More power to you with new program
COFFS Harbour City Council will increase its efforts to help even more local householders learn how to cut their power bills with $10,000 from the NSW Government's Save Power program.
Local state member, Andrew Fraser, said the programs respond to the community's wish for more information about what they can do to save power at home and lower power bills.
Mr Fraser said the funding will be used towards the costs of organising the 2012 Our Living Coast Sustainable Living Festival.
"This year the popular Festival will return and feature workshops designed to promote energy efficiency," Mr Fraser said.
"Community events will be leveraged to target the Aboriginal community and local language resources will be developed for these groups.
"Saving power is a win for everyone. Households save money while helping to reduce the overall demand for electricity and our impact on our environment."
The grants will be used by councils to inform and encourage households about some of the many simple steps they can take to save money on power bills.
"With winter setting in and electricity prices having gone up from July 1, it is good timing for everyone to think about their power use and how they can save themselves some money," the local member said.
"The Save Power program helps householders to find out how they can stay warm while still enjoying modern conveniences and comfort and stop wasting money."
Coffs Harbour is one of nine councils sharing $76,000, along with Albury, Bankstown, Cowra, Eurobodalla Shire, Ryde, Upper Lachlan Shire, Waverley and Wentworth councils.
The Home Power Savings Program is available for pensioners, veterans and other eligible families. It involves a visit from an energy expert to provide a free energy assessment and power savings kit and advice to help them to reduce their power use by up to 20 per cent a year.
So far more than 95,000 households across NSW have joined the program and are well on their way to making savings. For more information on how to save power and the Home Power Savings Program, visit savepower.nsw.gov.au