All Queenslanders deserve to be able to afford to turn on the lights, have a hot shower and stay comfortable in their home during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, we know many people across Queensland struggle to pay their energy bills and around 28,000 households per year are disconnected for not paying their bills.
QCOSS is joining forces with ACOSS and 38 other organisations to actively pushing for energy efficiency improvements to help low-income households, including renters, improve the quality of their homes, reduce their energy bills and cut carbon emissions. Collectively, we will push for energy efficiency improvements to existing homes across the country as part of the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings – a topic which will be debated and decided upon by all federal and state energy ministers at the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council meeting on 22 November 2019.
QCOSS has written to the Honourable Anthony Lynham MP, Minister for Natural Resources Mines and Energy, to encourage him to voice strong support for measures that will give low income Queenslanders, including renters in private and social housing, access to lower energy bills by improving the quality of their homes.
If you are interested in being involved or learning more about this work, please contact Senior Policy Officer Luke Reade.