The Palaszczuk Government has invested $2 billion in our Affordable Energy Plan, to put downward pressure on electricity prices and ease cost of living pressures.
As a result Queensland now has the lowest typical household power bill of the mainland states. We are also helping to deliver cost savings to up to 4000 households in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Hervey Bay through our Energy Savvy Families program. This helps regional families experiencing hardship to better understand when and how they use their electricity and some simple actions to reduce their usage and their bills.
More than 54,000 Queensland households are reducing their energy usage with a minimum four star energy efficient fridge, washing machine or an air conditioner – thanks to our grants program.
Queenslanders have accessed already 2400 of the available 3200 assistance packages interest free loans for solar and battery storage initiative.
We also recognise that renters should have access to the benefits of solar, so in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Townsville, we are trialling grants for landlords to install solar, with safeguards built in for renters. Some 200 energy audits are currently underway for farms and businesses in regional Queensland, giving them free, expert advice on energy efficiency. There’s cash co-contributions on the table to help these customers act on the advice they receive. And next month, Queenslanders should start receiving their second $50 dividend as owners of their power assets.