31 July 2020
Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for July 2020.
New standard unveiled for greener Australian homes of the future
A draft of the Green Star Homes Standard was released this month, as part of the Building Council of Australia’s Future Homes Strategy. The standard will help drive transformation in the residential sector to create a market for healthier, more resilient, energy efficient homes. Double-glazed windows, air filtration systems and LED lighting are some of the elements new Australian homes will have to feature in order to achieve ‘Green Star certification’.
Energy efficient lighting for local streets
The City of Greater Geelong has moved to slash emissions and operational costs by converting up to 25,000 streetlights to energy-energy efficient LED lighting. The city has awarded a $4.94 million tender for the first phase of the project to Schreder Australia. The first stage will deliver around 15,000 light fittings and devices, which will allow remote adjustment of lighting output.
Helping renters cut down on their energy bills
The ACT Government has expanded the ACT Home Energy Assessment Scheme to help lower power bills for renters by providing free in-home energy assessments. Australian Energy Foundation, who will lead the delivery of the program, hopes that it will deliver savings for households through reductions in energy use, while also improving the liveability of their homes.
Applications now open for energy efficiency grants to small businesses and dairy farming businesses
As the economy recovers from COVID-19, the Government is helping businesses to lower their power bills and reduce emissions, through the Energy Efficient Communities Program, which will deliver $40 million in grants.
Up to $20,000 will be available to small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million to upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption, invest in monitoring systems to better manage energy use and conduct energy audits to investigate other opportunities for efficiency.