Light bulb moments for every household
News from The Canberra Times:

ActewAGL will come a-knockin’.

ActewAGL plans to doorknock almost every home in Canberra to install free light bulbs and other energy-saving devices in a program that is expected to cut electricity bills for those who take up the offer – and increase bills for those who don’t.

The massive exercise – which started this week – is the result of new laws which came into effect on January 1 obliging electricity retailers in the ACT to provide energy efficiency services to willing households for three years until 2015.

The ACT Government’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme is funded by the electricity retailers, which will pass on a portion of their costs to their customers. But the government maintains the average household will see a net cut to power bills if it embraces the scheme.

Based on government data, the scheme would result in gross savings on power bills of $ 66 per household the first year while the cost of the scheme would be $ 19 per household for the year, so the net savings on bills would be $ 47 per household.

The total savings on bills per household over the life of the three-year scheme was expected to be $ 300.

However, those people who don’t participate in the voluntary scheme will help carry its cost, with their annual electricity bills estimated to rise on average by the $ 1…………… continues on The Canberra Times

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