The Good Guys, NSW government launch new initiative

The Good GuysThe Good Guys has partnered with the NSW Government to launch an appliance replacement initiative that helps approximately 20,000 low-income households in NSW cut the cost of their energy bills, by offering them discounts on energy efficient refrigerators and televisions.

The Home Energy Action Appliance Program provides financial support through a 40 per cent subsidy for fridges and a 50 per cent subsidy for TVs.

According to the NSW government, this could help low-income earners save approximately $2.8 million a year.

Mark Speakman, minister for Environment, has, during the launch held at The Good Guys Caringbah, called on eligible households to replace their “old money-wasting fridges and TVs with selected new energy efficient models”.

According to the NSW government, The Good Guys was picked as the program’s delivery partner and will be responsible for managing all public enquiries, assessing customer suitability/eligibility, assisting customers with the application process, referring discretionary customers to engagement partners for assessment and managing the sale, delivery and installation of new products as well as the removal of old products.

“When we first heard about the NSW Government’s plans for a Home Energy Action Appliance Program, to assist low income households through an appliance replacement incentive, we knew it was something that The Good Guys needed to get involved with,” said Michael Ford, The Good Guys CEO.

“We take corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability very seriously and this program fittingly covers both areas,” Ford said.

Speakman said that replacing inefficient appliances is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy bill stress.

“We’ve cut high upfront costs to bring quality and efficient appliances in reach of households who are vulnerable to rising energy costs, including community housing tenants, renters, single parent families and pensioners,” Speakman said.

“These households will see an average of $140 dollars saved on their energy bills each year.”

The NSW Government is also working with leading community service organisations including Anglicare, Baptist Care, Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre, Kildonan Uniting Care, Metro Assist, Northern Rivers Community Gateway and Good Shepherd Microfinance to ensure eligible clients can easily access the offer, particularly those most in need across regional and remote NSW.

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