Creating comfortable and energy efficient homes for low-income Canberrans


The ACT Government has today announced the inclusion of ceiling insulation rebates in the Home Energy Support Program and launched a pilot scheme to help Canberrans with chronic health conditions live more comfortably.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said the government is committed to supporting low-income households and Canberrans with chronic health conditions to have more comfortable and energy efficient homes.

"We are in the middle of an inequality crisis. This program will assist those doing it tough by helping Canberrans on lower incomes to increase the energy efficiency of their home, reducing energy bills whilst also reducing emissions,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“All Canberrans deserve a warm home in winter and cool house in summer. It’s critical that we continue to prioritise our support to those who need it most as we make the transition to an efficient and all-electric city,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“Heating and cooling makes up 60% of an average Canberra household’s energy use. Installing insulation in your home is one of the most cost-effective home improvements Canberrans can make to reduce their energy bills.

“Eligible low-income households were previously able to access a $2500 rebate under the Home Energy Support Program to install efficient electric appliances. This has been expanded to also include ceiling insulation as an eligible product for the rebate to help Canberrans on lower incomes boost the energy efficiency of their home.

The government has also commenced the Chronic Health Conditions Pilot Program which will offer up to $10,000 to help Canberrans with chronic health conditions install electric appliances and ceiling insulation.

Pilot participants will be identified through referrals from health or low-income support not-for-profit organisations. The pilot will upgrade 20 homes by the end of the year, with plans to expand the program in the future.

“This pilot will make a big difference for those members of our community who live with chronic health conditions that effect their ability to regulate body temperature. Having a comfortable home that supports wellbeing year round is important for everyone, and particularly important for those with chronic health conditions.

The Home Energy Support Program and Chronic Health Conditions Pilot Program are part of a $50 million government commitment over four years to improve building efficiency and sustainability for social and public housing, low-income owner occupiers and low performing rental properties.

Eligible homeowners who can apply for a rebate include Pension Concession Card holders and Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Card holders.

For more information and to check your eligibility, visit the Everyday Climate Choices website

The following can be attributed to Gemma Killen, Head of Policy at ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS):

“It is important that low-income and vulnerable households don’t get left behind in our path to electrification. Expanding programs and rebate offerings will help overcome barriers to having an energy efficient, and comfortable, home.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the ACT Government to provide insight into new ways to support the Canberra community in a just transition.”