The Home Energy Bulk Buy Program was the first of its kind in Tasmania. The not-for-profit organisation, Sustainable Living Tasmania were engaged to deliver the program which helped residents purchase quality energy products at cheaper than market cost.
The program pooled the purchasing power of residents in the Southern Tasmanian Council Authority (STCA) area to secure high-quality energy efficient and renewable energy products from reputable local installers at competitive prices and was delivered between October 2017 and March 2018.
The products included in the program were heat pump room heaters, ceiling and floor insulation, LED downlights, solar photovoltaic systems, battery systems, heat pump hot water systems and solar hot water systems.
Interest in the program was high with energy saving targets hit and greenhouse gas emissions and running costs comfortably exceeded. The solar and batteries category almost doubled its target with the overall bulk purchase receiving a positive satisfaction rating of 4.31 out of 5.
The project was largely successful with a total of 372 energy efficiency products installed in households representing a total annual savings of $195,852 to all involved, or around $600 per year.