1 June 2010

The Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George says the NSW Government’s $63 million Home Power Savings Program which offers advice on how to reduce electricity and water usage is now available for pensioners and low income earners. Mr George says over 220,000 households in NSW will be eligible to take part in the program if they are registered with Centrelink.

“I encourage residents to take up this offer which includes a household power savings kit and a home savings visit from an energy expert who can help in developing a personal power savings action plan.”

By taking part in the free program, households will be able to reduce their energy use by up to 20% which means a reduction in their bills and their household’s carbon emissions. The program was piloted in Bathurst and Orange and participating families saw an average savings of $100 per water and electricity bill or $800 a year.”

“Households taking part in the program will receive an in home electricity assessment and a power saving kit which includes an eco switch to turn off standby power, four energy efficient light globes, a low flow shower head and shower timer, a tap aerator and draught – proofs door strips and door snakes.”

Mr George says “All in all, this program is estimated to save participating households a total of $21 million a year on their electricity bills but lets not forget it is the NSW Government who has just approved electricity increases of up to 60% over the next few years. He says ultimately, low – income earners, pensioners, families and small business need a better response from the Government than “just use less electricity and water.”

Mr George says residents who would like to find out more about the program, energy saving tips or other NSW Government rebates can visit www.savepower.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 662 416.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.