Tips to help you manage your power usage and cut bills
Ask about payment plans or Centrepay
Paying for your bills in instalments is a great way of avoiding the shock of a large quarterly bill. You can arrange a payment plan through your energy retailer. Centrelink clients can arrange Centrepay External link, where regular small payments are deducted from your allowance and paid towards your account.
Check the energy star rating of appliances
When thinking about buying appliances, look out for an energy star rating. Appliance labelling helps in choosing appliances that are cheaper to run.
Find out how efficient your household is with power and explore ways to reduce your bills through the NSW Government's NABERS website. Visit nabers.gov.au for more information.
Learn more about NSW Government rebates and financial assistance for energy customers. Phone 137788 for more information.
Learn about power use
Borrow a Save Power Kit (free) from selected local libraries in NSW External link. It's a fun way to learn about power use and how to reduce bills.
Learn to save energy
Check out the NSW Department of Industry's website for tips on how to save energy. Visit www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au and start saving.
Learn about the running costs of different appliances and white goods when you are deciding what to buy. Search for Smarter Choice retailers on the web to make informed decision about running costs when you are buying TVs, fridges, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.
Shop around for the best energy deals
Customers can choose an energy deal that is best for them. Visit www.energy madeeasy.gov.au to search for offers. Make sure to have a bill handy.