- The upgrades are coming from a parntership between State and Federal Governments.
- $8.3M from the Federal Government was matched by the Tasmanian Government.
- Circa 11% of the state's social housing properties will see upgrades and improvements.
Over 1,600 Tasmanian households are set to benefit from a Federal and State Government partnership that will deliver energy upgrades for social housing properties.
The cost of living savings is expected to be significant, as many of the social housing properties are some of Australia’s most inefficient – particularly being built over 20 years ago, before certain build and energy standards came into effect.
“We’re delighted to invest in household energy upgrades that will help make power bills more affordable for more than 1,600 social housing properties across Tasmania,” said Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen.
Known as the Homes Tasmania Energy Efficiency Program, Tasmanian social homes are set to see upgrades such as:
- Heat pump hot water systems,
- Draught proofing,
- LED lighting, and
- Window glazing.
Some 11% of the state’s social housing properties are expected to see some upgrades under the program.
“These energy efficiency initiatives will not only extend the life of public housing assets but also enhance the living conditions, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for residents,” said Tasmanian Minister for Housing and Construction, Nic Street.
The investment is part of the Albanese Government’s $1.7 billion Energy Savings Package, $300 million of which is helping to fund upgrades for up to 60,000 social housing properties across the country.
“Today’s announcement comes on top of our Energy Bill Relief Fund, which is supporting around 143,000 Tasmanian residents with average savings of $500 off their bills,” said Minister Bowen.
Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Jenny McAllister, said the upgrades and electrification will go a long way to help tenants save on power bills, particularly throughout the cold Tasmanian winters.
“Energy efficiency upgrades will help households save money, save energy, and make homes more comfortable each and every year,” said the Assistant Minister.
“I welcome the Australian Government’s $8.3 million partnership, matching the Rockliff Liberal Government’s investment of $8.3 million which will provide better outcomes for Tasmanians,” said Minister Street.