Category: Sustainable Lifestyle

Save $$$ On Your Power Bills By Choosing Sustainable Design!

Save Costs With Sustainable Design

Since the pandemic arrived we are all spending more money in, and on, our homes than ever before. And while working from home, staycations and online shopping can save us money, it can also cause our power bills to rocket upwards (and wipe out the savings we’ve made by staying home) if we’re not careful. 

If you’re building now, choosing sustainable design is a great way to keep your living costs down.  You can find out more about sustainable house designs in Queensland here. And, if you’re already in your dream home then some simple changes will help you to be both energy efficient and benefitting the environment. 

The four main areas of energy usage in an average Australian home are:

  • Heating and cooling 
  • Lighting
  • Appliances
  • Water heating

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Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling account for roughly 40 per cent of the average home’s energy usage, which makes it a great place to start when you’re looking into your energy efficiency. We know that Queensland gets hot and humid meaning your air conditioner will often need to be on 24/7. When you’re building from scratch you can ensure you choose an energy efficient model for aircon, whether it be ducted or split system. And after you move in, there are some additional small changes you can make to reduce costs:

  • Stop the sun from blazing in by closing curtains and blinds in sun facing rooms to keep them cooler, allowing your aircon to work a little less hard and cost a bit less money!
  • Conversely, when it is cold open blinds and curtains to welcome the sun in to warm your home naturally, but keep them closed on the shady side and at night to stop heat escaping
  • In spring and autumn (let’s be honest in Queensland fans just don’t cut it on hot summer days) utilise a ceiling fan rather than an air conditioner
  • Seal gaps around doors, windows and fireplaces where there is a draft



Lighting accounts for another 10 per cent of the average home’s electricity usage, so give these little tips a try to save some $$$:

  • Don’t use lights if you don’t have to (i.e. well positioned natural light is often enough and if you’re building, this is an important sustainable design consideration), and don’t forget to turn them off when you leave the room. You could also consider installing sensors and/ or timers and dimmer switches
  • Energy-saving LED light globes use up to 75 per cent less energy than halogen or incandescent lights and last 5-10 times longer
  • Solar lighting for gardens has dramatically improved, and the light bulbs are much brighter than they used to be, so no need to use electric lights in the garden

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Household appliances account for another 30 per cent of our energy usage, and while you’re home 24/7 this figure can rise much higher. Watching your favourite shows on a large TV screen for extended periods can burn more energy than a fridge, which is a pretty big power sucker in its own right. And while no one is expecting you to do without a TV (the humanity!), there are a bunch of things you can do to save your wallet some pain:

  • Choose new appliances energy wisely. Check energy ratings before you buy, all new appliances have stickers giving you a star rating
  • Adjust settings to maximise benefit, such as making sure the fridge temperature and thermostat are on the right temperature, setting aircon at reasonable temperatures
  • Use eco settings wherever possible, and if you don’t have solar panels, use things like dryers (if a clothes line won’t do) at night when electricity is cheaper
  • Many appliances continue to draw power even when you’re not using them – look out for appliances that have standby power modes which help to conserve energy usage

Water heating

Heating water uses around 20 per cent of an average household’s energy usage, and even more if you have a big family and enjoy long showers! Save money with these quick tips:

  • Use cold water for the washing machine where possible; today’s washing powders and machines are very capable of a great wash at cold or low temperatures, this also saves on fabric meaning your clothes will last longer
  • Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load
  • Lower your water heater thermostat to between 60°C and 65°C
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead and keep showers to four minutes or less
  • If you want to look long term, you can install a solar hot water system, heat pump, or gas hot water system, all of which are more energy-efficient than electric

If you’d like to learn more about sustainable design in Queensland, Moreton Bay Regional Council has an excellent resource on their website here with heaps of great ideas for building and living in Moreton Bay. 

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Find North Harbour

North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on Buckley Road in Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases beautiful display homes with sustainable design for Brisbane from some of Australia’s best home builders. To find out more about North Harbour living including our regular events, sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook and Instagram (@northharbourliving). 

