Aid for farm­ers to slash bills

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

QUEENS­LAND farm­ers can now ap­ply to re­ceive a free en­ergy ef­fi­ciency au­dit to help cut power bills as part of the Palaszczuk Govern­ment’s $10 mil­lion En­ergy Savers Plus Pro­gram

While in Bund­aberg vis­it­ing Austchilli – the largest chilli com­pany in Aus­tralia – En­ergy Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said, as a pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pant of the pro­gram Austchilli had cut its power bills by an es­ti­mated $21,000 each year.

“The ex­tended pro­gram will pro­vide en­ergy ef­fi­ciency so­lu­tions for up to 200 farms across Queens­land, just like Austchilli, to help drive down power bills,” Dr Lyn­ham said.

“Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the pro­gram’s first phase, de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with the Queens­land Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion and Er­gon En­ergy, ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for phase two for farm­ers to re­ceive a free en­ergy au­dit and up to $20,000 to help im­ple­ment en­ergy sav­ing mea­sures. These en­ergy au­dits are worth their weight in gold as farm­ers will re­ceive thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of pro­fes­sional ad­vice for free.”

PHOTO: FILE

CUT­TING BACK: Austchilli’s Trent De Paoli with the hottest va­ri­ety of chilli in the world, the carolina reaper.

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