Save on Energy Bills with Service
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging the local community to find ways to save on energy and utilities through Service NSW.
“The cost of everything is going up and I know that people in our region are feeling the pinch,” Mr Anderson said.
“The cost of keeping warm through the winter chill is also expected to rise with the increased price of gas and electricity hitting household bills hard.
“These sudden additional costs are especially tough for concession holders, low-income households and families who are already on a tight budget.
“Fortunately, the NSW Government does provide financial assistance and support to help drive down bills and subsidise costs and I would encourage any locals feeling the pinch to check their eligibility.
“Families who have been recipients of the Family Tax benefit scheme can jump online now and apply for the Family Energy Rebate, which is open until June 30.
“These families can also drive down their energy price by making use of the Australian Government’s energy price comparison service: Energy Made Easy which compares all of the available deals, free of charge.
“Commonwealth concessions card, health care card, and DVA Gold card holders from low-income households can also access a rebate of up to $285 per year on their energy bills, which really matters when it comes to making ends meet.
“There are also gas rebates available and emergency assistance for anyone struggling to pay their bills.
“Things like draft excluders and rugs over tiles can also make a real difference to your household bills, as well as being mindful of the appliances you use.
“Finally, if anyone is struggling to pay their bill, contact your energy company and negotiate a payment plan. By law, energy companies must offer you a plan to pay off your bills in a way you can afford.”
Photo: Kevin Anderson meets Service NSW staff on a previous Mobile Service Centre visit to Werris Creek