Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy and Renewables,
More than 94,000 Tasmanians on electricity concession accounts will receive a $180 discount on their bills under the Tasmanian Government’s targeted new Winter Energy Assistance Package.
This package, which begins from tomorrow 1 July, has been designed to support those who need it most in our community, while also help Tasmanian families and small businesses future proof against bill shock and give Tasmanians the tools they need to lower their bills.
The Winter Bill Buster will apply to 94,230 Tasmanians on concession cards and also eligible customers in embedded networks. Eligible concession card holders will receive this automatically on their next bill from 1 August, regardless which energy retailer they are with.
This will cover the entire bill increase for low to median power use concession customers.
A boosted and expanded $50 million Energy Saver Loan Scheme will also provide up to $10,000 for an interest free loan to private residential customers, small business customers and landlords of residential rental properties to invest in energy efficient products to help lower their electricity bills.
This includes changing heating to a more efficient heat pump, double glazing windows, installing solar panels, insulation and other energy efficient products and appliances.