Released 01/06/2018

Canberrans are being encouraged to make some simple and cost effective changes around the home to save energy and stay warm this winter.

“Despite ACT residents paying some of the cheapest electricity prices in Australia, there’s no doubt many local households are feeling the pinch due to higher bills compared to a few years ago. Winter can also be a particularly tough time, where we see the highest energy use,” Deputy Director-General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development, Geoffrey Rutledge said today.

“There’s a range of simple steps everyone can take to help reduce their energy costs, while also contributing to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Tips include:

  • draught proof doors and windows to prevent heat loss in the home
  • turn your heater off when you are not at home and when you go to sleep
  • open curtains and blinds during the day and close them at night
  • close doors to rooms that are unoccupied
  • for every degree you reduce your thermostat, you can save up to 10% on heating costs
  • rug up before switching on the heater.

“Space heating is one of the biggest users of electricity and can account for more than half an entire year’s energy use. You can keep costs down by setting the thermostat temperature to between 18 to 20 degrees which is still comfortable or use a small electric heater (1.2kW) instead,” Mr Rutledge said.

“It’s also important to think about which type of heating suits your needs. Rather than using a ducted system to heat the whole house, consider space heaters for occupied rooms.”

Mr Rutledge said the ACT Government offers a number of energy efficient options to help Canberrans lower power bills.

“The ACT Government’s Actsmart programs runs free workshops, access to an energy efficiency advice line, online self-help tools and guides to support residents to make their homes more energy efficient.

“Energy retailers are able to provide new, energy efficient options to ACT households, including new heating options at a discounted rate.

“Rebates of up to $2000 are available for eligible households to upgrade your gas heater to an efficient reverse cycle heating and cooling system. If you’re keen to keep using your ducted system, rebates of up to $4000 are being offered to upgrade old, inefficient ducted gas heaters with a better model,” Mr Rutledge said.

For more information on tips and rebates please visit

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