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Energy Saver Study on Radio

Published June 16, 2016 | By Janet Armstrong

Radio personality Jon Faine and SECCCA’s EO Greg Hunt discuss how the Energy Saver Study project proves positive changes can be made to assist householders with their energy usage and comfort in their homes. Vulnerable householders were the focus of the project, but the findings can be rolled out in all homes.

Energy Saver Study gets results!

Published May 19, 2016 | By Janet Armstrong

The SECCCA Low Income Energy Efficiency (LIEEP) Energy Saver Study (ESS) has provided its final report to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS). The three-year study has trialled a range of approaches to support 320 low-income households in six of SECCCA’s member councils to improve their energy costs and efficiency, comfort, health and … Continue reading Energy Saver Study gets results!

SECCCA Salutes the Energy Saver Study Team

Published April 19, 2016 | By Janet Armstrong

   The ESS team at their ‘End of Project’ beach get-together. Back row (L-R): Carol Nouwens (Cardinia), Thelma Wakelam (Casey), Andrew Cooper (Research and Training Officer), Lianne Paine (Bayside), Brian Sharpley (Project Evaluator), Adam Shalekoff (Project Coordinator) Front row: Michelle Wright (Morn Pen), Wendy Davis (Bass Coast), Jess Ablett (Baw Baw), Lucy Allinson (Team Leader). … Continue reading SECCCA Salutes the Energy Saver Study Team

Save it for the Game

Published January 28, 2016 | By Janet Armstrong

  Clubs are winning with SECCCA’s Save it for the Game program “We took your advice and rang AGL. We were able to get 34% discount and $100 credit, so I estimate that we will save in the vicinity of $800 per year.” This was a club that had already made some energy saving changes, yet SECCCA … Continue reading Save it for the Game

Financial Risk Adaptation Planning

Published December 15, 2015 | By Janet Armstrong

Councils launch business cases to respond to climate change financial risk. The launch of SECCCA’s FRAP program at the DELWP offices recently showcased the variety and relevance of projects to councils. Now the results need to be reviewed and recommendations implemented. Bushfires, floods, heatwaves and severe weather events all place significant pressure on Council resources, … Continue reading Financial Risk Adaptation Planning

Energy Saver Study

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 … Continue reading Energy Saver Study

Save it for the Game

Published November 10, 2015 | By Janet Armstrong

  The original Save it for the Game project ran until mid-2015. Since then, we have been running a pilot program with an additional 55 clubs in four of our member councils: Bayside, Cardinia, Casey and Kingston. Report delivery has begun to the clubs involved in the pilot, and initial results are very positive. As … Continue reading Save it for the Game

Becoming an Eco Driver – Greg Hunt

Published August 5, 2015 | By SECCCA

Ok, I admit that I can be an impatient driver at times, but (touch wood) I don’t have accidents, I get to my destination safely and my passengers don’t have white knuckles. I also work in the environment sector with a work program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, wherever we find them.

Top five ways to talk about Solar – MEFL’s suggestions

Published April 10, 2015 | By SECCCA

Many of us with solar systems on our roofs understand that it is a great thing to do. Not only does it save money but also reduces our dependence on fossil fuels for our energy and helps slow down the effects of climate change. However, talking about solar with friends, neighbours and family can sometimes feel like a dinner-party topic we are supposed to be avoiding – like politics and religion!

As shepherds watched, it got hotter and hotter

Published December 24, 2014 | By SECCCA

Human health – and that of other animals and even plants – is likely to become an ever more pressing public issue as temperatures rise with global warming, cities grow and populations age.