FedUni contributes to energy efficiency program

Federation University Australia has been selected to provide important research services to the Glenelg SAVES program, a grant recipient of the Commonwealth Government's Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP).

"The aim of this project is to enable carers and their clients to increase energy efficiency in their own homes, reduce energy bills and also improve home comfort," David Lynch, Chief Investigator, Federation University Australia, said.

"Glenelg SAVES has already provided over 20 Home and Community Care (HACC) staff with home energy assessment training that they have used to improve the energy efficiency of both their own homes and that of their clients.

"The response to Glenelg SAVES has been very encouraging with over 300 HACC clients deciding to join the program."

LIEEP has been set up to test and evaluate many different approaches in various locations across Australia designed to help low income households become more energy efficient.

The program has also been designed to capture and analyse data and information to inform energy efficiency policy and future program approaches.

Glenelg SAVES was launched in February 2014 and is being co-ordinated through the Glenelg Shire Council's HACC department.

The Glenelg SAVES project includes a formal consortium, consisting of the Glenelg Shire Council, Federation University Australia and the Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership (Western District Health Service).

Glenelg SAVES is targeted at the Glenelg Shire Council's HACC staff and clients.

As part of the Glenelg SAVES consortium, with Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership (Western District Health Service) and the Glenelg Shire Council, Federation University Australia is the program's research partner.

Federation University Australia's main role is to evaluate the program's effectiveness and better understand the influence of such energy efficiency programs on energy use behaviour.

Research services have been delivered by staff from our Centre for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness (CRIC), National Centre for Sustainability (NCS) and Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO).

"Overall project management has been provided by the Western District Health Service with support from the Glenelg Shire," David Lynch said.

"Final reporting will be completed by March 2016, and all participants will be able to access the information that comes from the project.

"This activity received funding from the Australian Government."

For further information about this study please contact David Lynch on 03 5327 9487 or atd.lynch@federation.edu.au

The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.