Reducing energy use
Energy efficiency measures introduced in July 2003 made it a requirement for all new dwellings and additions to have measures taken to make heating and cooling more effective by:
- the installation of insulation in the roof space
- having the "r" (insulation) rating of walls meet a predetermined level
- providing breeze paths for ventilation.
Each year, as the Building Code is updated, energy efficiency measures become more important.
City of Rockingham's solar panels
Solar panels save money on operating costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate the effectiveness of solar energy production.
We have many different building and assets which consume a large amount of electricity. In 2014/2015, the installation of solar panels on many of our major buildings reduced power costs and our environmental footprint.
The original sites selected were large electricity consumers, mostly during the day, and where reducing power from the gird would have the greatest benefit to the overall community.
Current solar outputs
|Site||Capacity/No. of panels||Monthly output|
|Administration Building||80kw/320 panels||13 Megawatt hours|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||30kw/92 panels||11 Megawatt hours|
|Challenger Court||75kw/300 panels||10 Megawatt hours|
|Autumn Centre||30kw/120 panels||5 Megawatt hours|
Future sites earmarked for solar panels include:
- City Works Depot (30kw)
- Operations Centre (30kw)
- Gary Holland Community Centre (30kw)
- Safety Bay Library (30kw)
- Anniversary Park (Sized to suit energy demand)
- Rockingham Arts Centre (Sized to suit energy demand)
The Department of Environment and Energy provides information on how to get rebates for solar energy.
Home energy saving tips
Find out how to reduce your energy consumption at home and save money by viewing Synergy's energy saving tips.