Energy Saver Study

ESS Background


The Energy Saver Study was an initiative of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA).

The purpose of the study was to:

  • Identify effective strategies and ways to overcome barriers that may prevent householders across six south-east Melbourne local council areas from improving their energy efficiency, such as: little or no access to funding to improve their homes, access to information, energy awareness, the security of tenants’ leases
  • Trial and evaluate different approaches to assisting low-income households in becoming more energy efficient
  • Identify how these interventions (supporting householder with home improvements and/or to adopt new actions) impact on householders’ energy use, costs, comfort, health and well-being
  • Enable householders to better manage their energy use
  • Capture and analyse data and information to inform future energy efficiency policy and program approaches
  • Trial delivering an energy efficiency program to householders through local government Home and Community Care (HACC) Services
  • Test if this delivery partnership is effective


    • Assist low-income households to help manage the impacts of increasing energy prices and improve the health, social welfare and livelihood of low-income households.
    • Build the knowledge and capacity of consortium members to encourage long-term energy efficiency among their customers or clients.
  • Build capacity of Australia’s energy efficiency technology and equipment companies by maximising the opportunities for Australian industries to participate in the projects.


Aims & Desired Outcomes

Audit 320 Homes
Test the different interventions
Retrofit all 320 homes
Provide Evidence based advice

Study Funding

This activity received $4.4 million funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, with an additional $1.5 million of in-kind contributions from study partners. This study was one of 20 Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) projects. For more information about LIEEP go to

Final Report

The project’s Final Report is available for download below:

SECCCA LIEEP final report executive summary

SECCCA LIEEP final report part 1

SECCCA LIEEP final report part 2

SECCCA LIEEP final report part 3

SECCCA LIEEP final report part 4

Results & Evidence Based Advice

320 homes retrofitted
320 Homes Audited
320 homes reduced energy usage

Energy Saver Study

Start 2013   Finish 2016

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