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Council has received funding of $560,000 from the Australian Government's Low Income Energy Efficiency Program for the project Innovation and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency for Disadvantaged Members of Our Community, which aims to improve energy efficiency in the homes of people who live independently, but who receive either an aged or disability pension.
The project has partnered with the council's Positive Ageing Team and other commmunity welfare organisations providing home care services, to identify and try to address common barriers that eligible households face in achieving better energy efficiency.
The project is providing free, no obligation home energy assessments to households with follow-up advice over the life of the project that allow households and project staff to identify where potential energy savings might be made.
The project also offers no-cost incentives for eligible households to implement agreed changes to lower energy usage and improve thermal comfort of the homes.
Households are asked to provide billing and consumption data, and to provide information on the way they manage energy in their homes. This is used not only to monitor and evaluate changes, but also to support people with understanding billing complexities and tariff structures.
CSIRO Science into Society Group is the project's research partner and has completed two of three interviews with participating households to gather qualitative information for analysis that can be used by people working in this or related sectors to support other low income or vulnerable households across Australia.
Findings from the project may also be used to inform government policy and in the development of initiatives seeking to improve access and participation rates in energy efficiency programs.
This activity received funding from the Australian Government.