installed on homes and businesses throughout Magnetic Island.
All participants in the Townsville: Queensland Solar City project will also receive their own energy savings booklet, ‘Shining a light on sustainable living’.
The booklet* provides a comprehensive overview of the Solar City project as well as a step-by-step guide to saving energy throughout the home or office, as well as tips to create better energy usage habits.
To receive a copy of the energy savings booklet or for more information on the project, please contact Solar City Community Engagement Manager Julie Heath on 4758 1674 or 0408 862 520.
The Townsville: Queensland Solar City project is part of the Australian Government’s Solar Cities initiative, which is helping change the way we think about and use energy. Trials involving governments, industry, businesses and residents across Australia are helping create a new energy future for Australian communities.
* A copy of the assumptions made in the energy savings booklets can be found here.