My Green Apartment

Upgrade and Save

North Sydney Council's My Green Apartment program, run in partnership with Willoughby Council, provides FREE no obligation, independent expert advice, support and tools to help apartment owners, strata and building managers make the switch to more efficient and appropriate lighting in common areas.

  • Over $1000 per strata of dedicated support from an independent lighting expert
  • Improve the quality of lighting in your building
  • Protect your building against future electricity price rises
  • Strata could be losing thousands of dollars by not upgrading to energy efficient lighting.

Previous participants in North Sydney who completed the My Green Apartment program have achieved an average projected energy savings of 60% and a three year payback for this investment.

North Sydney Council is currently accepting enquiries from residents living in apartment buildings in North Sydney to arrange an assessment of your building to find out how much you can save and improve the lighting in your building.

If your building has:

  • Over forty apartments and is eight storeys or greater
  • At least one level of underground carparking and or firestairs
  • Energy bills over $10,000 per annum (common for most buildings over eight storeys)
  • Older style fluro lighting or building which has not had a lighting upgrade in the last five years

If the answer is YES to all of the above, contact our Sustainability Education Officer on 9936 8100 or email as places are limited.


My Green Apartment 2013 Case Study

The following case study highlights the cost and energy savings for one building, Regency Park, Miller St, North Sydney who participated in the My Green Apartment program in 2013

Estimated Annual Energy and Cost Savings 

Total Energy Savings KWH PA

Total Savings $ PA

Total Cost of Upgrade

Total Simple Payback






What did they do

This single tower apartment block upgraded its common area garage and fire stair lighting, as the previous lighting that had been installed in 1995 had deteriorated. They replaced fluorescent tubing with LED tubing, including installing LED tubing with dimmers in the fire stairs. They replaced lights in the lift with LED fixtures as well as replacing hallway lighting with upgraded LED fixtures. The street lighting under their awning in Miller St was upgraded to LED with sensors to come on automatically at dusk.

Why did they get involved in the My Green Apartments program

The executive committee was keen to learn about the latest technology and how to save on electricity bills and were hoping to halve their running costs on common property energy bills. It was felt that lack of quality knowledge about what was available in lighting, the perception of the costs of sustainability outweighing the benefits, sustainability not being on the agenda and the executive committee’s resistance all contributed to previous reluctance to upgrade the lighting.

The Best Outcome

The best outcome for this building was the comprehensive consultant’s spreadsheets that allowed them to understand the cost/benefit of the upgrade. This knowledge helped the committee overcome their resistance to spending the money to do the lighting. The cost savings and increased safety for tenants were also great outcomes for the executive committee whereas for the owners it meant less pressure from electricity price increases. 


Other Resources

Green Strata

Green Strata is a response to the problem of how to live more sustainably as a collection of households within a building or complex. It helps find ways to retro-fit energy, water and emission-reducing solutions to achieve a 'greener' building to live in. Read, learn and share the latest information, case studies, tips for sustainable living in apartments.


For everything you need to know about strata, visit

Owners Corporation Network

This is a non-profit peak body representing apartment owners. Visit

Sustainable Living in Apartments Forums

 In 2009, we ran two Sustainable Living in Apartments forums. Below are summary presentations that may assist residents in making more sustainable choices at home. Want to give your apartment a green makeover? These presentations offer great tips on energy and water efficiency, working with strata law, and examples of sustainable apartment blocks across Sydney.

Sustainable Living in Apartments Forum 1 (2MB)

Sustainable Living in Apartments Forum 2 (1MB)

Energy Efficient Apartment Buildings (345KB)

Water Efficiency in Apartments (611KB)

Strata Law and Sharing Stories (848KB)

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