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.

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Policy submissions

Submission to the Senate Select Committee inquiry on electricity prices (including attachment on UK experience) September 2012 (PDF, 222 KB)

BSL submission re the National Energy Savings Initiative February 2012 (PDF, 174 KB)

Reports and papers

Book chapter

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.