Cut your power bills
CUT YOUR POWER BILLS
The NSW Government remains committed to reducing the impact of electricity price rises in the interests of all customers and is working to prevent increases in the future.
There is a wide range of support available to NSW households and businesses for their energy bills, ranging from rebates and financial assistance to free programs to help cut down bills.
To access support, speak to your energy retailer, call Service NSW 13 77 88, or read on to find out what's available.
Accessing financial support and rebates
If you have certain concession cards, medical conditions, or need to use certain life support equipment at home, such as a dialysis machine, you may be eligible for one of the NSW Government's rebates for energy bills including the Low Income Household Rebate. The NSW Government has also introduced the new $75 Family Energy Rebate for eligible families.
Shop around for the best energy deals
NSW customers can choose an energy deal that is best for them. To make it easier for you to browse and compare electricity and gas deals visit the Energy Made Easy website to find a free independent online price comparator. Visit www.energymadeeasy.gov.au.
Tip: Have an old energy bill handy for more accurate results.
Saving energy and reducing your energy consumption can reduce your electricity bill, saving you money and the production of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, thereby improving our environment. Further information can be found on the living greener website.
Free help to save power
Saving power is a great way to reduce your bills. For tips to save energy, or to participate in the NSW Government's free Home Power Savings Program, or call 1300 662 416 to book your free home power assessment. The Program is available to NSW residents with a Pensioner Concession, Low Income Health Care or Veterans' Affairs card or energy utility hardship customers.
Find out where energy is consumed around your home or business
More ways to save
Finding out where energy is consumed around your home or business can also help. Energy networks offer some terrific advice. Visit Ausgrid's website for more ways to save, to use an appliance calculator, or find out where energy is used around your home.
Practical energy efficiency advice
Essential Energy – energyanswers offers practical energy efficiency advice for businesses and households.
Call 1800 ENERGY.
When you are thinking about purchasing appliances look out for an energy star rating. Appliance labelling can help you choose appliances that are cheaper to run. Use the Smarter Choice calculator to find out how much an appliance is really going to cost to run.
Payment plans and Centrepay
Paying for your bills in instalments is a great way of avoiding the shock of a large quarterly bill. You can arrange a payment plan through your energy retailer or, if you are a Centrelink client, you can arrange to have regular small payments deducted from your Centrelink allowance and paid towards your energy account.
Need financial help with purchasing an appliance?
Financial counselling by a qualified professional can help you manage your bills and other expenses. Find a counsellor through the Financial Counsellors' Association of NSW, use an online calculator and other tools or call 1300 914 408.
Learn about your power use and how to reduce your power bills.
You can borrow a Save Power Kit free of charge from selected local libraries in New South Wales. It's a fun and educational way to learn more about the power you use and how to reduce your power bills.
Smarter Choice Program
Learn about the running costs of different appliances and white goods when you are deciding what to buy. Sales staff in white goods and appliance stores across NSW will have information and calculators to help you make an informed decision about running costs when you are buying TVs, fridges, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. Find out more from the Smarter Choice Program.