Even though we think we are doing enough to be energy efficient, we can always do a little more. The Home Power Savings Program and Save Power are two NSW Government initiatives that can help you to save power, reduce your energy use, and put more money in your pocket.
Households that join the Home Power Savings Program will save up to 20 per cent on their power bills. More than 50,000 pensioners and families on a lower income have already taken advantage of the program and are each saving an average of $265 on their annual bills. Together, the homes that take part in this program across NSW by June 2013 could save a total of up to $60 million on their electricity bills every year.
The Home Power Savings Program is open to NSW residents who have a Centrelink
Pensioner Concession, Low Income Health Care, Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession or Veterans' Affairs (Gold or White) Repatriation Health card, are social housing tenants or energy utility hardship customers.
If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can save up to 20 per cent off your power use. Eligible households get:
a FREE home power assessment by an energy expert who will show you how much your appliances cost to run
a FREE Power Savings Kit* (valued up to $200) installed by the energy expert at the time of the assessment containing a stand-by saver power board, energy efficient light globes, a water efficient showerhead, shower timer, draught-proofing strips and more
a FREE Power Savings Action Plan showing free, low-cost ways for the household to save power, money and cut carbon pollution.
220,000 FREE program assessments for lower income households are on offer before 30 June 2013, with a quarter already completed. Be next in line to reap the benefits. Call 1300 662 416 today to book your FREE assessment or visit www.savepower.nsw.gov.au/freehelp for more information.
Cobar Shire Council is actively promoting this program to our residents and encouraging them to become involved. With funding provided by a NSW Government Council Promotion Grant, several community presentations will be delivered over the next few months.
Save Power can show all households, businesses and public facilities simple actions that can be taken to reduce power use and save money on power bills.
The Save Power website provides a range of resources to promote energy efficiency and includes tips on energy efficient heating, cooling, refrigeration and lighting. Some of the information is available in languages other than English.
Visit www.savepower.nsw.gov.au and find out how to save today.
* Supply and installation of fixed kit items depends on landlord's consent for rental and social housing tenants.