Energy savings to be made with rebates
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.