With the cost of utilities soaring in recent years, Tatura Community House will next month present a home energy-efficiency seminar as well as one-on-one energy bill consultations.
Presented by Goulburn Valley Community Energy chief executive Geoff Lodge and home energy assessor Chris Walker, the initial talk is open to all who wish to attend.
‘‘All community members and representatives from organisations that assist households to manage their bills are welcome,’’ Tatura Community House manager Leeane Button said.
Ms Button said St Vincent De Paul had come on board and it would provide conference volunteers to attend the workshop.
‘‘They will be up-skilled, so they can assist those in need to reduce their energy bills,’’ St Vincent De Paul’s Bryan Miller said.
‘‘There will be an opportunity to network while having a lovely morning tea,’’ Ms Button said.
Mr Lodge said he would talk to guests about energy efficiency in terms of keeping heat in the house in winter and out of the house during summer.
‘‘There are many ways this can be done,’’ he said, and added that draught-proofing a home was the most cost-effective way.
Mr Lodge said Mr Walker would then talk to guests about their bills and understanding them.
‘‘In Victoria there are 600 different tariffs, so it’s no wonder people get confused,’’ Mr Lodge said.
‘‘If you know how to read (your bill) it’s all there though.’’
Mr Lodge said the ses- sions would be pragmatic.
‘‘The focus will be on tangible things people can do to reduce the costs of their utility bills,’’ he said.
Tatura Community House manager Leeane Button said the sessions were made possible thanks to a Sustainability Grant from Greater Shepparton City Council.