ENERGY BILL RELIEF PACKAGE ANNOUNCED BY NSW GOVERNMENT
Written on the 14 September 2017 by Kevin Conolly
Families, households and businesses find it hard to make ends meet when living pressures pile up. That's why the NSW Government introduced the energy package savings scheme earlier this month said Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly.
NSW households struggling with increasing power prices could save hundreds of dollars a year off their energy bills through discounts on energy efficient appliances, all six energy rebates available currently will increase by 20 per cent, and small businesses could save up to $1,900 a year under the nation's most comprehensive energy relief package.
"There is not a single fix but this package will help ease some of the pressure on local households, businesses and families," said Mr Conolly.
The energy package savings scheme includes:
A 20 per cent increase on energy rebates which will see the Low Income Household rebate increased from $235 to $285 and the Family Energy Rebate increased from $150 to $180.
Discounts on equipment upgrades for small businesses, to save each business up to $1900 on their yearly bill.
Discounts for households replacing energy efficient fixed appliances such as lighting and air conditioners, which could lead to bill savings of up to $500 per household a year.
Discounts for up to 23,000 concession cardholders to save up to 50 per cent on the cost of upgrading old fridges and TVs to energy saving models, saving each household an average of around $200 a year.
An end to unnecessary charges from retailers such as fees for paper bills.
Penalties for retailers who don't move rebate recipients to a better deal.
Energy saving upgrades for up to 16,500 public housing clients to assist the state's most vulnerable, with participating households to save an average of around $360 per year on their bills.
"This is the nation's most comprehensive package to address rising energy bills," Mr Conolly said.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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