Over half the money raised from the carbon price is being used to assist households.
Using energy more efficiently – conserving energy use, avoiding waste and working smarter – can help you save money. That’s why energy efficiency is part of the Clean Energy Future Plan.
Q. What assistance will businesses get to reduce their energy costs?
Q. What assistance will be provided to remote Indigenous communities to improve energy efficiency?
Encouraging energy efficiency
Australia can use energy more efficiently. This means considering in the first place whether we can conserve our use of energy; then it means taking steps to avoid waste when we do use energy; and finally, it means being smarter – working out how to get the same outcomes while using less energy to achieve them.
Improvements in energy efficiency can be small in themselves. Turning off a television set at the wall rather than leaving it in power standby mode can reduce carbon pollution by around 20 kilograms a year.
Improving enerygy efficiency means that, for any given level of pollution-intensity in Australia’s energy supply, there will be lower carbon pollution.
How can I save money and reduce my own pollution?
Energy efficiency improvements around the home require the right know-how. The Government’s LivingGreener website provides information on living sustainably and connects to all Commonwealth, state and territory energy efficiency and climate change programs.
The website includes information on how households can improve energy efficiency to save dollars and cut carbon pollution.
A household information and telephone advice line assists those who can’t access information online. Information is also be provided via social media channels.
Energy efficiency involves conserving energy use, avoiding waste and working smarter—it makes sense
Australia can reduce carbon pollution by improving energy efficiency across Government, business and households. Small actions can mean a big difference overall, and simple improvements to the way we do things also enable us to save money. That’s why energy efficiency is a key part of the Government’s plan for a clean energy future.
The Government will be further developing a national energy savings scheme that could reward energy efficiency actions across households and businesses.
Helping households and communities save energy
The Government is supporting households to use energy more wisely by providing advice, including through the Living Greener website, which provides information on how households can save money by improving their energy efficiency. Low Carbon Communities is being expanded to $330 million to fund projects to help low income households, local governments and community organisations save energy.
The Remote Indigenous Energy Program is providing around 55 remote indigenous communities with funding to install renewable energy systems, reducing reliance on diesel for electricity generation.
Helping businesses become more energy efficient
The carbon price provides strong incentives for businesses to improve their energy efficiency. The Government is helping businesses in this process through a range of measures, including the $1.2 billion Clean Technology Program.
In addition, the Government has established program for industry associations and non-government organisations to deliver tailored information to small businesses and community organisations on ways to manage carbon price impacts.
For more information see: Chapter 8 – Improving energy efficiency.