The responsibility for managing and maintaining properties is shared between each co-op and the CEHL's Asset Management Team.
The Asset Management Team are making properties in the Program climate ready, and at the same time, providing advice that will help you save money on your energy bills.
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Links to access your smart meter data . . .
Smart Meter data identifies when energy is used, which in turn helps work out which improvements will be best for your home.
To get access your smart meter data click to find my energy distributor from the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
If you know your energy distributor already, click on the links below
- Citipower or Powercor
- United Energy or fill in the customer information request form and email direct to United Energy
Click to go to Australian Energy Foundation website for more tips and advice
Energy efficiency Tips
We have put together a list of tips sourced from experts Australian Energy Foundation, Sustainability Victoria, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Read the Guidelines Additions, Alterations and Modifications to understand what efficiency actions can be approved by your CERC. All requests for CMC or VicWide must go to CEHL.
Check you energy plan and get $50
Just by reviewing your energy plan you can get a free $50 and possibly save significantly more. Victorian Energy Compare is offering $50 for completing their online review of your plan. This is available until 30 June 2020. It’s free money, with no obligation!
Upgrade to a water-efficient shower head
An efficient shower head can reduce your energy bills by $15 per year.
You can also halve your shower costs by combining an efficient shower head with slightly shorter showers. For example, a 10-minute shower with a typical shower head will use 105 litres, while an 8-minute shower with a 3-star shower head will use only 50. Remember, that’s also water you are paying to heat.
Set your hot water thermostat to 60° for storage
Keeping your stored hot water at a moderate temperature will use less energy than storing it piping hot.
Just remember that to protect your hot water from legionella, never lower the temperature to below 60 degrees.
Wash laundry in cold water
A cold cycle will save 80% of the energy needed to run a typical warm water cycle.
Use mulch on your garden
This will help you reduce water evaporation by up to 70%. Outdoor water use accounts for 25-50% of the average Australian household's water use. Over summer it’s best to water your garden in the morning or evening, to reduce evaporation during the heat of the day.
More efficient appliances
When heaters and hot water services come to end of life and need replacing, co-ops can choose more efficient models.
Consider a split system
They are one of the most energy efficient and cheapest to run heaters. Plus you get cooling!
Choice magazine has calculated the running costs for heating a small room for 500 hours and found that portable electric heaters cost $312, gas heaters cost $212, while split system air conditioners came out as the cheapest option at just $113.
Please note: A co-op replacing an existing heater with a split system does not require a self-funded modification approval. Adding your own extra split system would require approval. See the Addition, Alteration or Modification guidelines and form at the end of the energy efficiency section.
Set the temperature
Every degree above 20° can add 10% to your heating bill. In winter, heating can account for over 30% of your bill. In winter, set your thermostat between 18° and 20°.
This applies to your fridge too. Check your fridge is set to 3 - 5 degrees and freezers are set -15 degrees to save energy and keep bills down.
Change your light bulbs
Changing the light globes in your home or business can wipe up to $16 per globe from your yearly power bill. Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy efficient globes
Window films are a great solution for improving the energy-efficiency of windows. Depending on the film you choose, window films can be designed for year-round use (retaining heat in winter and blocking heat in summer), or just summertime use.
Films that are designed for year-round use can prevent up to 50% of heat from escaping in winter, which is comparable to double glazing. Year-round films can also reduce the amount of summer radiant heat that enters your home by 50%, while summer only films can block up to 85% of the sun’s heat.
Some draughts are easy to detect by using one of the following techniques:
- seeing daylight under doors or around window frames
- seeing curtains or blinds move when it’s windy outside
- holding tissue up around fireplaces or over floorboards to see if the tissue moves
- hearing windows rattle in the frames during storms
- feeling air moving against your hand or on wet skin
There are many products on the market designed to be fitted to doors to seal gaps, so it pays to do your homework before heading to the hardware store.
NOTE: whether the door in question opens inwards or outwards, and the type of flooring it opens over (timber, carpet, tiles, etc.). There are also different products for internal doors, so make sure you choose the right product for each application.
If you need to seal around the edges of your doors (the door jamb), check how big the gap is so that you can choose a seal that will fill the gap. These seals are normally made from foam rubber or plastic and are available in rolls. Each door will use approximately 5 metres to seal, it pays to measure and count your doors before you go shopping!
Large gaps around doors and windows may require some carpentry work to make the gaps smaller.
A CEHL Property Officer completes an asset inspection on all properties once every three years. The information gathered at the inspection is shared with your co-op and assists planning for cyclical replacement of items such as carpets, appliances, re-painting, etc.
CEHL is responsible, under the Third Schedule (a section of the Co-op, CEHL Agreement CCA), for large-scale maintenance items such as:
- roof replacement
- kitchen and bathroom upgrades etc.
Future Direction Plans
A co-op’s Future Directions Plan identifies an agreed Asset Intent for each property. This information assists both the co-op and CEHL to manage each property, to meet your co-op’s current and future needs. The Asset Intent may include:
- scheduling Third Schedule works
- undertaking cyclical maintenance
- handing back a property
- allocating new properties to your co-op
Co-op Maintenance Responsibilities
|Co-op Model||Maintenance Responsibility|
|If you have an emergency||Other Urgent Repairs|
|Call 000 for Fire, Police, Ambulance 132 500 State Emergency Services for flood or storm damage||CEHL Mon-Fri 1800 353 669 After hours 0417 102 414|
|Type of Member||Who to Contact||Contact Details|
|I'm a CERC member||Your CERC Maintenance Director or Officer|
|I'm a CMC member||CEHL Call or click on the button to report maintenance online||Mon-Fri 1800 353 669 Report Maintenance|
|I'm a Direct tenant||CEHL Call or click on the button to report maintenance online||Mon-Fri 1800 353 669 Report Maintenance|
Before you make the call
When you call, be ready with;
- Your address and contact details
- A detailed description of the problem