Repower partner, Environment Victoria says amendments to Victoria’s Residential Tenancies Act passed this week set renters on a path to safer, warmer houses and lower energy bills. The legislation will allow the Victorian Government to set energy efficiency standards and ensure all rental properties meet basic energy efficiency benchmarks like insulation and draught-sealing.
“There is now no impediment for the next Victorian Government to introduce new energy efficiency standards to lower energy bills and cut climate pollution,” said Mark Wakeham, Environment Victoria Chief Executive Officer.
“The introduction of household energy efficiency standards could save tenants up to $850 a year on power bills and cut one million tonnes of carbon pollution every year.
“With home ownership increasingly out of reach for many low and middle-income Victorians rental houses must meet basic standards. We now expect that whoever wins the November election will set energy efficiency standards that protect tenants from rising power bills and give landlords a clear incentive to invest in energy saving measures,” said Mr Wakeham.