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Healthy Homes

Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) is very excited to be the delivery partner for the Victorian Healthy Homes program.

The research program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems and focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will then measure whether the improved warmth leads to better health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will also measure whether the upgrades help to reduce energy consumption in the homes.

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More solar for Moreland businesses

MEFL has been helping businesses across the City of Moreland save money on their energy bills by going solar. Including local business Otto and Spike who installed a 29.8kW system using Environmental Upgrade Financing. This is a new form of finance which enables local businesses to borrow money through Moreland City Council to fund environmental upgrades to their buildings. It provides businesses with access to low cost finance and enables them to spread repayments over an agreed period to ensure they are cash flow positive throughout.

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Positive Charge out and about

The Positive Charge team will be out and about over the next few weeks, delivering information sessions, a movie screening, an author talk and more. See below for details.

  • Thursday 15 Feb. Energy Efficiency, Coburg Library. Come along to learn some simple ways to save. Register here
  • Wednesday 21 Feb. Free Movie Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel. We’ll be showing Al Gore’s latest film about Climate Change, followed by a panel discussion. Register here

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Staff profile: Dez Daswani

I joined MEFL in January as the Project Coordinator for Healthy Homes. My main responsibility is to coordinate the home energy efficiency upgrades with delivery partners in selected households, within the Western Melbourne and Greater Shepparton regions.

I previously worked in the telecommunications sector, coordinating asset replacement projects of HVAC, fire and battery equipment in Telstra’s network sites. I  also have experience in customer service, data analysis and reporting. I volunteered and took a number of environmental sustainability courses at CERES prior to joining MEFL.

When I’m not working I…  go rock climbing and I have a keen interest in growing food in my backyard.

The best piece of sustainability advice I ever got is… to live a simple and minimalistic life.

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From the CEO

As we approach the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the amazing achievements in 2017. The list is long! Highlights include:

  • Expanding our organisation to NSW through Our Energy Future.
  • Commencing the EnergySmart program and another soon-to-be launched retrofit program for low-income households.  These programs will see us improve the comfort and efficiency of 2,500 homes across Victoria.
  • In partnership with Moreland City Council we are updating the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy for 2020 and designing the longer-term strategy for 2040.
  • Moreland saw its first EUA (environmental upgrade agreement) at Otto and Spike.
  • And our first Your Community Energy Project in partnership with Powershop at Milparinka was delivered.

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Cooling Communities outcomes

MEFL launched the findings from our Cooling Communities project last month. This project saw MEFL and Moreland City Council retrofit ten social housing properties in Moreland to improve understanding of the actions required to mitigate impacts of the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE). The project was funded through DELWP’s Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015.

Upgrades

Upgrade works included improvements to building fabric (insulation, draught proofing and external shading), natural cooling from trees and vegetation, and mechanical upgrades (fans and reverse-cycle air-conditioners).

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Power Changer

Electricity distributor Jemena is piloting a demand management program called Power Changer in Melbourne’s inner and northern suburbs. The program was launched in early December at Alphington Primary School.

MEFL is supporting Jemena by recruiting households to take part in this exciting trial. If successful the program will:

  • Reduce the strain on our electricity grid during peak weather events
  • Save households money on their bills
  • Raise money for local organisations like Fairfield Primary School, Alphington Primary School, Darebin Parklands and more.

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Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel

As part of the 2018 Sustainable Living Festival, MEFL and Climate Action Moreland will be screening Al Gore’s  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

In this follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, cameras follow the former US Vice President, as he continues his tireless mission to train activists and influence international climate policy around the world. This movie is a must-see for the unaware and inspiring viewing for those already striving to see global action on climate change.

Details

Date: Weds 21 February, 7pm

Venue: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St Coburg

Tickets are free.

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Staff profile: Philipp Koetting

Information Analyst

Philipp works in the Consulting team at MEFL where he is responsible for the coordination of organisational data and reporting processes.

Philipp has recently relocated from Laos and joined MEFL in October, bringing with him experience from across Asia and Europe. Prior to MEFL, he worked for an international consulting firm focusing on the assessment of green growth potential in developing countries and their transition to low carbon and sustainable economies. Prior, he worked for a non-government organization on a variety of projects which included improved solar energy, biogas, household air pollution, REDD+ measures and pico-hydro systems.

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