Published on October 10, 2017 3:09 am, by Jen Bakker
The cost of electricity and gas has risen significantly in recent years. The media attention this issue has been given has provided the motivation for people to talk more and compare prices, however by not shopping around, 70% of us are still paying 20% more than we need to for our electricity.
Electricity and gas retailers talk about rising wholesale prices and while there is truth in that, it is only one side of the story as the retailers continue to report huge profits.
MoneyBrilliant’s Bill Watch feature has been designed to help you find the lowest cost electricity and gas plans for your usage in your area. This is a good first step to decreasing your energy bills.
For customers who meet certain criteria, most typically pensioners and low-income earners, there are further concessions you can apply for. These vary state by state and are set by the state government.
In New South Wales, low-income earners may apply and be eligible for the following annual rebates:
To apply for the above electricity or gas concession you must be a NSW resident and:
If you are an individual retail customer you can contact your electricity or gas provider and request the Low-Income Household concession directly.
If you are an on-supplied customer you will need to complete a paper application form for the NSW Low Income Household Concession and post it into the Department of Planning & Environment.
People applying for the LPG rebate will also need to complete the paper application form for the NSW Low Income Household Rebate and post it into the Department of Planning & Environment.
For more information on Electricity and Gas Concessions, go here
To apply for these concessions, you must meet the eligibility criteria which are different for each rebate type. More information can be found on the NSW government website listed above.
Update 12 November 2019
Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.