Better insulation, appliances that use less power and cleaner forms of heating and cooling can help lower the amount of energy we consume. However many households need assistance to make these changes. Rather than subsidising continuing inefficient energy use, low-income Australians can be supported to use energy more efficiently so as to lower their bills and reduce the impact of climate change.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is seeking:
The Brotherhood of St Laurence undertakes innovative research to inform policy and service delivery, delivers quality services and advocates to government to support low-income households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Our recent activities include:
Our advocacy in this area is listed below, with more on our work available at Research: Energy Efficiency.
November 2015Response to the consultation on ceiling insulation in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme (PDF file, 236 KB)
May 2015Submission to the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme consultation (PDF file, 134 KB)and supporting information sheet (PDF file, 86 KB)
February 2014Submission to NSW Review of Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Households (PDF file, 204 KB)
February 2014Submission to the Department of the Environment Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper (PDF file, 317 KB)
August 2013Joint consumer submission to Essential Services Commission re Energy Retail Code Harmonisation with National Energy Customer Framework draft decision (PDF file, 582 KB)
ReviewReview of VEET studies (PDF file, 266 KB)
PaperThe power to save: an equity analysis of the Victorian Energy Saver Incentive in Melbourne (PDF file, 338 KB) paper presented to the State of Australian Cities conference, Sydney, 26–29 November 2013
ArticleThe lead article of Brotherhood Comment August 2013 (PDF file, 680 KB) reports from our study of home energy efficiency programs in Moreland
Report 2013Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland: Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report
Report 2012The power to save: an equity assessment of the Victorian Energy Saver Incentive in metropolitan Melbourne
Media release 07 July 2015Victorian electricity retailers' charges highest in Australia: report
Media release 2 September 2013Research shows energy efficiency can do more than just save on bills
Media discussion 25 May 2011The Breakfast Program, ABC Radio NationalJohn Thwaites, Chair of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence's Low Income Climate Change Task Group, and former deputy premier of Victoria, speaking with Fran Kelly.
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.
Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.