ENERGY EFFICIENT UPGRADES REDUCE COSTS FOR SOCIAL HOUSING IN THE CENTRAL WEST

A $108,000 investment by the NSW Government into the Home Energy Action (HEA) Partnership with Housing Plus in the Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee districts has resulted in 61 social housing properties benefiting from energy efficiency upgrades.

The funding is part of a larger $118.3 million energy affordability package announced by the Premier late last year.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said that with matched funding from Housing Plus, the project would reduce energy costs as well as improve the daily lives of those people living in social housing.

“Selected properties have had split system air conditioners installed to replace poorer performing radiant heaters,” Mr Toole said.

“A further 10 properties at Millthorpe have received solar PV systems.

“This will support the efforts of Housing Plus to reduce fuel poverty amongst its customers and lower the householder energy bill by $200 a year.

“At the same time the project contributes to the NSW Government’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan goal for households and businesses to save 16,000 gigawatt hours of energy a year by 2020.”

The upgrades began in February last year and were completed by June this year.

Housing Plus is a progressive social enterprise that re-invests all profits into improving social outcomes for individuals and communities in regional NSW.