The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring vulnerable Victorians are protected from weather extremes, with a new program replacing inefficient old heaters in homes managed by community housing organisations.
Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio today announced a $12.6 million expansion of the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades program, that will see 8,400 community housing properties receive new energy efficient reverse cycle air-conditioners.
Registered community housing organisations can apply for a grant of up to $1500 to upgrade their tenants existing heating with the reverse cycle air-conditioners.
The upgrades will help community housing tenants save up to $300 each year on heating costs while keeping them warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
In addition, upgrading the properties with energy efficient reverse cycle air-conditioners will help Victoria’s transition to a clean energy economy by lowering carbon emissions.
Supporting energy upgrades in community housing is the latest step in the Labor Government’s $335 million Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades program, helping 250,000 low-income Victorian households transition to more efficient heating. This includes upgrades for 35,000 public, community and Aboriginal housing properties.
The program is part of the Government's $797 million Household Energy Savings Package that is helping Victorians cover the cost of their power bills and make homes more energy efficient.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio
“We’re making sure all Victorians can be part of our transition to a clean energy future, while ensuring people stay cool in summer and warm in winter.”
“Energy efficient appliances not only help lower carbon emissions they also help save hundreds of dollars in heating cost.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne
“This is about continuing to put vulnerable Victorians first and ensuring everyone has access to a secure and safe home.”
Reviewed 11 February 2022