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Energy-saving scheme for vulnerable Australians

While Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) chairman Dr Peter Boxall confirmed last week (April 30) that low income households may be adversely affected by the carbon tax and related increases to electricity prices, there will be help on hand.

For consumers concerned about how they can balance their energy costs with efficiency, the federal government has announced the launch of the Home Energy Saver Scheme, which offers tailored advice on reducing consumption and saving money.

The program will receive funding of $29.9 million over four years, supporting 19 not-for-profit organisations to deliver the service to around 100,000 low-income households.

"This will include in-depth assistance through home visits by trained workers to around 50,000 households facing financial and energy hardship," explained minister for community services, Julie Collins.

"Householders will also have access to advice, support and referral to financial products such as the No Interest Loans Scheme to enable them to make longer term energy efficiency improvements."

The organisations chosen to participate in the Home Energy Saver Scheme were announced last Friday (May 4) and the program is set to commence on July 1, when the carbon tax will begin.

Posted by Charlie Moore