The Energy Savvy Families program is a new initiative designed to help families across regional Queensland learn more about their energy use and manage their energy bills. Program participants will have the convenience of monthly billing and access to helpful tools and information to assist them in managing electricity costs.
The program is a combined initiative of QCOSS, Ergon Energy Retail, CitySmart and the Queensland Government.
5,500 homes in 10 regional centres across the State will receive digital electricity meters which will allow them to pay their electricity bills in smaller, more manageable monthly amounts rather than receiving quarterly bills. This is designed to ease the risk of bill shock.
Monthly billing will be combined with local community support and educational resources to help families understand when and how they are using electricity.
QCOSS will be working with local community champions in each region to identify program participants and help answer questions about the program and provide additional education and advice.
The education package will provide access to CitySmart’s Reduce Your Juice app, which allows families to play games on their smartphones and tablets to learn more about their energy use and gives them the chance to win energy-efficient appliance packages.
Program participants will also be able to access Ergon Retail’s online HomeSmart portal, an integrated system that can help families understand and monitor how they use electricity at home and track energy use against their budgets.
Energy Savvy Families program champions
Energy Savvy ‘champions’ in each regional location will be on hand to register interest in the program, answer questions and help with additional education and advice.
The Energy Savvy Families program champions are located at:
Bundaberg & District Neighbourhood Centre
111 Targo Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670
07 4153 1614
SHAC (Shelter Housing Action Cairns)
3 Brisbane Street, Parramatta Park, Cairns QLD 4870
07 4080 7427
Prospect Community Services Ltd
33 Powell Lane Charters Towers QLD 4820
07 4787 4797
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Inc
22 Charles Street, Pialba QLD 4655
07 4194 3000
Mareeba Community Centre
14 Sutherland St, Mareeba QLD 4880
07 4092 1948
Mount Isa Family Support Service & Neighbourhood Centre Inc
72 Marian St, Mount Isa QLD 4825
07 4743 4506
Graham House Community Centre
21 Taylor Street, Murgon QLD 4605
07 4169 8400
Central Queensland Financial Counselling Service (CQFCS)
Shop 2/72 High Street, North Rockhampton QLD 4701
07 4928 1844
East Creek Community Centre
43 Kitchener Street, Toowoomba East QLD 4350
07 4639 2755
Family Emergency Accommodation Townsville (FEAT Inc)
9 Carlton Street Kirwan, Townsville QLD 4810
07 4772 1450 or 07 4772 2686
Each local community champion held a Community Forum as part of the Energy Savvy Families program. The forums included details about the program as well as information on energy literacy, energy saving tips, how to read your bills, where to get help and information on energy concessions and rebates.