Take the Heat Off: The Benefits of Home Energy Efficiency

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Induction stoves are substantially more energy efficient than gas cooking, and don’t expose residents to harm from fumes.

A home’s energy efficiency affects how much power it uses for things like heating and cooling. The better the energy efficiency, the less power being used for the same tasks. Australian homes are lagging behind on energy efficiency measures. We use huge amounts of energy to stay comfortable and use our appliances. This not only contributes to climate change, but results in expensive energy bills. 

In fact, our Tents to Castles: Building energy efficient, cost saving Aussie homes report found that switching to a 7-Star, all-electric house in any capital city in Australia would save occupants on average $450 per year on heating and cooling costs compared to the current building standard of 6-Stars.

State and territory governments are well placed to make strategic investments in energy efficiency that would contribute to improved living standards for all. Some of the major benefits of state and territory governments investing in delivering healthier, more comfortable homes include: 

Reducing bills for residents

Improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs

Increasing resilience of the electricity system

Creating high-quality jobs in the building sector

Improving social equity and reducing homelessness

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 

From saving money to saving the planet, energy efficiency in the home is a win-win for all involved. Climate Council is calling on all state and territory governments to urgently improve energy efficiency standards, fix outdated legislation and make investments that help households make the switch to a more sustainable and comfortable future

You can learn more about Australia’s opportunity for energy efficiency in our article “FROM GLORIFIED TENTS TO RENEWABLE POWERHOUSES: AUSTRALIA’S OPPORTUNITY FOR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY”. For some tips around personal home energy efficiency, you can read our article “HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS: SAVE MONEY AND EMISSIONS”.