Albany residents will soon have access to expert advice on how to save energy in their homes.
Energy Minister Francis Logan today announced State Government funding of $50,000 to the Albany Community Environment Centre to teach and train its members to deliver talks to local residents on ways to save energy.
The funding would allow the centre to offer home energy audits, including free audits for healthcare-card holders. Five do-it-yourself energy audit kits would also be available from the Albany Public Library.
Mr Logan, who met members of the Albany Community Environment Centre yesterday, said the new program was a tremendous initiative with widespread benefits.
“It will give the community of Albany access to important, useful and practical energy efficiency advice that they can apply to their homes,” he said.
“By adopting energy efficiency practices in the home, householders can save money on their energy bills and protect the environment at the same time.”
Centre organiser Helen Knewstub thanked the State Government for supporting the program.
“We are looking forward to working with the community to reduce energy consumption without compromising lifestyles,” Ms Knewstub said.
The Minister also announced funding of $15,700 to EMET Consultants, of Busselton, to develop a household energy consumption model that would provide information on energy consumption in typical Western Australian homes.
“Household energy usage patterns have changed considerably over the past decade, due to increased living standards and technological advances in household appliances and equipment,” he said.
“This new research will indicate how much energy is used in homes and for what purpose and will allow us to identify ways to save energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.”
Funding for both projects has been provided from the Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO) Grants Program, which supports both community-based and research-and-development projects which promote, encourage and educate the public on sustainable energy use.
Mr Logan said the program was part of the State Government’s commitment to increasing the use of renewable energy and energy-efficient products and practices in WA.
More information about SEDO’s Grants Program is available at http://www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au
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