The St Vincent de Paul Society has welcomed the news that the ACT Government will be expanding the successful Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, and extending the program until 2030. Source: Catholic Voice.
“The Home Energy efficiency program is of invaluable assistance to the community, and particularly low income households,” said Vinnies’ Canberra/Goulburn chief Barnie van Wyk.
“As part of this scheme, Vinnies delivers the Actsmart Home Energy Efficiency Program to low-income residential households and we have seen first-hand how beneficial the program is.
“One of the greatest expenses households face is their energy payments. Request for assistance with utilities is one of the main requests for help received through our helpline.
“With rent in Canberra now being the most expensive in the country, if we can help reduce the cost of utilities we’re preventing further economic stress on those most vulnerable in our community,” Mr van Wyk said.
Since 2015 Vinnies has visited 2000 homes to assess them for energy efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Team check large household appliances to see how energy efficient they are, and whether windows or doors are causing draughts that reduce the cold or hot air. The household then receives a customised education plan to reduce their energy use, receives free draught-proofing for their home, and access to energy efficient appliances and devices if needed.