Learn to decrease your energy bills

THE founder of Planet Ark will be in Gawler next week to offer a talk on how local households and businesses can reduce the imposing costs of their power bills by improving energy efficiency.

Jon Dee, co-founder of Planet Ark and Do Something, will attend Café Nova on Monday, as part of his EnergySmart South Australia campaign, a series of 15 workshops across the state.

The workshop will cover topics such as negotiating a better energy deal, cutting the cost of lighting, heating, cooling and hot water, and saving money with insulation and solar.

Mr Dee, who also is the host of Sky News Business Channel program Smart Money, said there is huge potential for South Australians to reduce their energy bills, without even having to switch energy retailers.

“Changing the thermostat by just one degree can reduce heating and cooling bills by up to 10 per
cent.

“Insulation and draught-proofing can reduce winter heating costs by up to 70 per cent.
“And switching off our appliances at the wall can save the average household up to $250 a year.

“These are just some of the many things that I’ll be talking about with South Australians in a push to reduce their energy bills.”

Mr Dee initiated the ‘Ban The Bulb’ initiative that led to Australia’s phasing out of incandescent light-globes, and said the initiative has saved Australian households an estimated $5.5 billion.

Member for Light Tony Piccolo said that, in the absence of a coherent energy policy at the federal level to reduce energy prices, people needed to discuss what steps they can take now to help reduce their energy costs.

“When I heard that Jon Dee would be providing the EnergySmart workshops I approached the then Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Chris Picton, and requested a workshop be held in Gawler,” Mr Piccolo said.

“Jon literally wrote the book on how households and businesses can take simple steps to save significant dollars on power bills.”

Seats to this event are limited and people interested in attending should register at www.tonypiccolo.org/events or by calling 8522 2878.

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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