Funding open for smart energy use

Three new Commonwealth Government energy programs designed to encourage efficient energy usage by local businesses, households and communities have opened for applications, Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird announced today.

“These new energy efficiency programs enable the Illawarra to take advantage of the opportunity to use energy resources more efficiently, which will save money, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“There is important potential in these new funding programs for the whole of our local community to work together to drive energy efficiency use in business, at home, and in local community facilities.

“I strongly encourage Wollongong City Council and local businesses to consider applying for funding under these new energy programs”, Ms Bird said.

The new energy efficiency programs are:

  • Low Income Energy Efficiency Program: $100 million to trial smart energy use in low-income households across Australia.
  • Community Energy Efficiency Program: $200 million partnership with local government and not-for-profit community organisations to co-fund energy efficiency upgrades.
  • Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program: $40 million to support small and medium businesses by providing information and advice to make energy efficiency choices.

Guidelines for each of these energy efficiency programs is now available at

Applications are invited from 13 February 2012.