En­ergy sav­ings to be made with rebates

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

AN UN­PRECE­DENTED NSW Gov­ern­ment en­ergy sav­ings scheme will pro­vide many Clarence and Richmond Val­ley house­holds and small busi­nesses elec­tric­ity bill re­lief, ac­cord­ing to Clarence Na­tion­als MP Chris Gu­lap­tis.

“Politi­cians talk a lot about en­ergy prices, but the NSW Gov­ern­ment is do­ing some­thing real about the prob­lem,” Mr Gu­lap­tis said.

“This com­pre­hen­sive pack­age gives more help to those who need it most, re­wards fam­i­lies and busi­nesses for buy­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances and pun­ishes re­tail­ers who do not treat their cus­tomers fairly.” The re­forms in­clude: A 20% in­crease on en­ergy rebates which will see the Low In­come House­hold re­bate in­creased from $235 to $285 and the Fam­ily En­ergy Re­bate in­creased from $150 to $180.

Dis­counts on equip­ment up­grades for small busi­nesses, to save each busi­ness up to $1900 on their yearly bill.

Dis­counts for house­holds re­plac­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient fixed ap­pli­ances such as light­ing and air-con­di­tion­ers, which could lead to bill sav­ings of up to $500 per house­hold a year.

Dis­counts for up to 23,000 con­ces­sion card­hold­ers to save up to 50 per cent on the cost of up­grad­ing old fridges and TVs to en­ergy sav­ing mod­els, sav­ing each house­hold an av­er­age of around $200 a year.

An end to un­nec­es­sary charges from re­tail­ers such as fees for pa­per bills.

Penal­ties for re­tail­ers who don’t move re­bate re­cip­i­ents to a bet­ter deal

En­ergy sav­ing up­grades for up to 16,500 public hous­ing clients, with par­tic­i­pat­ing house­holds to save an av­er­age of around $360 per year on their bills. Go to www.re­source­sanden­ergy.nsw.gov.au/ en­ergy-con­sumers/ fi­nan­cial-as­sis­tance/ rebates.

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