Tips for better energy use set to benefit those in need
Low income Australians will get help to make their homes more energy efficient under a Government grants program expected to benefit more than 25,000 households nationwide.
Nearly $40 million in funding has been allocated to 11 successful recipients of round one of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP).
This funding will be used to trial initiatives to help low income households get the most out of their energy use.
The LIEEP is also designed to create new local job opportunities in areas of the community that need it most.
The projects will be delivered by various not-for-profit groups, welfare organisations, charities and manufacturing companies.
Each project aims to address the barriers to energy efficiency uptake – such as access to information, upfront capital costs and existing behaviours – through trials that will collect data to inform future energy efficiency programs and
The projects will target often hard to reach parts of low income Australia, such as those living in long stay arrangements in caravan parks and within remote Indigenous communities.
Activities will include retrofitting low income houses with energy efficient appliances, installing in-home displays to show energy consumption, providing financial training and brokerage assistance, and engaging specific target groups
such as workers on low incomes or Indigenous communities in their own language through peer training.
The successful projects will be rolled out over four years, with the lead organisations receiving funding progressively over that time. The LIEEP is funded by revenue from the carbon price.
To find out more about the LIEEP, visit the Low Income Energy Efficiency Income Program web page.