Rebates help households survive electricity shock

Low income households struggling to pay their electricity bill may be eligible for one of several rebates offered by electricity retailers. Details are listed on the PIAC website.

‘The latest electricity price rise will appear on households’ next electricity bill so it is important that people are aware of the available rebates and emergency assistance payments,’ said Carolyn Hodge, the senior policy officer at PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program.

The NSW Government funds a range of energy rebates, including the Low Income Household Rebate (LIHR).

‘The LIHR is not paid automatically,’ Ms Hodge said.

‘People need to apply for this rebate through their electricity retailer. The eligibility criteria have broadened in recent years, so we encourage people to check with their retailer about their eligibility.

‘There are also rebates to help people with medical energy costs and running life support equipment. The new Family Energy Rebate is also available this financial year,’ Ms Hodge said.

In addition to rebates, other support incudes emergency assistance payment vouchers and retailer hardship schemes.

From 1 July 2012, NSW households will experience an 18% rise in electricity costs. The price rise will add between $208 and $427 to the average household electricity bill.  

The PIAC website contains details about the rebates and emergency assistance. It also includes links for further information. 

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