Hip pocket relief for renters through Labor’s energy efficiency plan 21 February 2024

Tas Labor

A Labor Government will take urgent action on the cost of living by making rental properties and social housing more energy efficient.

Tasmanian winters can be incredibly cold and we know many Tasmanian families are making difficult decisions on whether to heat their homes or put food on the table.

Today, I am joined by Leanne, who lives in a social housing home which has crying windows, mould issues and trouble retaining heat in winter.

In the past two years, power bills have gone up by 22.5 per cent despite the fact Tasmania owns the hydro and we produce power locally.

A Labor Government will help landlords make energy efficient upgrades to their rental properties by providing $1000 to 2,500 homes when the landlord provides a matched contribution.

All upgrades currently available under the Energy Saver Loan Scheme will be eligible.

We also know that urgent upgrades are needed to make our public and social housing more energy efficient and that is why we will invest $5 million to make these improvements across 2,500 homes.

Both initiatives will help upgrade glazing, lighting or hot water systems in homes, or allow for the installation of insulation or heat pumps.

Tasmanian Labor is serious about providing cost of living relief unlike the Liberal Government who has had 10 years to do the work and has failed to make an impact.

This commitment comes in addition to our commitment to making sure Tasmanians pay a Tasmanian price for Tasmanian power. Tasmanians built the Hydro, why should we pay mainland prices for power?

It’s time for a better future and the only way that will happen is to elect a Labor Government.

The details:

  • A Labor Government will provide an incentive program for landlords, with $1,000 available per home for energy efficiency upgrades when the landlord provides a matched contribution.
  • All upgrades currently accessible under the Energy Saver Loan Scheme will be eligible. The scheme will be capped at 2,500 homes, with a requirement the property remains in the long-term rental market, and not be converted into short-stay, for at least three years.
  • Labor in Government will also provide $5 million for energy efficiency upgrades to 2,500 public and social housing homes.
  • These upgrades are estimated to save households more than $4500 over 10 years.

Rebecca White

Tasmanian Labor Leader

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