Australians are worried about sky-rocketing electricity prices and are rushing to cut their energy consumption and flicking the on-switch to more sustainable energy sources to help reduce their household energy bills and help to preserve the planet.
Commissioned by manufacturer of solar water heaters, Solahart Industries , an online Newspoll survey of 676 home-owners aged between 18 and 64 has revealed a huge 97% are making efforts to be more environmentally-friendly and cut household energy bills, with 94% concerned by hikes in energy prices (including 58% who are very concerned) and 88% wanting to reduce their household energy use.
Home-owners are tackling the price surge, and climate change, head-on with 79% wanting to increase energy from sustainable sources.
Almost a quarter (22%) of respondents have replaced electric hot water systems with more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternatives such as solar water heaters, with 22% opting to pay extra for ‘Green Power’.
Additionally, 89% have installed energy efficient light globes, 72% have purchased energy efficient appliances, and 64% are turning off appliances when they are not in use.
Stephen Cranch, National Manager for Solahart, said the Newspoll figures indicate that sustainable energy is no longer a niche ‘greenie’ alternative, but mainstream.
“Until recently, sustainable energy was barely on the radar with householders and just a small proportion thought of making the swap,” Mr Cranch said.
“These survey findings illustrate the landscape has changed dramatically, with Australians more conscious of the environmental impacts of their lifestyle choices. Coupled with the power price hikes and the generous government rebates and incentives available, sustainable energy is rapidly moving to the top of the agenda. House by house, Australia is transforming from a nation of serial greenhouse gas emitters to a smarter, planet-responsible power base,” he said.
At the moment the Federal Government is offering a $1000 rebate to those replacing electric water heaters with a solar hot water system, which is additional to some State Government rebates. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are also available, helping consumers save up to another $1000 when buying a typical Solahart 300 litre solar hot water system.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems, which generate electricity through solar panels typically placed on the roof, also attract valuable incentives for householders under the Solar Credits Program.
However, many of the homeowners surveyed are still ignorant of the savings opportunities available to them, with just 50% aware of the $1,000 Federal Government solar hot water rebate and only 52% knowing about RECs. In actual fact, just over a quarter are completely unaware that any legislation or rebates exist to help them transition to a sustainable energy supply.