LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS TO SAVE ON ENERGY BILLS WITH NEW PROGRAM

Thursday, 25 August 2016

ELIGIBLE households across the region are being urged to apply for the NSW Government’s new Home Energy Action appliance program discounts, to replace their inefficient TVs and fridges.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the program offered 40 and 50 per cent discounts for low income households and was expected to save households an average of $140 each year on their energy bills.

“This program will help 20,000 low income households lower their living costs,” he said.

“Replacing power hungry TVs and fridges is an easy way to lower your energy bills.

“Replacing an inefficient fridge will save a household up to $200 a year on its energy bill. Replacing an inefficient TV will also save a household up to $125 a year on its energy bill.”

The fridge being replaced is six years or older and the TV being replaced must be a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) TV.

Mr Marshall said the scheme could also reduce about 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, which was like taking more than 2,800 cars off the road, if 20,000 households each used the subsidy to replace one appliance.

“Low income households are the most vulnerable to rising energy costs,” he said.

“That is why this scheme is designed to reduce the high upfront costs for these households to replace inefficient fridges and TVs.

“The scheme is expected to save enough electricity to power more than 1,800 average New South Wales households a year.”

The offer is available until the $4 million program budget is exhausted.

Eligible households, must have a NSW resident and hold either a valid Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink or a Gold Card from Veterans’ Affairs.

To apply for a subsidy, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/appliance-replacement-offer.htm.

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