The Herald-Sun's Leader newspaper has reported that the State Government has been called to the financial aid of 1.9 million Victorians with homes that are not considered energy efficient. Environment Victoria is targetting Victorians whose homes have an energy efficiency rating of less than 2 stars and were built before 2005. On average electricity prices have increased 84 per cent in Victoria over the last 5 years.
'One Million Homes' co-ordinator Charlie Davie said that lower efficiency homes were costing Victorians plenty and that most older homes could enjoy 4 or 5 star energy efficiency ratings at reasonable cost with help from the government.
Mr Davie commented that: "Improving the performance of homes makes sense because it helps people deal with the rising cost of living, improves the comfort of our homes and takes a big chunk out of our greenhouse gas emissions at the same time."
Victorian single-parent Brett Hedger, was interviewed by the newspaper and commented that despite rugging up and working hard to save electricity and gas: "You can feel the cold coming round the windows and doors."
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