REB's Building and Energy Efficiency Action Group is working on improving energy efficiency of buildings to reduce energy demand and energy bills.
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 Much of this expense is wasted in drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems.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.
The 'Reduce 1/3' Efficiency group has designed a series of workshops 'Wipe Out Gas and Electricity Bills' focused on improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings, making them more comfortable and reducing energy bills. The workshops aim to assist local residents understand how building retrofits can reduce the energy demand and cost of heating and cooling homes.
Session 1 Tuesday 22 May Overview of the efficiency program, and how it relates to the REB Net Zero Stationary Energy Project. A major emphasis was on assisting people to establish a baseline energy profile and understand their bill and meter.
Session 2 Tuesday 26 June Lighting, Draught Proofing and Insulation.
Session 3 will now be on Tuesday 21 August at 7.00pm-9.00pm and will provide additional information on Lighting, Draft Proofing and Insulation as we realise that these topics were not dealt with in sufficient detail at the last session.
Session 4 will be on Wednesday September 26 from 7.00pm-9.00pm and will provide information on Windows, Hot Water and Heating & Cooling.
The remaining topics, Appliances and Cooking, Energy Monitoring & Control and Solar Power, may be dealt with in a 5th session either later this year or early in 2019.
RSVP Sunday before session, Phone/SMS Peter 0418 135 330
Or submit details via our Contact Form. Include Session Number in Comments,
The workshops are held at the Benalla Gliding Club from 7 until 9 pm
BZE’s Energy Freedom Home, a resource that provides nine key steps to create more comfortable homes and buildings for lower ongoing running costs, is integral to the workshop series, along with resources listed in the right hand column. Sustainability Victoria's video 'Energy Efficiency at Home' is also highly recommended:
Efficiency Group Members
Renters Guide to Sustainable Living (download free copy)
Victorian Energy Saver (Vic gov)