Electricity bills for Australians to become cheaper

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How energy bills could be slashed by up to $12,000 under government’s new plan

  • Federal government to introduce new plan to slash up to $12,00 off power bill
  • Every federal seat across Australia to share in the massive $10.2million program
  • This will help Australians install solar panels, batteries, efficient fridges 
  • Powering Communities Program was announced in last year’s federal budget 

The federal government has laid out the process for applying for $10.2 million in grants for community groups to find innovative ways to cut their power bills.

Community groups in every federal seat across the country will share in a $10.2 million program to help them install solar panels, batteries and more efficient fridges to save money on their energy bills.

The Powering Communities Program was announced in last year’s federal budget but Energy Minister Angus Taylor will visit Tasmania on Tuesday to lay out the details of it.

Australians are set to have their electricity bills slashed as part of the Powering Communities Program announced by the government last year (stock)

Australians are set to have their electricity bills slashed as part of the Powering Communities Program announced by the government last year (stock)

The program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in each federal electorate, with grants of between $5000 and $12,000 available to eligible community organisations, and no co-contribution required.

The grants will be available for a wide range of projects including installing solar panels or a battery, upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs or conducting an energy audit.

‘Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations,’ Energy Minister Angus Taylor said.

He said many clubs and groups had done it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal MPs will work with local committees to identify projects through an expression of interest process.

Applications will open on July 1 and close on September 20.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor (pictured) is set to lay out the details of the program on Tuesday

Energy Minister Angus Taylor (pictured) is set to lay out the details of the program on Tuesday

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