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The Latrobe Valley Home Energy Upgrade Trial Program supported 1000 households to reduce energy costs and/or improve the thermal comfort of their home. The program was available to residents in the Latrobe City, Wellington and Baw Baw council areas.
The program successfully delivered energy efficiency upgrades up to $4500 per household.
With every living situation different, upgrades included but were not limited to:
This led to 2706 products installed across the 1000 homes, with many homes receiving the benefit of a heating upgrade (split system) and an improvement to the home’s thermal shell (insulation).
The program was undertaken to provide practical energy efficiency upgrades to low-income Latrobe Valley residents.
Just over 8 out of 10 homes in Victoria are thermally inefficient, resulting in wasted energy and higher utility bills.
Participants could achieve lower energy bills or an improved thermal comfort through one or more of the following:
The program sought to make a positive impact on the daily lives of participants through energy efficiency upgrades, demonstrating that even low-cost upgrades can have a big impact.
An external consultant was engaged to survey participants and collect household energy data where possible. This information was captured and presented in an Evaluation Report available to download below.
Not all energy consumption went down:
The condition of homes also determined what upgrades could be installed. To ensure safety of installers or occupants, part of the allocated $4500 needed to be spent on updating switchboards, wiring or gas piping. This took away from available spend on energy efficiency or thermal comfort upgrades. It would be recommended that future programs include a contingency for such safety works.
Learn how to improve energy efficiency at home.
Learnings from the Latrobe Valley Home Upgrade Program are informing Victorian Government initiatives to improve housing energy efficiency across Victoria. For recent announcements on energy efficiency upgrade programs, please visit the Victorian Energy Saver website.