Uni students encouraged to plug into Power Savings for Tenants Wed 10 October 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Human Services The Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O'Connor, today encouraged University students to take advantage of a program aimed at delivering energy savings for low-income Tasmanians living in private rental accommodation. Already, around 800 applications have been received for the Power Savings for Tenants program, which gives tenants on low incomes the chance to learn about how to reduce their household energy consumption, as well as providing minor upgrades to increase energy efficiency. "Uni students living out of home know all too well the importance of making the most of every dollar, and Power Savings for Tenants is an ideal way to help them deliver good outcomes for the environment, while easing cost of living pressures," she said. "Students who take part will learn energy saving behaviours that they can apply throughout their lives, so this program sets them up for the future." Ms O'Connor said Power Savings for Tenants program is being delivered by Sustainable Living Tasmania as an initiative under the Government's Action Plan to Reduce Emissions. "This $900 000 program provides eligible households with a home energy assessment, minor upgrades and a personalised power savings plan," Ms O'Connor said. "We have received excellent feedback from tenants who have already taken part in the program. "They are reporting not only improved energy efficiency, but also a warmer and more comfortable home. In some cases, tenants have also reported improvement in chronic respiratory health conditions such as asthma. "The first survey results are revealing that tenants are able to save over $300 a year on their energy bills as a result of the energy assessments and minor upgrades." The program is expected to reach up to 900 properties across the State. Applications will close at the end of October 2012, with the final in-home energy assessments expected to be completed by the end of the year. Tenants in public housing will also receive energy efficiency upgrade through a $6 million program to be delivered by Housing Tasmania in 2012-13 and 2013-14. For more information, or to apply for the Power Savings for Tenants program visit www.sustainablelivingtasmania.org.au/pst.