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Uniting Communities (UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide)

Start Date

Friday, July 19, 2013

Finish Date

Thursday, June 30, 2016



Project summary

The Beat the Heat project engaged and assisted low income private rental households by providing energy efficiency information, access to financial capital and delivery of the Landlord-Tenant Split Incentive Scheme to improve participant household thermal comfort levels and social well-being during Adelaide�s long hot summers. The data and information is available to inform future energy efficiency policies and programs.

Need for project

The Beat the Heat project aimed to address Landlord-Tenant split incentives to improve energy productivity.

Project deliverables and outcomes

  • 200 low income households were engaged, both the landlord and tenant, to install a high efficiency reverse-cycle air conditioner and/or ceiling insulation, and an in-home display
  • 50 post project in-depth interviews were completed with 92% of participants indicating they were satisfied with the air-conditioner and/or insulation received
  • participants reported that the new air conditioners have proven to be affordable, effective and efficient in improving their thermal comfort and social well-being, whilst not significantly increasing their energy consumption

Consortia members

  • Community Data Solutions
  • Department of Manufacturing
  • Innovation
  • Lin Andrews Real Estate
  • Low Energy Supplied and Services
  • SA Power Networks
  • Sustainable Focus
  • Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE)
  • University of South Australia

Final report


This Activity received funding from the Commonwealth of Australia as part of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Programme.


The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.