MEDIA RELEASE, 31 May 2012
Darebin residents can find out about how to minimise the impact of the carbon price and rising energy bills, which are rising irrespective of a carbon price, on their household budget in a free information session to be held at Preston Shire Hall.
“This information session will provide practical advice to residents on how to lower their energy costs. For example, you can save up to 25 per cent on your heating and cooling bills by sealing up draughts around doors, windows and chimneys,” said Darebin Mayor, Cr Steven Tsitas.
“Recent floods, heatwaves and bushfires in Victoria and across Australia remind us that climate change is already happening. We can help stop this situation from getting worse. Giving big companies an incentive not to pollute through a carbon price is a step in the right direction,” he said.
Damian Sullivan, Senior Manager Equity and Climate Change program at the Brotherhood of St Laurence who will be speaking at the event, said: “It’s important households understand the household assistance because it will protect those on low and middle incomes from price increases associated with the carbon price.
“Households who improve the energy efficiency of their homes will save even more. Energy efficiency makes sense because we know energy prices will continue to rise, irrespective of the carbon price,” he went on to say.
Simple ideas like looking at the star label when purchasing new appliances like TVs and washing machines can save you significant amounts on your electricity bill.
The information session will include clear and simple advice on how the carbon price will affect your household budget; rising energy prices and what support is available to you; and understanding your energy use and how you can keep your energy bills down with simple energy efficient measures.
Registrations for this event can by made by calling 8470 8673 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Tuesday 5 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Where: Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower St Preston
Cost: Free. Refreshments served from 6pm
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