National survey reveals huge public support for energy efficiency

by Tiffany Paczek
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In many parts of Australia electricity prices have almost doubled and wholesale gas prices have more than tripled over the last decade. Many Australians are struggling with high energy bills. Helping homes and businesses save energy is a highly effective way to reduce energy bills while improving energy security and sustainability.

The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), the Property Council of Australia (PCA) and the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) all share the goal of ensuring that energy bills are affordable for homes and businesses. In February 2018 these groups commissioned YouGov Galaxy to survey on the views of Australians on energy policy, with a focus on energy efficiency.

The three organisations commissioned YouGov Galaxy to ask 1000 voters their views on a range of policies. A whopping 88 percent of voters supported government investment in energy efficiency, and just five percent opposed it. This gives energy efficiency a ‘net support’ (support minus opposition) of 83 percent.

Quick snapshot of some of the results:

  • 90 percent of voters think that it is important or very important that governments help reduce households’ and businesses’ energy bills
  • Energy efficiency was the most popular energy policy option:
    • 88 percent of voters support government investment in energy efficiency, and just 5 per cent oppose it, giving a net support of 83 percent
    • Voters were more divided on whether government should invest in new coal-fired generators, with just four percent net support, and
    • More voters opposed than supported reducing incentives for renewable energy and energy storage, with 16 percent net opposition.
  • Voters supported a wide range of specific energy efficiency policies, including:
    • 79 percent support for incentives to upgrade commercial buildings
    • 80 percent support for minimum standards for rental homes to ensure that they are safe, comfortable and have low energy bills, and
    • 92 percent support for upgrading the energy efficiency of public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

For the full survey results visit eec.org.au.

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