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Victorian government offers energy saving solutions

Ryan smith recommends switching to energy efficient lightbulbs to cope with rising electricity prices 16000646 800481899 0 0 7042405 300

Victorian minister for environment and climate change Ryan Smith is encouraging households to consider ways to cut down on energy use in order to lessen the impact of rising electricity prices.

"The carbon tax comes into effect on 1 July and it will add to the daily cost of living for all Victorian households," Mr Smith said on June 30.

"While the Gillard labor government is increasing Victoria's energy bills, the Victorian coalition government is helping Victorians save on their energy bills."

Mr Smith suggested that Victorians make use of the many rebates and incentives on offer in order to make the switch to more energy efficient technology.

Upgrading your gas hot water cylinder to a solar hot water system can be an excellent way to cut down on energy bills, and there are rebates of up to $1,600 available to help with this upgrade.

Other suggestions offered by the Victorian government included comparing electricity suppliers in order to ensure you are getting the best rates for your location and usage.

Energy efficient light bulbs, switching off appliances when not in use, washing your clothes in cold water and dressing correctly for the weather are other excellent ways to save on your monthly utility bills.

Posted by Charlie Moore