Victoria Minister for Energy and Resources Michael O’Brien
Switch On Campaign To Help Households Take Charge Of Power Bills
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government today launched a new campaign to help Victorian households take charge of their power bills and ease cost of living pressures.
Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien said the Switch On campaign featured practical information to help Victorians manage rising energy bills, delivering on an election commitment.
“Taking the pressure off the cost of living is a key focus for the Coalition Government and we are taking action on a number of fronts.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“The Switch On campaign is designed to give households information and practical tools to help them manage their consumption and bills with advice on energy efficiency, shopping around for the best retail deal and how to access Coalition Government initiatives.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“While the State Government does not own energy retailers or energy networks, we can support consumers through providing information on how to lower their energy costs.”
“The Switch On campaign will help people take better control of their energy usage and also drive further competition in the market place.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The new Switch On website features a range of energy saving tips and tools, including an energy calculator, an interactive energy efficient house and advice on shopping around for the best energy retailer.
The website directs consumers to details on other Coalition Government cost of living and energy efficiency initiatives, like the Energy Saver Incentive scheme, which provides discounts on energy efficient products. The site will also raise awareness of the Government’s energy retailer price comparator website, YourChoice.
“While the Federal Labor Government has increased families’ power bills with the carbon tax, the Victorian Coalition Government is assisting families to reduce their energy bills through energy efficiency and advice programs such as Switch On.” Mr. O’Brien said.
Mr. O’Brien said the Switch On website will be supported with an awareness campaign in mainstream and ethnic media.