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Environment Centre NT GPO Box 2120, Darwin NT Phone: 08 8981 2532 Email: coolmob@ecnt.org 6 Rainwater tanks can be used to water gardens or connected to the home to flush toilets, wash clothes, fill a hot water system or evaporative air-conditioning. Territorians considering buying a rainwater tank or associated guttering are encouraged to buy local and support local businesses and tradesman. SAVINGS The average four person home will spend approximately $2115.00 annually on water bills (Power Water Corporation). In the Darwin region a household with 40m of guttering (100m2 roof area) and a 25 000 litre tank will allow a family of four to flush toilets, wash clothes and top up their pool (if they dont have a pool cover that stops nearly all your evaporation) for approximately 9 months of the year with rainwater only. This eliminates the need for town water supplies reducing your water bill by 14 per cent, saving the average household around $296 annually. In the Alice Springs region 60m of guttering (200m2 roof area) and a 6 000 litre tank will allow a family of four to flush the toilet for approximately 9 months of the year with rainwater only, eliminating the need to use precious town water and reducing household water bills by approximately 5 per cent, saving $106 annually. A Darwin family of four living rurally can save money and water all year round by plumbing 40m of guttering (100 m2 of roof area) to a 25 000 litre rainwater tank and connecting this water to their entire house. Collecting rainwater rather than pumping ground water from their bore will mean reduced bore running costs and energy savings of 214kWh or $25.50 on energy bills alone. For more information on Rainwater Tank Rebates, visit www.greeningnt.nt.gov.au/ or call 08 8999 3488 The Future of Electric Cars ... the Victorian motoring association, RACV, are committing $2 million to electric cars through an investment in Better Place Australia, the company leading the push to set up a national re-charging network. Read an interesting interview on this subject go to http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/content/2010/s2851753.htm Follow up to our story called Not an easy solution on the ability of grass to store carbon.

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