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Published November 26, 2015 | By Janet Armstrong
Between January and October 2015, Stage 2 of the Energy Saver Study was completed, including over 330 retrofit actions in 160 homes to the value of $330,000. Lights were upgraded with LED globes and most homes received draught sealing and insulation. Inefficient heaters, coolers and hot water services were replaced and hot water storage systems were insulated.
“I had my doors sealed and insulation placed in the roof. Now it stays warmer when days are cooler and it warms up quicker and holds the heat.” Has the insulation improved your comfort? “Oh totally. Yes, totally and utterly.”
In 2015 SECCCA staff also visited 150 homes twice each. These visits provide support and advice about energy use, costs, bills and actions the householders can take to manage the liveability of their home, their health, energy use and costs.
Has this study impacted your bills? One householder is a sprightly 93 years old and SECCCA discussed the idea of calling her energy retailer for a better deal. This resulted in her being offered 50% off energy and gas including the fixed costs for the first three months, and then 28% off electricity and 15% off gas for nine more months. She can then renegotiate her contract. She is delighted.
SECCCA has arranged and completed twelve community forums, each for groups of 5-10 householders. The forums provided an opportunity for householders to discuss their experiences, learnings and the actions they do to improve their energy use and costs.