About Power Savers

In early 2013, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) was successful in its application for grant funding to conduct the Power Savers Project (PSP) under the Federal Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP). This was one of 20 LIEEP trial projects throughout Australia, funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS).

The PSP took an innovative approach to reducing power bills in a number of key ways:

  • recruiting households through their trusted Union, United Voice
  • education and empowerment through a detailed home energy assessment
  • tailored support via rebates and/or provision of energy-saving products
  • ongoing tailored support over a 12-month period via information and advice
  • utilising peer networks and ‘Champions’ to recruit and support households
  • providing interpreters and translating materials when required
  • including a mix of tenants and home owners

The PSP presented an important opportunity to reach a new target demographic and to demonstrate an effective, replicable model for inspiring sustained energy savings for low-income households.

Power Savers has to date worked with over 1,000 households in Sydney, Hunter, central Coast and the Illawarra to get in control of their home energy bills.

Power Savers began as a trial research program to test innovative approaches to working with communities that were difficult to reach through traditional or mainstream communication methods, or that were experiencing major barriers to implementing energy efficiency in their homes.  Barriers such as time, finance and knowledge were addressed as far as possible, and any further barriers are being reported back to the federal government to inform future policy to influence thermal performance of existing dwellings for both homeowners and renters into the future.

This activity received funding from the Australian Government. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.