I don’t have internet, how can I participate in the project and keep up on what is happening?

There are many ways that people without access to the internet can access the project. The main community feedback mechanisms such as the community events are direct engagement and the energy survey and Uralla’s energy mix activity are available in hard copy on request in recognition of those without internet access – local ZURG members are available to assist. The project has also been referenced in print media and on local radio.

What is the best heating option for people in Uralla?

There is a high degree of wood heating in Uralla, but this is being challenged by increasing cost and lack of a long term renewable and sustainable supply. Wood heating is a particular focus of the project. Depending on the cost of firewood to you (whether you have your own supply) and given the absence of reticulated gas in the town, the alternative is electricity where a high efficiency split system combined with well-insulated roofs and walls can be a very cost effective option. For some tips on heating and cooling visit the Positive Charge website – http://www.positivecharge.com.au/home-energy-savings/heating_cooling/

The Australian Government your home publication also has some excellent heating information. http://www.yourhome.gov.au/.

Premises are rented, so I can’t install solar panels on the roof, how can I participate?

There are many ways in which renters can undertake energy efficiency measures that do not require landlord input or permission, including light changeovers in most cases, appliance upgrades or renewals and behaviour changes. Any broad initiative that the business plan recommends will take into account the need to target landlords for building upgrades.

There are some alternative agreements or financing models that may help overcome these barriers, and these will be highlighted through the ZNET Blueprint and Business Case.

Premises are rented and the land lord is reticent about spending any money, what support is available to businesses that rent to help with energy efficiency measures?

Depending on the commercial tenancy status some energy efficiency upgrades will be difficult for renters of premises to undertake without landlord participation. Measures that relate to fittings (e.g. lights) however are generally the responsibility of tenants and behaviour change can provide opportunities for significant savings.

There are some alternative agreements or financing models that may help overcome these barriers, and these will be highlighted through the ZNET Blueprint and Business Case.