Customers on AGL’s energy hardship program, Staying Connected, typically consume around 20 per cent more electricity than average electricity customers. This is often due to inefficient building fabric and appliances, combined with more time spent within the home.
Now a new $1 million partnership between the NSW Government and AGL could save these low-income households $420 a year, says NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman.
Solar panels will soon be installed on 250 properties that are part of AGL's Staying Connected program. The carbon savings from the pilot could be equivalent to taking 130 cars off the road and save enough electricity to power more than 90 average NSW households a year.
“The NSW Government is committed to helping families power their homes for less. This pilot will drive bills down for 250 low income households by making their homes more energy efficient,” Mr Speakman said.
“But we still want to do more and we’re working with AGL and community housing providers to see what further steps we can take to relieve bill stress for more of our community.”
The NSW Government and AGL will invest $500,000 each in the pilot.