Save energy and money at home

Save energy and money at home
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The actions, behaviours and choices that we make in our everyday lives can have a significant impact on our natural environment. Save Energy Money Home canterbury bankstown Solar for Low Income Households Trial program The actions, behaviours and choices that we make in our everyday lives can have a significant impact on our natural environment. Sustainable Living; Environment
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In Australia, 90 per cent of electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels, mainly coal. This contributes to the greenhouse gases that warm our planet.

You can save money and help protect our environment by making a few changes at home. You could:

  • Install efficient lighting and turn lights off when not needed;
  • Turn off your appliances at the wall, which can reduce standby energy usage by more than 10 per cent;
  • For hot water systems, adjust the thermostat to 60 degrees for a storage and 50 for an instantaneous system;
  • Ensure you have installed adequate insulation and draft proofing (R4.1 for ceilings; R2.8 for wall and sub-floor);
  • Reduce shower times and install a low-flow shower head;
  • Set central heating to between 18 degrees and 21 degrees in winter or 23 degrees and 25 degrees in summer;
  • Where possible, use fans with air conditioners (or better yet, instead of A/C) to circulate warm air in winter and cold air in summer; and
  • Use cold water for all clothes washing.

There are a number of programs and initiatives to support householders, industry and the community to save energy and reduce emissions. With Our Energy Future, you can:

  • Access government rebates for the installation of solar pa​nels and discounted energy efficient lighting;
  • Come to free information sessions on energy efficiency and renewable energy for your home or investment property; and
  • Purchase accredited green power.

For details, visit cb.city/ourenergyfuture.

And for eligible residents (residents requiring specific support or suffering financial distress), Power to Save can provide:

  • Government energy rebates;
  • Discounted energy-efficient lighting for households; and
  • An appliance replacement offer (40 per cent off a fridge and 50 per cent off a new television).

For details, see www.powertosave.nsw.gov.au.

Energy Made Easy

The Federal Government has developed an online tool to help you compare electricity and gas offers, understand your energy bills and learn about energy consumer rights. For details, go to www.energymadeeasy.gov.au.

Solar for Low Income Households

About the trial offer

The NSW Government is trialling a new way to help people on low incomes reduce their electricity bills by installing free 3 kilowatt solar systems on their homes.  The target audience for the trial is low income homeowners that hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card and are currently receiving the Low-Income Household Rebate.

About the Solar for Low Income Households Trial program

The Solar for Low Income Households Trial program is available for up to 3,000 eligible households that live in one of the following regions:

  • North Coast
  • Central Coast
  • Sydney – South
  • Illawarra – Shoalhaven
  • South Coast

The program aims to improve energy affordability by helping households unlock long term savings on their electricity bills.

Note: Participants will need to agree to no longer receive the $285 annual Low-Income Household Rebate on their electricity bill, however they should receive up to $600 in savings on their electricity bill per year from the new solar system.  Three solar installation companies have been selected to deliver the program across the five regions. Their contact details are available on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website at: https://energysaver.nsw.gov.au/households/solar-and-battery-power/solar-low-income-households.

For more details about the program - including eligibility and how to apply - please refer to the program guide on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website at energysaver.nsw.gov.au/solar-low-income-households.

Download the Solar for Low Income Households Trial program guide to find out more.

The Solar for Low Income Households Trial - Eligibility Application Form is also available to download.