Victorian Healthy Homes Program

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Energy Efficiency at Home

This video will help you make simple, but effective changes to reduce your energy costs and increase the comfort of your home.

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Energy Efficiency at Home Video Transcript

The Victorian Healthy Homes Program is a Victorian Government home energy efficiency program that provides free home energy upgrades to up to 1,000 vulnerable Victorians who live with complex healthcare needs, and have low incomes, in Melbourne’s western suburbs and the Goulburn Valley.

Healthy Homes aims to improve indoor winter temperatures and reduce energy bills of vulnerable Victorians. Upgrades will begin in January 2018 and continue until mid-2020.

Potential program participants will be considered for the program if they have been referred by their local council or hospital, and if they meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible for this program?

You may be selected to join the program if you meet some, or all, of these criteria:

  • You live in Western Melbourne or the Goulburn Valley
  • You have a Centrelink Health Care Card OR Pensioner Concession Card OR a DVA Pensioner Concession Card or DVA Gold Cold
  • You receive home and community care services from your local council
  • You receive complex care support services from your local hospital
  • You have a chronic respiratory condition
  • You plan to reside in your home for at least 2 years.

What can I expect if I am selected?

If selected, program participants will get a free home energy efficiency upgrade, safely installed by licensed and qualified tradespeople.

The upgrades will include the installation of high-efficiency gas or electric heating appliances, ceiling insulation, window coverings, draught proofing, and lighting upgrades.

Participants will also receive 4-5 visits from an energy liaison officer to:

  • Work with you to identify your needs
  • Help you find cheaper energy tariffs
  • Collect various types of energy use and health data (with your agreement).