The ACT’s Sustainable Energy Policy has a strong focus on smarter use of energy by improving the energy efficiency of homes, buildings and appliances through behaviour change and fuel switching.
Included in the Policy (Measure 9) is a commitment to, ‘subject to a regulatory impact assessment, establish a new ambitious energy savings initiative, funded by energy users, providing support to low-income households and stimulating the broad-scale energy efficiency improvements of homes and small businesses across the Territory’.
While the ACT has some of the lowest electricity and gas prices in the country, this is more than offset by our high levels of energy usage. Our cool climate means we use a lot of energy for winter heating, but there is a lot we can do to reduce energy consumption in our homes and businesses without compromising on comfort and convenience.
Using less energy means reducing our energy bills, but it can also help us on the path to meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets.
ACTSmart to save energy
Check out the ACTSmart website for information on how to save energy in your home, business, school, or community and to find out whether you are eligible for special assistance.
Expansion of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) to the Business Sector
Cabinet agreed to expand the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme to the non-residential sector and were updated on implementation progress of the scheme for the residential sector. View the Triple Bottom Line Assessment Summary and the Regulatory Impact Summary.
Outreach Energy and Water Efficiency Program – Case Study Report
In 2012, eleven low-income households participating in the ACT Government’s Outreach Energy and Water Efficiency Program took part in a comprehensive case study. The aims of the project were to collect and analyse data to determine whether the Outreach Program is improving household energy efficiency, and to inform and improve policy and project implementation.
Key results recorded across all case study homes were:
- An average 22% reduction in energy use in the winter quarter compared with the previous year, made up of:
- 33% reduction in electricity consumption in the winter quarter compared with the previous year
- 5.9% reduction in gas consumption in the winter quarter compared with the previous year
- An average of $270.60 net dollar saving per household in the winter quarter
- A total reduction of 18.44 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in the winter quarter.
Full details can be viewed in the case study report.
Energy Efficiency Information for Tenants Report
Action 3 of the Government's Climate Change Strategy, AP2 aims at developing options to provide prospective tenants with information to inform their decision making regarding the energy efficiency of homes, fixed appliances and major energy uses.
Following stakeholder consultation consisting of a survey, workshops and a consultation paper inviting feedback, a report has been finalised which includes detailed analysis and recommendations for future Government action. In summary, these include:
- Energy efficiency information disclosure for rental properties is most useful if it allows tenants to confidently compare energy use and trade off higher ratings against higher weekly rental costs.
- There is limited expected benefit resulting from extending the current requirement to disclose existing energy efficiency ratings (EER) from those with an existing EER to all rental properties, as it provides limited useful information to prospective tenants.
- Current EER ratings tools do not meet the needs of tenants in relation to energy performance information.
- Any program should seek to minimise potential increases in costs for low-income tenants.
A pilot was conducted by the Centre for Liveability Real Estate on behalf of the ACT Government in 2015-16 to trial innovative ways to provide energy efficiency information to prospective and current tenants. The final report, “Energy Efficiency Information for Tenants Pilot” was delivered in 2016 and is available here.