Water and Electricity Savings Tips

Have you applied for a concession for your utilities?

If you hold a card issued by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs you can apply for a concession on your utilities. To find out more please contact the Concessions Hotline of Concession finder webpage.

Concessions Hotline – 1800 307 758                                           Concession finder (webpage)

If you do meet the criteria and are eligible for concessions on your utilities, below is the application form.


Water Charging Fact Sheet (For Tenants)


Save Power in Your Home

There are easy actions you can take to save water, energy and money around your home.

The South Australian Government has released handy information booklets on saving power in the home.

Be energy smart

Winter heating guide

Summer cooling guide 

Do your own home energy audit


YESS Energy

Westside fully supports its households to contact YESS Energy to arrange a home energy audit.


Tony Mazzocco
0407 771 197

If someone living in your home has a concession card, you may be eligible to receive some or all of the following free service and products through YESS Energy.

  • Free personalised home energy assessment (and simple steps to follow to save money)
  • LED light bulbs
  • Shower head
  • TV saver pack
  • Computer saver pack

Energy Saving Tips

The following are tips provided by Origin Energy on ways you can reduce your energy consumption and save money in your home. Please note that any changes to the property to implement these cost saving ideas are the responsibility of the Tenant and will not be subsidized or maintained by Westside Housing Company Ltd.

Heating and Cooling

Make sure your home is well insulated. Roof insulation can save you up to 45% on your heating and cooling costs.

Heating and Cooling tips


Check the temperature setting on your iron. An iron can consume as much energy as 24 x 100 Watt light bulbs.

Laundry tips

Hot Water

Switching from a high flow inefficient showerhead to a 3 star rated showerhead can reduce your use by half.

Hot Water tips


Fridges and freezers are the biggest energy user in most kitchens, they operate at peak efficiency when full, so choose one that’s the right size for your needs.

Kitchen tips


Save over 500 kWh of electricity per year simply by changing 6 x 75 Watt incandescent bulbs for 14 Watt energy efficient compact fluorescent globes.

Lighting tips


Standby power is estimated to account for up to 9% of a home’s electricity consumption; turning off appliances at the power point can save up to 800 kWh per year.

Appliance tips


Save Water in Your Home

Inside the average South Australian home, the greatest amount of water is used in the bathroom (20%) and toilet (11%).

One of the easiest ways of saving water in the bathroom and toilet is to install a water efficient showerhead and toilet cistern and ensure that you use them properly.

In your bathroom

  • Take shorter showers – you can save up to 11 litres of water every minute by installing a water efficient shower head.
  • Install a dual flush toilet – this can save you up to 50% on every flush.
  • Check for a leaking toilet cistern. Put food colouring in the cistern. If the colour shows in the toilet bowl without flushing, you’ve got a leak.
  • Turn the taps off when you’re brushing your teeth, washing your hands and shaving.
  • Install water efficient appliances wherever possible.
  • Install aerators on your taps.

For more information visit sawater.com.au