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 Much of this expense is wasted in drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems.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. In 2018 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. These sessions will be repeated again in 2019 and in following years to help achieve the goal of reducing energy demand by one third over ten years.
Renewable Energy Benalla is conducting a series of free workshops on how to reduce energy bills and increase the thermal comfort of your home.
August 5 Understanding energy bills and getting the best rate
August 19 Draught Proofing & Insulation
September 2 Lighting & Windows
September 16 Efficient Hot Water Systems, Heating and Cooling
September 30 Appliances & Cooking; Transitioning from Gas
October 14 Energy Monitoring, Solar Power & Batteries
These free workshops will be conducted in the meeting rooms at the Uniting Church in Carrier Street, Benalla, (opposite the Coles car park), from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
While attending all the workshops would provide the major benefit, some people may wish to only attend some of the sessions.
It is important to register to attend these workshops by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the workshops you wish to attend or phone/SMS Peter on 0418 135 330.
BZE’s Energy Freedom Home, a resource that provides nine key steps to create more comfortable homes and buildings for lower ongoing running costs, was underpinned the workshop series, along with resources listed in the right hand column.
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)