Acknowledging that tenants of public housing are among the lowest income Victorians, EnergySmart Public Housing Research Project assisted residents of 1500 public housing dwellings to effectively reduce their electricity bills, have a more comfortable home and reduce their environmental impact.
Interventions were designed to save tenants money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish more comfortable temperatures inside the home through winter and summer. This included careful selection of efficient appliances and building shell improvements to deliver tenant benefits.
This project was delivered in conjunction with the Australian Energy Foundation, who engaged with tenants to better understand how these new installations improved their thermal comfort and reduced energy costs. Australian Energy Foundation also delivered the residential upgrades with the support of a strong network of trusted suppliers and contractors.
The project achieved substantial benefits for tenants and reduced environmental impact for the state of Victoria.