ENERGY BILL RELIEF ON THE WAY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS
Local residents and business owners could soon save hundreds of dollars a year off their energy bills following the NSW Government’s announcement of the most comprehensive energy relief package in the nation, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said today.
Through this package all energy rebates will increase by 20 per cent, there will be discounts on energy efficient appliances and small businesses could save up to $1,900 a year.
In addition, energy rebates for concession cardholders will increase by $50 per year to $285 and rebates for other eligible households will increase by $30 per year to $180, helping about 900,000 households doing it tough.
“We know that there are families and businesses struggling with increasing power prices which is why we will keep doing what we can to reduce the stress that it can cause,” Mr Anderson said.
“Small businesses need more support to help them thrive which is why we are implementing this energy bill relief package that could save them up to $1,900 per year so that we can relieve some of the cost pressure from them.”
The energy affordability package includes:
The Low Income Household rebate increased from $235 to $285 and the Family Energy Rebate increased from $150 to $180 to help around 900,000 customers struggling to pay their bill.
Discounts on equipment upgrades for small business to save each business up to $1900 on their yearly bill.
Discounts for energy efficient lighting and air conditioning upgrades for all households that could lead to bill savings of up to $500 per household per 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 to assist the state’s most vulnerable, with participating households to save an average of around $360 per year on their bills.
As an example, a household could receive a discount of about $200 for an energy efficient air conditioner to replace an older heater, that will save them about $225 a year on their bill.
A butcher could receive a $400 discount on replacing an old refrigeration system with a new energy efficient cool room which, combined with other measures, could lead to bill savings of up to $1900 per year.
“I want to ensure our local families and businesses get a fair go, so the sooner we can get this package happening the better,” Mr Anderson said.
The discount figures will be finalised after the program goes through the tender process and the amount each household and business will save will depend on the number of upgrades they choose to install and their power usage.