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Upgrades for Social Housing

NSW Social Housing Energy Performance Initiative (SHEPI)

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments will implement a $175 million Social Housing Energy Performance Initiative (SHEPI) to upgrade over 24,000 social housing homes by June 2027 to improve liveability and save tenants money.  
This new initiative will support a range of energy performance upgrades in homes that will help social housing tenants reduce their energy bills. These include appliance upgrades of air conditioning, heat pump hot water systems and LED lighting, thermal shell upgrades such as insulation, draught proofing and window shading, as well as installation of solar systems and solar sharing. 
The majority of social housing in NSW was built more than 20 years ago, before the introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards. NSW will prioritise upgrades to social housing located in hot and cold climatic areas and homes with older appliances.  

The initiative will bring together Homes NSW, which includes the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO), and Community Housing Providers (CHP) for a joint approach to upgrade public, community and Aboriginal social housing.    
The NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water will lead this initiative.

Read our frequently asked questions for social housing tenants and Community Housing Providers. 

Please note: social housing residents cannot apply for this program. Housing providers will select and prioritise the least energy efficient properties. Residents in social housing homes that are not selected can contact their housing provider for any repairs or upgrades to their home. 

For further information please email: [email protected].