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Date posted: 23 August 2013
Two thousand Aboriginal households in remote communities will be assessed for potential energy savings under a state government plan.
Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation (MPREC) will deliver the program on behalf of the government to communities in the west including Bourke, Walgett, Dubbo, Coonamble, Weilmoringle, Menindee, Wilcannia and Broken Hill.
MPREC Training Manager Rene Wykes stated that educational materials will be issued in the communities first, before a team of energy experts carry out home visits.
She says eligible homes that participate in the program will receive a kit with devices to help save energy and water.
'We also then sit down with the resident to work out an action plan to work out how we can further reduce their energy consumption and we're looking at working with them to reduce it by about 20 per cent.'
If energy consumption can be reduced by 20 per cent it will have a considerable impact on household budgets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, especially as energy costs are predicted to rise.
Source ABC Indigenous News