Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is urging eligible households to apply for NSW Government Home Energy Action appliance program discounts to replace inefficient TVs and fridges.
The 40 and 50 per cent discounts for low income households are expected to save households an average of $140 a year on their energy bills.
“Low income households are the most vulnerable to rising energy costs and this program will help 20,000 households lower their living costs,” Mr Anderson 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 scheme could also reduce about 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, which is like taking more than 2,800 cars off the road, if 20,000 households each used the subsidy to replace one appliance.
“This is a win-win situation for the environment and households. By reducing the energy used by inefficient appliances we see reductions in costs to households and the environment.”
Eligible householders must be a NSW resident and hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink or a Gold Card from Veterans’ Affairs.
The fridge being replaced is six years or older and the TV being replaced must be a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) TV.
The offer is available until the $4 million program budget is exhausted. To apply for a subsidy, visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/appliance-replacement-offer.htm.
MEDIA: MICHAEL HANSEN 0405 167 861