Making energy-smart choices can reduce winter’s impact on your wallet.
Our Winter guide includes advice on what you can do now and over the long term to save energy and reduce emissions without sacrificing on comfort.
Free things you can do now to save energy
Consider these free and simple ideas to start saving today.
Shut the door on wasted energy
Heating the entire house can be costly. Shut the door to areas you aren't using (like bathrooms, or the bedrooms during the day). Only heat the rooms you're using and save on energy costs.
Don't use the shower just to warm up
Heating your water can account for over 20% of household energy use. Try to avoid the temptation of using the shower for longer than necessary just to get warm.
Use a ‘solar’ clothes dryer
Clothes dryers are very convenient, but remember you're paying for this convenience. Use free energy from the sun and the wind to dry your clothes if and when you can.
Turn off gadgets and appliances
Many appliances continue to draw stand-by power even when switched off. This can account for up to 3% of your total energy costs. Turn off appliances not in use (such as heaters, TVs, computers and consoles) at the power point.
Shop around and switch to save
Don’t assume your current energy provider is offering you the best deal available. Look at government price-comparison websites to check which provider has the best rate.
Most people can compare electricity and gas offers on the Energy Made Easy website. If you live in Victoria, visit Victorian Energy Compare and apply for the $250 Power Saving Bonus while you're there.
See our Winter guide for more ideas and advice.
Winter rebates and assistance
For consumers struggling with energy bills over winter, the following assistance is available at the time of writing:
- Low Income Household Program - low-income households are provided with a practical approach to help reduce their energy and water use.
- Sustainable Home Advice Program - ACT residents can receive advice on how to minimise home energy use and reduce energy bills through an energy-efficiency assessment.
- NT Concession Scheme - members of the NT Concession Scheme can receive a concession on electricity costs.
- Energy Account Payment Assistance - households experiencing difficulty paying their electricity or gas bill may be eligible for financial support.
- NSW Gas Rebate - eligible concession card holders can get help paying their natural gas or residential LPG bills.
- Low Income Household Rebate - low-income households can get help to cover the cost of their energy bills.
- Seniors Energy Rebate - independent retirees who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card can receive a rebate to help cover the cost of their electricity.
- Electricity Rebate and Reticulated Natural Gas Rebate - Queensland concession card holders may be eligible for rebates to reduce their energy bills.
- Hot Water Rewards - Energex’s program provides rebates to eligible south east Queensland households that connect an electric hot water system to an economy tariff.
- Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme - households and businesses can receive incentives to install more efficient heating and appliances.
- SA Energy Concessions - eligible South Australians on low or fixed incomes can apply for help with the cost of energy bills.
- Annual electricity concession - eligible concession card holders can receive a daily discount on their electricity as a cents per day rate.
- Heating Allowance - eligible pensioners can receive a payment to assist with heating costs.
- Your Energy Support Program - Aurora Energy’s program provides eligible customers experiencing financial difficulties with the tools to take control of energy usage and bills.
- Concessions and benefits - eligible concession card holders can receive concessions and benefits including the Winter gas concession.
- Power Saving Bonus - a one-off $250 payment to households who look for a better energy deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website.
- Utility Relief Grant Scheme - low-income and vulnerable households may be eligible for a grant to help with overdue electricity, gas and water bills.
- Victorian Energy Upgrades - a range of discounts and special offers on selected energy-saving products and services including heaters and hot water systems.
- Hardship Utility Grant Scheme - utility customers who are in financial hardship and unable to pay their energy bills may be eligible for financial assistance.
- Household energy pricing and payment support - consumers having trouble paying their electricity, gas or water bill may be eligible for assistance.
For a more comprehensive list of help available in your state or territory, see our Rebates and assistance sorter.