NT Shelter has joined with over 50 social, property, business, environment, local councils and research groups to call on Federal and State Governments to stimulate the economy with an energy efficient and solar, low-income housing installation boom.
Doing so would create tens of thousands of shovel ready jobs, cut energy bills for people on low incomes who will spend back into the economy, and reduce carbon emissions.
The call comes after the Federal Government’s Housing stimulus proposal failed to include measures for people most in need, instead focusing on high income earners undertaking expensive renovation without any related social or environmental benefits.
The National Low Income Energy Productivity Program (NLEPP) proposal includes four measures:
- Social housing – Federal and state/territory governments provide matching funds to invest in energy efficiency upgrades and solar PV installations for social housing.
- Low-income home owners – The Federal Government partner with state, local councils and community organisations to provide energy efficiency upgrades and solar PV installations for low-income owner occupiers.
- Inefficient rental properties – The Federal Government provide grants to landlords to support the upgrade of inefficient rental properties.
- Low-income appliance replacement offer – Governments provide subsidies for low-income households to replace inefficient appliances.