“The NSW Greens ‘Affordable and Sustainable NSW’ plan is laudable, but CPSA questions how much it will help cut energy and water bills for pensioners and other low-income earners”, said Charmaine Crowe, CPSA Policy Coordinator.
“Obviously energy efficiency measures largely depend on a household’s usage”.
“A CPSA member survey showed that most respondents have a duel flush toilet, low-flow shower head and compact fluorescent lights. Further, about a third has water tanks”.
“These households won’t necessarily save the $1,010 per year as the Greens suggest, but they are hard hit by energy and water bills because their incomes are so low”.
“Pensioners need help with big-ticket items, which they cannot afford, like replacing their old fridge with an energy efficient one”.
“CPSA calls for interest-free loans for pensioners and other low-income householders to purchase energy and water efficient appliances”.
“When you’re living on $18,600 per year or less, your budget has no room for additional expenses like interest repayments”.
“CPSA calls on Labor and the Coalition to match the Greens and develop energy and water efficiency policies for pensioners to reduce the use of essential services without resorting to limiting hot showers to once a week”.
Media contact: Charmaine Crowe
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