Mr Robertson said around 1,300 homes and businesses in Mooloolaba, Sippy Downs and Mountain Creek had already enrolled in the Sunshine Coast ECC since it was launched last year.
“The success of the program in these suburbs has prompted ENERGEX to expand the program across the entire region,” Mr Robertson said.
“The Sunshine Coast ECC is an initiative of the Bligh Government, ENERGEX and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
“I am pleased ENERGEX and Council have agreed to expand the program on the Sunshine Coast because this is an important initiative that can help residents to save electricity and reduce their power bills.
“The aim of the program is to encourage residents to actively reduce their energy consumption at peak times when the network is unde r increased pressure – typically between 4pm and 8pm daily and hot summer days.
“As a society we are faced with increasing population growth and an overwhelming desire to continue to use energy-intensive appliances which continue to drive up peak electricity demand. For example, 74 per cent of homes in South East Queensland now have air-conditioning – that’s almost three times the figure from 10 years ago.”
Mr Robertson said eligible ECC participants are offered a range of incentives valued at up to $600 to assist them in being more energy efficient and reducing electricity consumption during peak periods.
“In addition, for every household that signs up, a $50 donation is made to the PowerPact community partnership fund which provides financial assistance to local community groups and schools,” he said.
There are now five energy conservation communities in South East Queensland, with almost 4,500 participants. Besides the Sunshine Coast, energ y conservation communities are also operating in South West Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Redlands.
Mr Robertson said a free community event would be held at the Alexandra Headland Surf Club from 6am this Friday 4 November to promote the ECC program.
“The event will include a BBQ cooking demonstration by MasterChef finalist Alana Lowes and face painting. I encourage residents to go along to learn more about the ECC and perhaps even sign up on the day,” he said.
Event: Free community BBQ to promote the expansion of the Sunshine Coast ECC
When: Friday 4 November, from 6am – 9am
Where: Alexandra Headland Surf Club, Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
For more information on the Sunshine Coast ECC visit www.energycc.com.au or call 1300 360 209.