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Outreach Program Promises to Slash Power Bills

By Ben Faulks

A unique initiative run by the ACT government is aiming to help residents of Belconnen real estate cut down their energy and water usage.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell recently released a case study report on several households that participated in the Outreach Energy and Water Efficiency Program, which provides evidence that homes of all sizes can easily reduce their utility bills.

"The results showed that the households reduced their winter energy use by an average of 22 per cent last year," Mr Corbell said in a September 6 media release.

"That's an average net saving of $270 per household during the winter quarter."

Administered through five community welfare organisations in Canberra, the program encourages more efficient use of energy in people's homes by implementing some basic changes.

For example, residents can undertake energy efficient home improvements or invest in newer appliances such as fridges to boost efficiency.

The Outreach program also outlined some simple habits people could take to improve energy efficiency around the house, including closing curtains in winter and switching off lights and appliances when not in use.

This program is another example of the actions the ACT government takes to improve living conditions for those with Belconnen and Gungahlin real estate, and everyone in the area is encouraged to have a look at taking part in the program.

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