Energy bill relief package for Regional NSW

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Energy bill relief package for Regional NSW

John Barilaro announcing the package at Brad’s Butchery, Junee

Monday, 4 September 2017

Regional NSW households and businesses struggling with increasing power prices could save hundreds of dollars a year off their energy bills under the nation’s most comprehensive energy relief package, Deputy Premier John Barilaro said today.

Through this package all energy rebates will increase by 20 per cent, there will be discounts on energy efficient appliances and small businesses could save up to $1,900 a year.

In addition, energy rebates for concession cardholders will increase by $50 per year to $285 and rebates for other eligible households will increase by $30 per year to $180, helping about 900,000 households doing it tough.

“We will keep doing what we can to help reduce the stress that rising energy costs are causing households, families and small businesses across regional NSW.” Mr Barilaro said.

“We expect to be able to help about 10,000 small businesses to access discounts to upgrade inefficient equipment, which could lead to bill savings of up to $1,900 per year.”

The energy affordability package includes:
• The Low Income Household rebate increased from $235 to $285 and the Family Energy Rebate increased from $150 to $180 to help around 900,000 customers struggling to pay their bill.
• Discounts on equipment upgrades for small business to save each business up to $1900 on their yearly bill.
• Discounts for energy efficient lighting and air conditioning upgrades for all households that could lead to bill savings of up to $500 per household per 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.

As an example, a household could receive a discount of about $200 for an energy efficient air conditioner to replace an older heater, that will save them about $225 a year on their bill.

A butcher could receive a $400 discount on replacing an old refrigeration system with a new energy efficient cool room which, combined with other measures, could lead to bill savings of up to $1900 per year.

Energy and Utilities Minister Don Harwin said all energy rebates will increase by 20 per cent and energy retailers will be forced to scrap early termination fees, paper bill fees and fees for paying over the counter at Australia Post.

“These changes will protect and empower energy consumers who deserve a fair go, and it’ll make the retailers step up too,” Mr Harwin said.

The discount figures will be finalised after the program goes through the tender process and the amount each household and business will save will depend on the number of upgrades they choose to install and their power usage.