The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is calling for more energy efficiency spending on retro-fitting public housing stock:
“Already we know that people who live in public housing are over represented when it comes to difficulty paying energy bills. Allocating extra funds to improve energy efficiency across the Government’s 11 500 houses is a wise investment that will save money over the longer term.
“Around 75% of people who appear before ACAT because they can’t pay their energy bills come from public housing. It certainly doesn’t help if people on low incomes are placed in houses that are energy inefficient, and expensive to heat and cool.
“The Parliamentary Agreement measure will help protect people on a low income from rising energy bills by improving their houses so they are at least 3 stars for energy efficiency. Retrofitting public housing to have higher energy efficiency includes roof and ceiling insulation, draught seals and pelmets, and improved efficiency of hot water systems and heating appliances.