AEF is currently delivering the Victorian Healthy Homes program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria. The program will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems. The program will focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will then measure whether the improved warmth leads to better health and wellbeing outcomes and reduced energy consumption.
Upgrades of draught proofing, heating or insulation will be provided to 800 homes in the western suburbs of Melbourne and 200 in the Goulburn Valley region of northern Victoria. AEF is working with delivery partners including Uniting Kildonan to deliver home visits and energy assessment scorecards and to manage the process of installing the new items.
Alison Rowe, CEO of the Australian Energy Foundation said, “we are thrilled to be working with Sustainability Victoria on this important project. We’re particularly pleased to be able to work with the most vulnerable households in our community to deliver what we hope will lead to significantly improved health outcomes and reduced energy poverty.”