Disadvantaged households and energy efficiency
As climate change measures are expected to increase energy costs, the Brotherhood is keen to address the significant barriers to energy efficiency faced by households with low incomes, including limited funds and often poor quality housing.
Researchers have documented measures to reduce low-income private renters’ energy costs, such as retrofitting with insulation and more efficient appliances, improved building standards and body corporate rules, reformed energy tariffs and more accessible information. The Brotherhood partnered with KPMG to develop a proposal for a national energy efficiency program that would retrofit many homes while creating employment and training opportunities.
Reports and papers
- Damian Sullivan and Victoria Johnson 2012, (PDF, 634 KB)
- Victoria Johnson and Damian Sullivan 2011, , paper presented at the State of Australian Cities conference, Melbourne, 2 December (PDF, 349 KB)
- (joint statement) (PDF, 320 KB)
- Brotherhood of St Laurence and KPMG 2008, (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- A follow-up to this report considered the economic stimulus effects of the proposal:
KPMG 2008, (PDF, 24 KB)
- Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008, (PDF, 600 KB)
- (PDF file, 80 KB)
Damian Sullivan and Josie Lee 2010, ‘A national energy efficiency program for low-income households: responding equitably to climate change’, in I Jubb, P Holper and W Cai (eds), Managing climate change: papers from the GREENHOUSE 2009 Conference, CSIRO, Collingwood.