The SECCCA Energy Saver Study engaged and assisted 320 eligible households in Melbourne’s south-east area to reduce their energy use and associated costs while increasing comfort and health.
The study delivered improved energy efficiency equipment, training and practices to participating householders.
The study was launched in July 2013 and was delivered in 3 stages. The first stage included householder recruitment, energy audits of houses and installation of energy monitoring equipment. This stage was completed by late 2014. The second stage commenced in early 2015 with the upgrading of some homes plus the provision of energy efficiency information to householders. The third and final stage was completed by the end of 2015 and involved monitoring energy use in the participating homes to determine the respective benefits of retrofits compared with behavior change.
We found that by doing both – retrofits and behaviour change – an improvement of 10% in energy efficient could be delivered, just retrofitting delivered a benefit of ~ 7% while behaviour change only delivered no benefit of statistical significance in the time allowed. Most people it seems are already doing many of the actions that reduce energy use. Details of these actions can be found in the training manual House in Order.
Surprising results however, were the very strong benefits in improving health, reducing climate risk and overcoming social isolation. These are discussed in some detail in the paper Winning the liveability trifecta presented at the Liveability Conference held in Melbourne in June 2016.
The third stage took place in 2016. During the third stage, energy consumption data collected from participant households prior to and after energy interventions was compared. This comparison identified the actions that most effectively improved energy efficiency in the participating households.
This activity is funded by the Department of Industry as part of the Australian Government’s targeted energy efficiency initiatives.
The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.
To visit the project website go to: http://energysaver.seccca.org.au/
Download the Executive Summary here: SECCCA LIEEP final report executive summary
Download the House in Order manual for energy saving tips that you can follow in your house: House In Order Training Manual