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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Making cents from energy efficiency this Sustainable House Day

Media release
11 September 2008

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Sustainable House Day this weekend will provide Australians with an opportunity to see first hand how they can save energy, money and tackle carbon pollution by making changes around the house, Environment Minister Peter Garrett said today.

Mr Garrett said more than 100 homes would be open across the country, showcasing the latest in practical and cost-effective energy and water efficient technology.

"Making changes around the home, like switching to energy efficient light globes, installing more efficient appliances, glazing, insulation and hot water systems, can make a real difference to your hip pocket and the amount of carbon pollution your home contributes.

"Featuring both new and renovated properties retrofitted with the latest technology, Sustainable House Day has something for everyone -whether you're looking to build a new house or improve your existing home.

"The Australian Government has already committed more than $1 billion to a range of programs designed to help householders and the community improve energy and water efficiency.

"This includes the $300 million Green Loans scheme which will commence next year, the Low-Emission Plan for Renters, which will provide rebates for landlords to install energy-efficient insulation in rental homes and the National Solar Schools Program for which over 1750 schools have already registered for grants of up to $50,000.

"We'll also be detailing further measures, informed by the outcomes of roundtables I've recently held around the country, in the transition to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme to help households take practical action to reduce energy usage, save on energy bills and made a real contribution to tackling climate change.

"Until now, national energy efficiency policy has been fragmented and uncoordinated with International Energy Agency indicators showing Australia's improvements in energy efficiency between 1990 and 2005 lagged well behind other OECD countries. We will redress the neglect of the last twelve years and help all Australians contribute to tackling climate change."

A list of the houses, schools and businesses that will be open on the 13th and 14th of September 2008 is available at 

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