Annual energy bills cut by about $800,000

Community housing tenants across 1,400 SGCH (St George Community Housing) properties will see their energy bills collectively slashed by about $800,000 a year once a $5.4 million energy upgrade is complete, Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced today.

Solar panels on domestic rooftop

The NSW Government and SGCH will each invest $2.7 million in a joint pilot project to improve energy efficiency across 1,400 SGCH households in metropolitan Sydney.

The upgrades will include new rooftop solar panels, installing ceiling insulation, replacing electric water heaters with heat pump systems, installing LED lights and introducing sustainable improvements to new building projects.

“These upgrades will relieve some of the cost of living pressure people are feeling. We expect the upgrades to collectively reduce energy bills across the 1,400 properties by about $800,000 every year. That’s an average of $570 dollars per property that tenants won’t be spending on their energy bills each year, and can spend supporting their families,” Mr Speakman said.

The project is part of the Government’s $26.8 million Home Energy Action program, designed to introduce energy efficiency improvements to low-income households across the state. The project will also contribute towards the Government’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan goal to save 16,000 gigawatt hours of energy a year by 2020.

SGCH Group Chief Executive Officer Scott Langford said he was very excited the NSW Government and SGCH were working in partnership to ensure tenants who were vulnerable to rising energy costs could benefit from savings now and in the future.

“The dollar savings our tenants will see from these energy efficient improvements will make a real difference not only to their energy bills but also their health and wellbeing,” Mr Langford said.

Kirrawee tenant Pauline McKelvey said she was looking forward to saving money on her energy bills.

“Savings are always welcome for people on low incomes but what is also important to me is that everyone gets behind supporting our environment. It’s exciting to hear about the new energy efficient measures,” Ms KcKelvey said.

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