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Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme
The EEIS requires electricity retailers in the ACT to meet energy saving targets and help households and businesses reduce emissions and energy costs. A Priority Household Target ensures that a proportion of the savings are delivered in low income households.The scheme was established under the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 and runs until the end of 2020.
The EEIS has achieved the following outcomes:
- Delivered over 1 million energy saving items to over 70,000 ACT households and businesses.
- Provided energy and cost savings to over 17,800 lower income, priority households.
- Avoided more than 739,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.
- Saved energy and costs through a range of different activities including:
- Light globe replacement
- Standby power controllers
- Draught seals installed under doors
- Ventilation sealing
- Removing old, inefficient refrigerators
- High efficiency instantaneous gas hot water systems
- High efficiency heating and cooling
- Commercial lighting upgrades
More information about the EEIS and amendments to the legislation can be found here.
ActewAGL is now offering EEIS-supported discounts to upgrade old, inefficient ducted gas systems to high efficiency systems. You could receive up to $4,000* off the purchase price for lower income, priority households and $3,000* off for other households*. The Energy Savings House Calls which provided free efficient LED lights, door seals and ventilation sealing ceased at the end of 2016.
ActewAGL’s Fridge Buyback scheme can also take away your old fridge or freezer, dispose of it responsibly and give eligible customers a $30 rebate on their next electricity bill.
*Offer is only available to ACT residents who upgrade an existing natural gas ducted heating system with a new 6-star high efficiency ducted natural gas system with eligible ductwork. Annual running costs/savings based on Sustainability Victoria’s running costs/savings for a 2-star 160m2 sized house in a cold climate adjusted for Canberra’s climate and ACT 2016/17 gas tariff of 2.6433 c/MJ, assuming that the thermostat is set between 18 - 20 degrees Celsius. Actual costs for your house will depend on the area heated, how long you run the heating for, your thermostat setting and how well your house is insulated. Offer is only available from approved retailers. Full terms and conditions are available at actewagl.com.au/gasupdate. ActewAGL Retail ABN 46 221 314 841 The Energy People Pty Ltd ABN 16 089 534 403 a partnership of Icon Retail Investments Ltd ABN 23 074 371 207 and AGL ACT Retail Investments Pty Ltd ABN 53 093 631 586.
Hugh Patton, Barton ACT
Retired ACT resident Hugh Patton is one of many who have participated in the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme through ActewAGL’s free LED Downlight Upgrade programme which launched in June 2015. We visited Hugh for his free installation and asked him a few questions. For everyone participating, this programme is a new way to save on annual electricity costs. Between June and September 2016, ActewAGL replaced nearly 390,000 halogen bulbs across the ACT.
Tell us about your experience in Canberra
I moved here for work in 1963 and since then have lived in several suburbs. Belconnen is still my favourite, but I like living close to the Lake now.
How conscious are you when it comes to saving energy?
I’m very conscious. In fact, I turn everything off when I’m not in the house. I like to use natural light as much as I can and only turn on my air-conditioning in Winter when I need it. For me, Winter is the most expensive period when it comes to electricity cost.
How do you find your new LED lights?
I quite like them. The globes produce a wider angle of light so it brightens up the space well. The light seems brighter than the faded halogens, too. I’m looking forward to seeing the reduction in my energy cost after installing these LED bulbs.
What did you think of your LED Downlight Upgrade experience?
I’m already sold! The globes are much more economical and I’ll be telling my family in Canberra to register for the program now that I’ve experienced it.
Tony Marburg, Chapman ACT
Retired builder and ACT resident Tony Marbury is one of many who have participated in the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme through ActewAGL’s free LED Downlight Upgrade Programme which launched in June 2015. ActewAGL visited Tony to replace 48 of his halogen bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs. For everyone participating, this programme is a new way to save on annual electricity costs. Between June and August 2015, ActewAGL replaced over 60,000 halogen bulbs across the ACT.
Tell us about your experience as a builder in Canberra
I’ve worked in Canberra for around 46 years and seen a lot of change. As a builder, I’ve seen the evolution of lighting and the growing popularity of halogen bulbs. Twenty years ago you had a light in the middle of the ceiling and that was it. Today most modern houses have 6 or more lights in each room and that can lead to problems with electricity usage. LED bulb replacement is a great way to save on lighting costs now.
Tell us about the history of your home
I built our original home in the 1970s but this was one of the houses affected in the 2003 fires. With the rebuild of the house we installed halogen bulbs, which have now been replaced with LED downlights.
What do you think of your new lights?
They’re great –much brighter and the angle of the beam is wider which means more light. Because of this I think they’re a much better lighting solution.