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The Monthly News Roundup - February

28 February 2021

Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for February 2021 


ACT Budget: ‘Driving Canberra’s Recovery’

The ACT Government Budget was announced on February and among the announcements include the $150 million Sustainable Household Scheme which will provide zero-interest loans for energy-efficient electric appliances, rooftop solar, and more.

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City of Adelaide achieves carbon neutral target

The City of Adelaide has been undertaking significant improvements to its buildings’ energy efficiency over the last decade. Upgrades in 10 buildings saved the city council more than $600,000 in the 18-19 financial year, with savings continuing each year. 

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Funding for small and medium hotels to improve energy efficiency

The $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program will see grants of up to $25,000 available for small and medium hotels to upgrade to energy efficient products which will lower their power bills.

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Safe, quality insulation for Australian buildings: It can happen

Energy Efficiency Council’s Julianne Tice discusses the EEC and Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC)’s recent research report on safe, quality insulation installations. 

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NABERS gets set for a strong year

NABERS is set to expand into new sectors this year such as retirement living and residential aged care, schools, warehouses and retail tenancies.

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Demand response … gigawatts waiting in the wings

There is vast potential for many energy users and all consumers to benefit as demand response is understood and better utilised, writes Marija Petkovic. Demand response could be a key source of flexibility in the grid as the uptake of clean, but variable energy continues to grow in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

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How the Australian commercial sector is leading the world in sustainability 

More commercial and office buildings in Australia are becoming sustainable, saving millions in energy costs. Hear from GPT Group, Green Building Council of Australia and more in this article.

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