Energy Efficient Homes for Low-Income Earners

Supporting low-income earners to achieve more liveable, energy efficient homes

Shelter WA has joined more than 50 organisations nationwide to call for immediate action from the State and Federal Government to stimulate the economy with a focus on improving the energy efficiency of homes with the proposed National Low-Income Energy Productivity Plan (NLEPP).

An opportunity to create Energy Efficient Homes  

This proposal urges all levels of Government to shift from assisting high income earners renovating and building new houses to supporting low-income earners to achieve more liveable, energy efficient homes. This program truly ticks all the governments criteria for economic stimulus and provides urgently needed outcomes for low-income households and the wider community include:

  • Create tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of homes reduce electricity and energy costs for low-income households.
  • Improve the thermal comfort of homes, which will result in improved health outcomes for those already suffering from temperature related illnesses.
  • Reduce carbon emissions and improve the climate resilience of homes for our most vulnerable, future proofing homes for the continued changes in our climate.  


The outcomes would be delivered through the four measures stated in The National Low-Income Energy Productivity Program (NLEPP), which are as follows:

  1. Social housing – Federal and state/territory governments provide matching funds to invest in energy efficiency upgrades and solar PV installations for social housing.
  2. Low-income home-owners – The Federal Government partner with state, local councils and community organisations to provide energy efficiency upgrades and solar PV installations for low-income owner occupiers.
  3. Inefficient rental properties – The Federal Government provide grants to landlords to support the upgrade of inefficient rental properties.
  4. Low-income appliance replacement offer – Governments provide subsidies for low-income households to replace inefficient appliances.

The Joint Proposal 

The full Joint Proposal for Economic Stimulus Healthy and affordable homes: national low-income energy productivity program can be read here.