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(4) The timeframe for the claim period of 6 months has a dual purpose, firstly to allow enough time for the resident to complete the infrastructure changes and secondly for budget control. This timeframe also allows funds to be acquitted after the program has closed.

Environment—energy and water efficiency outreach program
(Question No 2328)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 3 May 2012:

(1) In relation to the Energy and Water Efficiency Outreach Program, can the Minister provide a breakdown of (a) how many households have been involved in the program annually since its commencement and (b) involvement in the program by household type of (i) privately owned homes, (ii) private rentals and (iii) ACT housing.

(2) Are there waiting lists associated with the Program and what is the size of the waiting lists.

(3) What sorts of measures are most frequently implemented through the Program.

(4) How many staff hours are required to deliver the Program.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1a) 1015 households have been involved in the Outreach Energy and Water Efficiency Program within the first year of commencement (as at 31 March 2012, not including the Outreach trial)

(1b) Number in each household type:

i. 116 privately owned homes

ii. 70 private rentals

iii. 822 ACT housing

iv. 7 not specified

(2) Yes, there are 124 households on the waiting list. These clients are waiting for a home visit by an Energy Efficiency Officer from one of the five community organisations who deliver the Outreach Program. This is a capacity issue because of the high demand for the program and the limit to the number of people that these Energy Efficiency Officers can visit in a week.

(3) The measures most frequently implemented through the program are:

replacing old inefficient appliances with new energy and water efficient appliances. Refrigerators and washing machines are the most frequently replaced appliances.

Home energy and water efficiency assessments and education sessions

Energy and water efficiency retrofits. Draught proofing and window treatments are the most common retrofit measures.

(4) A total of three FTEs are required to deliver the Program

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