Government unveils $8 million pilot to reduce energy bills and emissions

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The NSW Government announced an $8 million pilot program to trial novel approaches to decarbonise homes across three NSW communities to reduce energy bills and emissions.

Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean stated that the decreasing cost of renewable technology such as rooftop solar, batteries, and heat pumps are making it easier for homeowners to save money on their energy bills while minimising their carbon footprint.

“Households can save hundreds of dollars on their energy bills by upgrading to new, energy-efficient appliances or installing rooftop solar, making it more cost-effective to live in a 0 emissions home,” Minister Kean said.

According to Minister Kean, the trial will look for the best solutions to save money on energy bills for families by installing zero-emission appliances and technologies.

“This is all about using the latest technology to give people more control of their energy bills, while contributing to NSW’s target to reduce emissions by 70% by 2035,” Minister Kean added.

The State Government will conduct a competitive process to work with the business sector to explore cost-effective methods of upgrading to zero-emission houses in urban, regional, and remote communities.

Minister Kean stated that all homes were unique, from stand-alone homes in the countryside to apartment blocks in cities, making it critical to test the cheapest suite of zero-emission technology across many areas.

The pilot program will start in the second half of 2023 and will be open to homes in the selected communities voluntarily.