Worried about rising energy bills? CSIRO can help
Ms Peta Ashworth, leader of CSIRO’s Science into Society Group and co-author of The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook said CSIRO is helping people to take control of their power bills.
“Our mantra is that small changes make a difference! Just by turning down your hot water thermostat by one degree you can cover the cost of your bread and milk for the week.
“Many of our volunteers make some great savings by learning how to use energy better, even a 10 per cent saving can make a real difference to their household budget and can mean the difference between being able to pay or not pay the bill,” Ms Ashworth said.
“Many of our volunteers make some great savings by learning how to use energy better, even a 10 per cent saving can make a real difference to their household budget”
Ms Peta Ashworth
There are two ways the Melbourne and Brisbane communities can get involved.
If you have a low income and struggle to pay your electricity and gas bills you can join a community based program called CSIRO EnergySavers.
Groups get together five times over six months in a local venue, such as a library or school, and work through CSIRO magazines filled with tips, watch a video and chat over a cup of tea. It’s a friendly, useful meeting that really will make a difference to the way people use energy.
The second way to get involved is to join CSIRO’s Home Energy Project and receive a free home energy audit. It only takes a couple of hours and is designed for those living in a new home, less than nine years old.
Both programs are free and CSIRO provides practical, easy advice that anyone can follow.
CSIRO EnergySavers and the Home Energy Project are supported by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
- Images available at: Energy saving handbook