This report highlights the considerable barriers for renters seeking to reduce energy costs and usage.
As the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) considers energy market reform and grapples with housing affordability, a new Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) report seeks to highlight the considerable barriers for renters seeking to reduce energy costs and usage.
The ‘Choice and Control?’ report finds the combination of climbing energy costs and rapidly changing technology is putting renters at an increasing disadvantage.
This is becoming a critical issue due to changes in the housing market as more people are renting than ever before, renting is becoming a longer-term option and the nature of renters is changing – from young, single people to families and older people.
QCOSS has made a number of recommendations, including implementing a disclosure scheme that enables renters to compare the energy performance rating of different rental properties and introducing minimum energy standards for existing social and private rental housing.
Read the full report PDF version here.
Read the full report WORD verion here.