26 September 2023

Households to cut energy costs with ‘Bill Buster’

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Families across the State are being urged to apply for the Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) ‘Energy Bill Buster’ program to help cut their power bills by up to $600 a year.

Leading the call, Minister for Energy, Matt Kean said around 30,000 households could now apply for a free solar system or energy efficient appliance upgrades.

“This program enables households to make decisions that will deliver long term savings on their energy bills while making clean energy improvements to their homes,” Mr Kean said.

“You can switch to solar or upgrade your home fittings and appliances, which are tried and tested ways to cut your energy bills year after year.”

He said the DPE program provided eligible households with more choice in how they managed their energy bills.

“Those renting or living in apartments who can’t have solar installed may be eligible to swap their current annual rebate for a suite of energy efficient upgrades, helping to reduce demand on the grid and lower power prices for everyone,” the Minister said.

He said appliances available in the package included energy efficient fridges, dryers, air-conditioners and hot water systems, as well as upgrades such as window shading and draught sealing valued at up to $4,000.

Mr Kean said the solar offer had been trialled within select regions of NSW and was now rolling out statewide.

“The benefits aren’t just for private homeowners and tenants,” he said.

“The solar swap will also be offered to eligible land and housing corporation tenants later this year.”

Further information on the DPE program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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