Pilot scheme finds energy efficient practices produce savings for consumers

Queenlanders interested in saving power may wish to note the results of a scheme to reduce household energy bills in remote western Queensland.

Ergon Energy commissioned the 12 month pilot program to see whether they could help their customers reduce electricity prices.

Ergon Energy general manager of service delivery northern Paul Ryan said it encouraged more residents to adopt energy efficient habits and make the most of cost effective tariffs.

"A key focus of engagement with customers was helping them understand which electricity tariffs were right for their particular circumstances and how to use appliances to make the most of peak and off peak tariffs."

Mr Ryan added that this scheme helped to reduce energy consumption and bills and the project found that it was possible to delay some network upgrades once consumers knew of the benefits of using power during off peak times. 

“Upgrading networks contributes to price increases. We understand the pressure on our customers from electricity prices, finding cost effective ways to defer upgrades is just one way Ergon Energy can reduce the costs of delivering safe and reliable electricity,” Mr Ryan said.

This may provide a good incentive for households to rethink the way they consume power in an effort to reduce their electricity bills.

Posted by Charlie Moore