Last updated on 3rd July 2019

How leveraging the best energy rebates and concessions as an ACT senior could save you more

Are you crippled by energy prices? You might be entitled to rebates or concessions that could reduce the cost of your bill.

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New Comparison Service Helps Aussies Save Big on Energy Plans

What if we told you there’s a way to save more on your power bills? If you’re an ACT resident, and you’ve been stuck with the same electricity provider for several years without comparing other offers, chances are you’re paying too much for energy.

Electricity is a vital expense for many Aussie seniors, who are doing everything they can to save on costs. No matter how diligent you are about turning off the lights and using energy-efficient appliances, sometimes it seems like the bills keep getting higher.

Thanks to a clever comparison service, mature Aussies now have another way to save on electricity, and it could be the most effective method of all. This service has arrived at a time when older Australians are battling increasing electricity prices. Statistics show that rising electricity costs rank as the top concern among Australian consumers.

Electricity and Gas is an Australian comparison service taking power away from the electricity industry and putting it back in the hands of consumers. Now Australians can compare name brand electricity providers all in one place, saving them time and money.

Here’s How You Do It:

Step 1: Select your State below.
Step 2: After answering a few questions, you will have the opportunity to compare quotes in your area and could be eligible for significant savings.

It’s hard enough to manage the bills on a budget, but even harder when those bills are getting higher. That’s why the team at Electricity and Gas has compiled a list of rebates and concessions available in the Australian Capital Territory.

Energy Concessions for Seniors

Each state government offers a discount to Pensioner Concession Card or Seniors Card holders. The title, value and eligibility requirements of these concessions vary from state to state, so be sure to check your state government’s website to confirm what discounts may be available. Some energy companies, such as EnergyAustralia, AGL and OriginEnergy provide concessions to seniors all across Australia.

“EnergyAustralia provides electricity and gas concessions on behalf of the Department of Human Services to customers holding an eligible Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, Centrelink Health, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card For All Conditions, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (TPI), Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (EDA), Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (War Widow), Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (POW).”*

Energy rebates and discounts

ACT Electricity Rebates

The Australian Capital Territory has two energy rebates for residential senior customers:

  • Utilities Concession
  • ACT life support rebate

Utilities concession

The Utilities Concession is calculated on a daily basis. It covers electricity, natural gas, water and sewerage, with rates depending on the season. It is available for your principal residence only, with the account in the cardholder’s name. Only one Utilities Concession per eligible household can be claimed. The annual rebate amount has increased since 2018 to $654.00. The Utilities Concession will be applied to the applicant’s electricity account.

The Utilities Concession is also available to eligible residents of ACT caravan parks and retirement villages with embedded electricity networks. This concession will be paid directly to eligible residents. For more information, we recommend contacting the ACT Revenue Office directly.

ACT life support rebate

If the life support equipment you depend on is electrically operated or requires a fresh supply of water, then the account holder of your residence may be entitled to a rebate on the electricity account and/or the water usage charges. The rebate is calculated on a daily basis. Each rebate will appear on the electricity and/or water bill as a separate line item.

Additional rebates may also be available to electricity account holders with low incomes and health conditions. For all available concessions, it is best to contact your retailer over the phone or via their website. Your retailer will check your card details with Centrelink and apply the concession to your bill.

For more information,
visit https://www.assistance.act.gov.au/adult/utilities..

How can I reduce my energy bill?

Luckily, as a senior in the ACT, you are eligible for multiple rebates and concessions in regards to your energy. However, even if you’re eligible for a rebate, there’s a lot more you can do to save on electricity and gas. If it’s been a while since you last compared energy providers, then you could be paying unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses for energy.

Electricity and Gas is a trusted online service that makes it easy to shop around for an energy provider. In just a few minutes an experienced staff member will be in touch to help you find an affordable energy plan from a name brand provider, saving you time and money.

To see if you could save on energy, just enter your details at ElectricityandGas.com.au to receive a customised quote from an expert staff member. It’s easy to start saving on your electricity bills.

*https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/home/bills-and-accounts/concessions/victoria

This article is opinion only and should not be taken as medical or financial advice. Check with a financial professional before making any decisions.