Home Power Savings Program in New South Wales
New South Wales has a home power savings program set up with the aim of reducing electricity bills by more than 20 per cent for 220,000 households in the state.
The program aims to improve energy efficiency and the NSW Energy Efficiency Plan has been set up to help those struggling with high electricity prices reduce their bills by 2014.
NSW's Energy Efficiency Plan will also help commercial buildings to refit their floor space so they will all be able to have high energy ratings by 2020.
Future prices will be reduced further if the objectives of this plan are realised, and the NSW government is on track and making progress to achieving these aims.
The government is achieving this goal by incorporating parts of existing programs to make them more cost-effective and targeted at particular areas.
To be eligible for the residential scheme, you must live in New South Wales and contribute to the property's power bills. It doesn't matter if you own or rent the property.
However, you must also hold a pensioner concession card, low income health care card or a Department of Veterans' Affairs repatriation health card.
Alternatively, if you rent a government or community-owned property or you are on a hardship assistance plan with one of the electricity suppliers, you will also be eligible.
Households that sign up for this scheme will receive a free one hour power assessment by an energy expert who will be able to spot where savings can be made.
On top of this, they will be given a free power savings kit full of energy efficient products that will then be installed by the expert.
The kit includes a standby saver powerboard, a water efficient showerhead, a shower timer, a tap aerator as well as 4 energy efficient light bulbs, a set of draught-proof strips for doors and windows and a door seal.
If you are renting, you may need to check with your landlord before installing some of these products as the energy expert will need their permission.
The free action plan should help you target areas you can improve in, helping you reduce your electricity prices.
Another idea to help you see lower figures on your bill is to do an electricity comparison because you may be able to get a better deal with another supplier.
It also pays to make sure you are on the right plan with your current provider as your household might benefit more from a different plan.
The best plan to have will depend on how much energy you consume and whether you also need to factor in the cost of gas prices.
Posted by Charlie Moore.