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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

6 December 2006

Energy efficiency opportunities boosted in remote WA

Households and businesses in remote parts of Western Australia will be given incentives to take up energy efficient products and actions.

Announcing up to $5 million Australian Government funding for the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today said the rebates could make an enormous difference to people’s home comfort levels, their energy bills and the environment.

“Rebates for energy efficient fridges and freezers, refrigerative air conditioners and controllers for high energy consuming equipment will encourage people to think about the additional benefits of low energy use, including saving on energy bills over the life-time of the product,” Senator Campbell said.

“Installing ceiling insulation can also attract a rebate. Good ceiling insulation not only saves energy, it is a critical comfort factor in many homes and a simple action for people to take to make their homes more comfortable in hot weather.

“The easiest way for people to save money, save energy and save greenhouse gas emissions, however, is to use the four free compact fluorescent light bulbs that will be offered to each household. These bulbs use far less electricity and last much longer than normal bulbs. They are a plus for the pocket and the environment.

“Energy audits will help businesses and other organisations identify how they can best save energy and make their workplaces more comfortable,” Senator Campbell said.

“Electricity supplies in off-grid areas are not always sufficient or of high quality. Saving electricity by using low energy appliances and light bulbs and by improving insulation will have an immediate effect on electricity use and supply to these areas. It’s a solution that provides benefits to the whole of the community.”

The four-year Regional Energy Efficiency Programme applies to people living outside the southwest electricity grid, including the towns of Carnarvon, Broome and Esperance. It is expected to provide annual savings of:

The Australian Government funding is provided through the Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme. It provides financial support to increase the use of renewable generation and energy efficiency technologies in remote parts of Australia that presently rely on fossil fuel for electricity generation. More than 5000 rebates have been provided so far with estimated savings of more than 27 million litres of diesel per year.

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