Media Releases 2010

Council launches its Greenhouse Savers Program

22 April 2010

Up to 100 households in Richmond and Clifton Hill are expected to take part in a local initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions, as part of Yarra Council’s Greenhouse Savers Program.

Council has sent letters and information to 500 households in and around Mary Street, Richmond, and Roseneath Street, Clifton Hill, inviting them to participate in the program, which is being run in partnership with climate change specialist ecoMaster.

As part of the Council-subsidised program, households will receive a home energy assessment and a household retrofit, which includes draught proofing, and showerhead and light globe exchanges.

Residents will need to agree to make small changes to their everyday behaviour and lifestyle, while monitoring their energy consumption via a wireless energy meter and providing data back to ecoMaster. 

There are only 50 places available for each suburb. These are only available to households who have received an invitation to participate in the program, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Households will pay a fee of $1250 to participate. At the successful completion of the program, Council will refund $625, or 50% of the fee.

A trial of the program in 2009 saw participating households in Abbotsford cut their greenhouse emissions by an average of 25% per year.

Yarra Mayor Cr Jane Garrett said the Greenhouse Savers Program was about providing people with the knowledge, skills and motivation to cut their carbon emissions in their home.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to become sustainability leaders within the Yarra community,” Cr Garrett said.

“With some minor household upgrades, like draught proofing, and some small changes to everyday behaviour – such as turning off appliances at the power point – households can save up to $500 per year,” she said.

For more information, contact Karen Cameron, Environmental Programs Officer, on 9205 5717 or email


For media enquiries about this issue, please contact:

Ainslie Gowan
Coordinator Communications and Public Relations
Richmond Town Hall
333 Bridge Road Richmond
Telephone 9205 5177, 0400 933 700


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