It is possible to keep your house warmer in winter and reduce your energy costs at the same time.
This is the message that will be given at the Sustainable Housing Forum to be held on Saturday 15 August from 1-4pm at BPACC, where people will learn how to make existing homes more energy efficient without sacrificing any comfort.
The Forum, organised by the Benalla Sustainable Future Group with support from the Council, will feature a presentation by Lyn Beinat, CEO of ecoMaster, one of the first Energy and Thermal Efficiency Retrofit businesses to start up in Australia
Ms Beinat, who was awarded the prestigious HIA GreenSmart Professional of the Year in 2009 for leadership and professionalism, will outline a number of retrofit solutions that can be easily applied to an existing home to transform homes to be warm in winter and cool in summer.
“While new houses are required to meet a six star energy rating, many existing homes are not very energy efficient,” said John Lloyd, President of the Benalla Sustainable Future Group.
“Existing houses are often poorly insulated and draughty with inadequate window coverings and thus require a lot of energy for heating and cooling,” Mr Lloyd said.
“The retrofit solutions to be presented at the forum will enable home owners to take control of their energy consumption while making the home more eco-friendly,” he said.
The program will also include presentations on the installation of roof top solar panels and the possibilities of battery backup as well as looking at issues of water conservation.
“Reducing energy use is an important part of reducing our impact on the environment, and so the Council is pleased to support this important event,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.
“Addressing climate change and other environmental issues depends on us all doing what we can. Through activities like this, the Watts Working Better street light replacement project, and the organic waste service, the Council is demonstrating its commitment to leaving a better environment for future generations,” he said.
For further information and to RSVP ring (03) 5760 2684 by Wednesday 12 August.