The program will replace inefficient electric water heaters, electric heaters and deliver tailored thermal upgrades to 1,500 public housing properties from July 2017. There is a significant focus on delivering these upgrades to regional Victoria.
Meet our team of international students! They are from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, USA, and are working with us on a research project into the all-electric home. They have completed background research about several aspects of making the transition, collected homeowner input, and created materials to help Positive Charge assist homeowners in taking action and making the transition. There is more information about the project on the Posivite Charge website.
For low-income households, managing energy costs can be critical to avoiding severe financial hardship. In-home display units that show energy usage in detail can help these households improve their energy efficiency and lower their costs, according to new report from the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS).
The report is titled Making Energy Visible: Using smart meters and in-home display units to improve energy efficiency for people facing disadvantage.
The report makes the following points about the current situation for low-income households: