Reduce 1/3: Energy Efficiency
Most emissions in Benalla (82%) come from electricity use in residential homes (27%) and industrial and commercial (55%) businesses. This equates to approximately $26 million per year in electricity costs to the community. Much of this expense is wasted in drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems. By reducing these losses through energy efficiency upgrades, Benalla can save money and provide more comfortable homes and businesses.
REB is concerned to improve the energy efficiency of buildings to reduce energy demand and energy bills.
Coaching and Mentoring: Occurs at an informal level, however Totally Renewable Yackandandah's Energy Coaching Service is a model which could be introduced in Benalla. TRY's Energy Coaches visit homes to consider ways to;
Workshops: Halted by Covid in 2020 and in 2021, In 2018 and 2019 REB members presented a series of workshops 'Reduce Energy Bills and Increase Thermal Comfort' focused on improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings, making them more comfortable and reducing energy bills.
Covid willing, the following free 2-hour workshops on how to reduce energy bills and increase the thermal comfort of your home to organisations will be able to be offered in future:
Workshop 1 Understanding energy bills and getting the best rate
Workshop 2 Draught Proofing & Insulation
Workshop 3 Lighting & Windows
Workshop 4 Efficient Hot Water Systems, Heating and Cooling
Workshop 5 Appliances & Cooking; Transitioning from Gas
Workshop 6 Energy Monitoring, Solar Power & Batteries
BZE’s Energy Freedom Home, a resource that provides nine key steps to create more comfortable homes and buildings for lower ongoing running costs, along with resources listed in the right hand column, underpins REB's interventions to increase building efficiency. Sustainability Victoria's video 'Energy Efficiency at Home' is also highly recommended:
Renters Guide to Sustainable Living (download free copy)
Victorian Energy Saver (Vic gov)