Carbon tax: what else can you do?

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Whether or not you are receiving compensation under the Household Assistance Package, it pays to look at ways in which you can reduce your household energy bills.

Go green

Sometimes the simplest actions reap the biggest benefits. Changing to energy efficient light bulbs, reducing your water consumption and travelling smarter can all help reduce the burden on household finances. You may also be eligible for rebates and financial assistance to make energy efficient improvements to your home. Visit LivingGreener.gov.au to see how you can be more energy efficient.  

Compare and save

In certain states it is possible to switch energy providers to get a better deal. Electricity Wizard is a comparison website which enables you to find out if you can save money by switching providers. All you have to do is enter a few details about your power consumption.

Visit Electricity Wizard to find out what savings are available.

Concession savings

Utility companies often offer savings to concession card holders, but these vary from state to state. If you hold a concession card, you should contact your service provider to register your card and find out to what discount you’re entitled. Also, if you use essential medical equipment, or have certain conditions which require you to use additional heating or cooling, you may also be entitled to a rebate on your power usage so it is worth contacting your provider and asking the question.

Sign up and save

Many power companies are offering discounts on your bills if you agree to sign up for an extended period of time and pay your bills by the due date. For example, Australian Power and Gas will give a 16 per cent discount to those willing to sign a three-year contract and pay on time. Other companies offer a discount for having both electricity and gas accounts with them. If you’re happy with your current provider, contact them to find out what discounts they can offer.

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Written by Debbie McTaggart

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