Public housing tenants could be saving money on energy bills if the Labor Party is re-elected on the weekend.
Labor will move to ease cost of living pressures for public housing tenants, by installing solar hot water heaters in more than 1,000 Housing SA properties around the state costing $5,000,000.
Minister for Social Housing Tony Piccolo said the move would have an impact on electricity bills for those living in public housing.
“A pilot program conducted by Housing SA in Port Augusta has shown that energy bills could be cut by nearly a third through the installation of solar hot water heaters,” he said.
“That’s a significant saving for those larger families living in public housing.”
Mr Piccolo said the move would make a significant difference on energy bills for larger families living in public housing. “We know that electricity bills can strain household budgets, which is why we’re investing in measures to ease the cost of living for families living in public housing,” Mr Piccolo said.
“This initiative will see around 1,000 of our most inefficient electric hot water heaters in larger Housing SA properties replaced with new, energy-efficient solar hot water heaters.
“In addition, we’ll be replacing around 100 LPG hot water heaters in public housing properties in regional areas such as Murray Bridge, Jamestown and Strathalbyn with solar hot water heaters.”
Mr Piccolo said Labor remained committed to ensuring South Australia remains an affordable place to live.
“Over the last two years, Labor has implemented 32 initiatives to make life more affordable for South Australians, and this builds on that work,” Mr Piccolo said.
“In addition, we recently announced plans to install solar panels in up to 200 public housing properties, with the scheme to be expanded to around 5,000 homes following a successful pilot.
“This shows we are serious about making life more affordable for those South Australians living in public housing.”