Energy Minister Phil Heatley spoke last week to the Energy Management Association conference on ‘Smart Cities’.  At the same time there was the lead in to Earth Hour, where households are encouraged to cut their energy use for one hour.

It’s a fact that energy efficiency measures help reduce costs, improve business productivity and make houses more comfortable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Businesses have driven energy efficiency.  They know it gives a competitive advantage by cutting overheads.  The Government has a goal of 90 per cent renewable generation by 2025.  We saw downward pressure on electricity prices arising from the Government’s reform of the electricity sector.  Average electricity prices increased by just 0.1 per cent in the quarter to February 2012.

Turning your lights off for one hour does save some power.  Taking energy efficiency measures on an ongoing basis is even more valuable.