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Community
Sustainability Performance Report 2011 45
Community contribution
Warmth inWinter
As an energy company committed to encouraging
energy effciency across the community, AGL places a
special emphasis on assisting vulnerable Australians by
pursuing initiatives that deliver sustainable change.
Warmth in Winter
AGL’s Warmth in Winter initiative seeks to make a practical
contribution to support homeless Australians by inviting crisis
accommodation services to apply for a cash rebate, based on their
previous year’s winter energy bills.
The energy bill rebates provided by AGL allow these community
organisations to redirect funds to other essential services that
directly benefit their clients.
In FY2011, AGL contributed $190,000 to the energy bills of 262
crisis accommodation services across 94 charity organisations in
Australia, a significant increase compared to FY2010 when almost
$150,000 was contributed. This funding is equivalent to providing
over 126,000 warm winter nights for homeless Australians, an
increase of nearly 12% compared to the 112,000 warm winter
nights funded in FY2010.
The proportion of the winter energy bills funded for each successful
applicant varied from 34% to 94%, depending on a range of factors
including any previous funding received by the applicant and the
dollar value of the organisation’s energy bills.
AGL’s Warmth in Winter initiative also includes an energy audit
component, whereby AGL undertakes an energy audit of a select
number of crisis accommodation services, with the aim of delivering
sustainable change for these organisations by reducing future
energy costs. AGL also purchases efficient appliances for the audited
organisations to further improve their energy savings. While no
audits were completed during FY2011, planning is underway for the
audit of three facilities during FY2012.