Helping low income households in Frankston reduce their energy bills

Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Federal Member for Isaacs, Mark Dreyfus, today announced Kildonan UnitingCare is helping financially vulnerable Australians in the Frankston area to improve their energy efficiency and save money on energy costs.

Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Federal Member for Isaacs, Mark Dreyfus, today announced Kildonan UnitingCare is helping financially vulnerable Australians in the Frankston area to improve their energy efficiency and save money on energy costs.

Visiting the Frankston Uniting Church, Mr Dreyfus said Frankston was one of 50 regions across to country benefitting from the Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS), which is part of the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future plan.

"The Gillard Government understands that budgets are tight for many Australian households and that's why we're providing this targeted additional help for families, parents, seniors and other members of our local community," he said.

"Across the country, not-for-profit organisations are delivering these energy efficiency services to around 100,000 low-income households, including here in Frankston.

"This includes in-depth assistance through home visits by trained workers to households facing financial and energy hardship. HESS workers will provide financially vulnerable Australians with the tools to be more energy efficient."

"Eligible households have access to advice, support and referral to financial products such as the No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) to enable them to make longer term energy efficiency improvements to their homes."

"The Scheme includes subsidies to supplement these loans to allow households to buy energy efficient appliances. The NILS subsidies will be provided to applicants on top of their NILS loan.

"We are providing this extra help to those in our community who need it most to reduce their energy costs," Mr Dreyfus said.

The Scheme will provide $50.5 million over four years to support low‑income households across Australia.