Energy subsidies to reduce cost of living for low-income families

An ongoing partnership between Aurora Energy, the Tasmanian Government and the No Interest Loans Network of Tasmania (NILS) is making life more affordable for low-income households.

Eligible customers are being urged to take advantage of the NILS Energy Saver Loan and Subsidy, which funds 50 per cent of the cost to purchase new energy efficient appliances up to $3,000.

In partnership with the Tasmanian Government, Aurora Energy has committed $300,000 to help fund the subsidy from July 1 this year.

Aurora Energy CEO Rebecca Kardos said the use of energy efficient appliances can significantly reduce quarterly electricity bills and improve the amenity of the customer’s home.

“This program can greatly improve the cost of living for our customers living in low-income households, particularly during the colder winter months,” Ms Kardos said.

NILS Network of Tasmania executive officer Rick Tipping said low income Tasmanians don’t have the savings to buy expensive appliances outright and can’t afford the extra cost of commercial loans.

Customers who hold a current Health Care Card or Pension Card and live in stable accommodation, are eligible to apply.

 

In 2015-16, NILS processed 379 applications for the purchase of new energy efficient products for low-income households.

Purchases included a range of energy efficient appliances comprising 177 heat pump installations, 82 fridges, 60 washing machines, 27 heat pump hot water systems and 11 freezers.