Get Fit with North Harbour’s Awesome Outdoor Exercise Equipment

Outdoor Exercise Equipment in Burpengary East


On completion of our masterplan, North Harbour will be home to 1000 acres of open space and parklands, an area approximately the size of 600 football fields which is more than half of our entire site. With five parks currently open at North Harbour and two more due to open in 2022, each park has something unique to offer from exercise equipment in our Burpengary East location to off leash dog play areas. Each park is also designed to connect through bike and walking tracks as part of the North Harbour masterplan.  


The Village Park: The Village Park was the first park to open at North Harbour in 2015 and offers play equipment suitable for older and younger children, plenty of space to play, BBQ and picnic shelters, and free Wi-Fi! The Village Park is also the home of Cam’s Boot Camp and is a popular central meeting place for families in our community.  


Reflections Park: Reflections opened in 2017 and is located at the western corner of North Harbour, adjacent to Raff Creek Eco-Corridor. With play equipment for younger children, Reflections has plenty of flat space around for running around and exercise equipment for park patrons to enjoy. 


Riparian Park: Riparian Park opened in May 2019 and offers an expansive space for residents to enjoy, even having hosted the inaugural community cricket match between neighbourhood streets! With a flying fox, plenty of play equipment, fitness equipment and half basketball court, Riparian Park also continues the stretch of bike tracks and walking tracks along Mornington Parade which begin at Reflections Park.  


Habitat Park: Habitat Park also opened in 2019 and offers much-loved off-leash dog areas with plenty of space and play equipment for your dog. Habitat Park also includes play equipment for kids, outdoor fitness equipment, BBQs and shelters and wetlands. 


Heritage Park: One of the most exciting and unique parts of the North Harbour masterplan is our Heritage Park which is located along the banks of Caboolture River. Heritage Park is the site of the original “Morayfields” settlement which dates from 1861 and was the first European settlement in the district. The Heritage Park area includes 6kms of riverside mountain bike trails, picnic and BBQ areas, walking trails and is the home of our free fitness events, Saturday’s North Harbour parkrun and Sunday’s Sunrise Yoga in the Park. More details on these events can be found below. Heritage Park is open 6am-sunset, every day. 


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outdoor equipment

As well as our free outdoor exercise equipment for Burpengary East residents to use at many of our parks we also have free weekend fitness events. 


Every Saturday 7am – North Harbour parkrun. A free, 5km run/ jog/ walk around the Heritage Park and Caboolture River at North Harbour, click here for more information and directions.  


Every Sunday 7.30am – Sunrise Yoga in the Park at Heritage Park. This is a free class, suitable for all ages and abilities. Visit to find out more.  


And, during the week and on Saturdays, North Harbour resident and Bootcamp guru Cam Smith runs Boot Camp training sessions in our Village Park. These are extremely popular with a great take up from our fitness loving North Harbour residents.  


We also have a Mountain Bike Trail and walking trails in our Heritage Park which is open 6am to sunset every day. And, North Harbour hosts regular free events in our Burpengary East location from Opera to Tree Planting Days and more. To see what’s coming up, visit our Events page. 


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To find out more about what’s on at North Harbour and all our upcoming events in Burpengary East, visit our Events page. And, if you’d like to find out more about North Harbour Living, our Sales and Information Centre and Display Village are open seven days a week, 10am-5pm, located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive. We have stunning designs from a range of builders available to view, and our next Display Village will open in mid-2022.  


You can view latest land releases and general information on our website, and additional information about buying a new home at North Harbour through our other online channels: 


  • YouTube Channel: We have over 100 videos online on our North Harbour YouTube Channel 
  • Blogs: We have more than 250 informative blogs on our website 
  • Facebook: All our latest updates are posted on Facebook, Instagram and Google 


You can also contact us by phone, 07 5433 1111, or email . Our office is open 10am-5pm every day. And, if required, we can work through the buying process with you by phone, email and electronic document transfer.