Millions slashed from electricity bill


The recent DHHS Annual Report contains a wealth of information and news about public housing.

For example, recent figures show that tenants in high rise tower estates are doing their bit to save energy in response to climate change.

As an added benefit, Victorian taxpayers are saving millions of dollars.

Between 2012/13 and 2014/15 electricity consumption in high rise towers has dropped by over 4%.

Natural gas use has also declined.

DHHS report that social housing energy procurement costs have reduced by $1,294,000 in 2013/14 and $2,294,000 in 2014/15.

These savings mean that more money is available for maintenance of our existing public housing stock and for constructing new homes for those in need.

It is also a win for the planet because stationary energy (mainly electricity generation) is responsible for about half of Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution.