Energy efficiency

Energy efficient homes and appliances can lower household energy bills while also reducing carbon pollution. However, the people who most need lower bills often can’t afford the necessary upgrades or can't make changes because they are renting.

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We are working with government and corporate partners to ensure that low-income households have access to best practice energy efficiency programs.

Our recent work includes: 

  • reviewing the effectiveness of the Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program (HEEUP), a hot water upgrade program for low-income households
  • proposing new energy efficiency policy and programs to assist the most disadvantaged households
  • ensuring the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme is fair and equitable.

Featured project

Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project pilot - in progress

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is working with Monash Sustainability and other project partners to assess the effectiveness of the Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project. Read more »


Recent work

Response to the Review of the Residential Tenancies Act options discussion paper

Within this submission, we supported the inclusion of minimum health, safety and amenity standards for rental housing, especially standards for energy efficiency. Read more »


Victorian energy efficiency target scheme (VEET) – ensuring an equitable scheme

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is working to ensure energy efficient target schemes, which obligate energy retailers to reduce emissions, are fair and equitable. Read more »


The Brotherhood advocates for energy efficiency policy and program development, which assists low income households. Read more »


This study investigated the impact of energy audits and retrofits for households that took part in the Warm Home Cool Home (WHCH) and Concession Assist (CA) programs in the City of Moreland in Melbourne's northern suburbs. Read more »

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