Improving energy efficiency is now a global challenge. Understanding and overcoming these challenges requires the combined efforts of government agencies, energy providers and energy users.

This inaugural conference marked the first of its kind in Australia where the primary focus is on improving energy efficiency in households and homes. The conference reported on the findings of research and practice from a wide range of academics and practitioners, and particularly builds on work conducted as part of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s national LIEEP program which piloted 20 projects to assist Low Income Australian Households in becoming more energy efficient.

The conference benefited numerous audiences including energy sector providers, state and national government agencies involved in energy regulation and policy, and researchers in energy efficiency in general. The aim is to share best practice outcomes, determined from research efforts, which may inform future actions around energy efficiency.

Low-income households are particularly vulnerable to rising energy costs as they typically reside in low-energy rating homes and use energy hungry appliances. Energy bills represent a high proportion of household income. Reductions in energy consumption will not only save money and improve home living comfort, but also serve to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.

In addition, the challenges of changing the practices and household technologies of more affluent households to reduce environmental and other impacts is also a major point of interest for this conference.

If you work in this sector, or have an interest in how energy improvements can be made in households, then the next conference is one you will want to attend.

Attendees were able to select to participate by submitting a paper (with the option of full peer review), or an abstract, which will be published in the conference proceedings. Papers that have both academic and practical significance were welcomed.