Reports | 31st Aug, 2015


Improving residential energy and water efficiency delivers a ‘win-win-win’ outcome for Victoria’s people, economy, and environment.

  1. Saving energy and water cuts the cost of living, particularly for the growing number of households struggling to pay soaring utility bills.
  2. Efficient homes are more comfortable and healthier to live in, particularly in extreme weather.
  3. Investing in efficiency creates thousands of jobs and postpones or avoids the need for costly additional supply.  And reducing consumption cuts greenhouse pollution and saves water for our rivers.

So if efficiency makes such good sense, why does Victoria’s pre-2005 housing stock average only 2 stars?

A range of market barriers work against homeowners and tenants – particularly low-income and disadvantaged households – improving the efficiency of their homes.  These barriers include the upfront cost of efficiency measures, the split incentive facing tenants and landlords, and a lack of timely and trusted information about efficiency options and costs.

The One Million Homes Alliance welcomes the Victorian government’s vision for an “efficient, productive and resilient state”, as outlined in the June 2015 Saving energy, growing jobs statement.  The 2025 Roadmap brings together the knowledge and experience of Victoria’s leading consumer, social and environmental organisations to outline our plan for turning this vision into reality.

An important first step is to commit to a clear goal. The One Million Homes Alliance’s goal is:

That Victoria’s housing stock meets an average 5-star equivalent
and 100 litre/person/day standard by 2025

(Click here for more information about the One Million Homes campaign)

Achieving this goal will require action in 4 areas to overcome the barriers to efficiency:

Delivering this Roadmap will see all Victorians, including the most vulnerable, benefit from more efficient homes. It will unlock billions of dollars of investment, supporting between 7,000 and 13,000 jobs (gross) over the 10-year program and an estimated 8,500 ongoing jobs.  An average household should save around $1,000 a year on their energy bills, while the government could save $2.5 billion from its energy concessions budget over 20 years.

And by focusing on creating a stable policy environment which leverages investment from a range of sources, while targeting government assistance to the most vulnerable, this Roadmap ensures government investment delivers high impact outcomes.

The 2025 Roadmap has been developed and is supported by Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, Moreland Energy Foundation, Victorian Council for Social Service, Alternative Technology Association, Yarra Energy Foundation, Kildonan Uniting Care, Energy for the People, Consumer Action Law Centre, Tenants Union of Victoria, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, and Environment Victoria

Click here to view the roadmap



For more information about the Roadmap or the One Million Homes Alliance, contact:

Anne Martinelli, at