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.

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 is focused on: 

  • 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

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

Current and recent work

Response to the E3 lighting policy paper

In our submission we supported the introduction of minimum standards for LED lamps, which will increase the energy efficiency of Australian homes and businesses. We drew attention to the need for clear and consistent information on packaging to help customers make informed choices. Read more »

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 (VEET) scheme – ensuring an equitable scheme

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

Low income energy efficiency programs

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

Moreland Solar City home energy efficiency research

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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