COOLmob is known as the Territory 'one stop shop' for home energy savings advice, product discounts and free information. A big part of our service over the past decade has been our $10 COOLmob Home Energy Audits - but now these audits are no longer available.
COOLmob was funded by the Territory Government through environmetnal grants and also by Power Water Corporation who funded COOLmob Home Audits. Unfortunately this funding was ceased in 2013. What does this mean? COOLmob now has only one staff member and has had to end our audit staff employment, along with that of project staff. This means we've got reduced capacity to deliver services for a while.
Never fear, we will continue to seek funds and opportunities to boost our team and our capacity! You may have heard the good news that COOLmob has received federal government funding to deliver the Smart Cooling in the Tropics project which will deliver 480 home energy audits to targeted low income communities in and around Darwin. This new project will also significantly expand our team again.
COOLmob is also taking names of people interested in receiving a home energy audit if/when the service becomes funded. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. We are also collecting expressions of interest from individuals, organisations and businesses who might like to either pay for a home assessment, or to receive a COOLmob energy saving workshop, or workshop on any sustainable living topic (saving water, reducing waste, sustainable house design, sustainable gardening and so on). Email us to let us know what you're intersted in, and please be patient if we do not respond quickly.
In the meantime, check out our DIY Audits page, read through the resources on this website and keep finding ways to save energy at home.
16 January 2014
COOLmob is delighted to announce that the federal Department of Industry has just notified the Environment Centre NT that our funding contract for the Smart Cooling in the Tropics project is being re-issued.
This project is part of the federal government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) fund Round 2, for which we applied in 2013.
As soon as funds are secured, this will mean the commencement of an innovative, large-scale, 2.5 year energy efficiency behaviour change and evaluation project.
Smart Cooling in the Tropics will target low income communities from various backgrounds living in Greater Darwin: multicultural, migrant and refugee communities; urban Indigenous; senior citizens; carers and people with disabilities. The project will help them identify where and how they use electricity at home, and find ways to reduce energy consumption, live more comfortably and make energy saving changes to their homes. Participating households will receive home energy audits and free energy saving products.
COOLmob is delivering the project in partnership with a consortium of Charles Darwin University, Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Yilli Housing, COTA NT and Carers NT.
And we’re recruiting! For five new positions! Please help us to find outstanding people for these roles:
COOLmob Program Manager Nina Bailey says, “This is a fantastic outcome, to receive funding to be able to offer free home energy saving advice and products. Smart Cooling in the Tropics will help hundreds of Top End residents on low incomes save energy, save money and help the environment.”
For more information on the project, contact COOLmob Program Manager Nina Bailey: email@example.com or (08) 8981 2532.
To apply for one of the new Smart Cooling in the Tropics positions, please send applications to Environment Centre NT Office Manager Lisa Peters: firstname.lastname@example.org, ph (08) 8981 1984.
Upcoming Sustainable Neighbourhood Workshops
Wulagi Sustainable Neighbourhood Workshop
When: Sunday 16th February, 10am
Where: Wulagi School assembly area
Bring: Pens and paper, your own water bottle
RSVP to: email@example.com
The workshops are an opportunity for interested people in each neighbourhood to meet each other and decide what they would like to do as a neighbourhood. For example, set up a facebook group to post events and activities like garden produce swaps, clothes swap parties, dinners, carpooling, tips on what you do at home to save energy and water. Or perhaps the group wants to set up a lawnmower collective, start a community garden, or bulk buy solar panels for their rooves. It’s really up to the people in the neighbourhood to decide. During the workshop COOLmob will also provide tools and practical advice on energy saving strategies in the home.
For more info visit: http://www.coolmob.org/content/sustainable-neighbourhoods-0
Join the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Neighbourhoods-Darwin/6188303...
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COOLmob, in conjunction with the University of Adelaide and the CSIRO, is supporting a research project into Thermal Comfort in Naturally Ventilated Dwellings in our hot humid climate. We hope this research will lead to better tropically designed homes. Please fill in our short survey if you live in a partially or wholly naturally ventilated house. Click here to go straight to the survey Read more »
If you are a low income household and would like to get on top of your Power bills, then sign up to the Red Cross Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS). HESS is a free service aimed at assisting low income households across Darwin, Greater Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs experiencing difficulty meeting and paying their energy needs.