Important news: Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard, Energy Savvy Upgrades and Healthy Homes – roadmap for reopening
Currently suspended in-home activities for Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard, Energy Savvy Upgrades and Healthy Homes programs will recommence from 28 October in alignment with the government’s changes to restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne for businesses undertaking these types of activities in residential premises.
Consistent with government requirements, all businesses involved in these programs must have a COVIDSafe Plan. Employers engaged in providing in-home activities must have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan in place for each workplace/site and must adhere to these at all times.
The Industry Restart Guidelines Small-scale Construction FAQs allow these activities in occupied residential premises where is it possible to create a physical barrier between workers and occupants and/or the occupier can temporarily vacate the premises for duration of the works.
Guidance is being regularly updated and providers are encouraged to check the latest advice at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
New ways to fund home upgrades
There are some new ways to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home if you don’t have the funds up front. Some banks now offer lower interest rates if you are planning to upgrade your home or buy a new higher performing home. There is a double benefit, you get a home that is more comfortable, lower cost to run and you get a better interest rate. There is also a new home upgrade loan which can be paid off through your council rates called Environmental Upgrade Finance.
The Residential Efficiency Scorecard makes the process easy for both options. A Scorecard assessor uses the government supported Scorecard tool to see what upgrades bring the biggest benefits to save money on your energy bill. The assessor provides you with upgrade options to choose from and a Scorecard certificate that is used to help access the loan. Victoria is leading by opening the way to pay a home performance upgrade loan through your council rates. This can be a good option, especially if you may sell your home in a few years, as the loan is attached to the property. This means those that benefit from the upgrade pay for the upgrade.
New bank loans for energy efficient homes
New bank loans to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home are now available
Some banks now offer lower interest rates if you are planning to upgrade your home or build or buy a highly energy efficient home. This is a win win, you get a home that is more comfortable, with lower energy bills, and you get a better interest rate.
To download the fact sheets on the home loans click below:
- Low Energy Loans Fact Sheet (PDF, 437 KB)
- Low Energy Loans Fact Sheet (accessible document, Word, 2.59 MB)
See this media release for more information or search online for low (or clean) energy bank loans for homes.
Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more
Did you know that homes with higher energy ratings sell for more?
An article has been published on The Conversation by Daniel Daly, a research fellow at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (University of Wollongong) which covers research that shows how homes with higher energy ratings sell for more.
Scorecard 2019 Report
The Scorecard programme produces one of the largest datasets of home energy cost and comfort in Victorian homes.
A report has been released with the first analysis of this data, including summaries of home performance, programme benefits and outcomes.
Page last updated: 28/10/20