More and more Australians are living in sustainable homes that not only use much less energy and water, but are also comfortable, healthy and affordable to live in.
But many more live in inefficient homes that are cold and damp in winter, dangerously hot in summer or cost a fortune in bills to keep at a healthy temperature. Energy waste also adds to Australia’s carbon emissions, while climate change impacts such as heatwaves will increasingly expose vulnerable people living in poor quality housing to serious health risks.
Many Australians are held back from taking individual action because they don’t realise their home could be better, don’t know where to get reliable advice, can’t afford the upfront costs, face language or cultural barriers, or they rent their home. Only government action to address these barriers will ensure the benefits of sustainable homes are shared by everyone.
Renew is leading a national coalition of community, consumer and environment groups calling for action to raise the energy and water performance of all Australian homes – new and existing.
Victoria’s plan for rental energy standards puts it ahead of the rest of the country and makes it a model for others to follow.Read more