NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has welcomed the NSW Government’s program to help low-income householders buy more energy efficient appliances, making basic services like hot showers and washing clothes more affordable.
Premier Mike Baird and Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced the plan earlier this week.
Mr Marshall said energy efficiency reduced pressure on electricity production and protected the NSW environment.
“Low income householders include pension, health care and veteran concession card holders as well as people on a hardship assistance plan with their energy retailer and people who rent government or community housing,” he said.
“These people are among the most vulnerable when it comes to electricity bills and often least able to choose a quality energy efficient appliance that can cut their bills saving them hundreds of dollars over the life of an appliance.
“Improving access to energy efficient appliances such as fridges, washing machines and water heaters will make it easier for low income groups to cut their bills and support the environment.
“No-interest and low-interest loan schemes and price discounts from appliance retailers and program partners will bring efficient appliances within the reach of community members on low incomes.”
Mr Marshall said the scheme would be available to both eligible renters and home owners.
“Our plan will also work with community housing organisations and the owners and managers of low income rental properties in NSW to improve the energy efficiency of home heating, cooling and lighting,” he said.
“Our actions will allow tenants to take control of their energy bills and make homes cheaper to live in for households on low incomes.
“A range of tools is now available online to help families and businesses understand the costs and long term benefits of implementing energy efficiency actions.”
To access more information, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/actionmatters