People on low incomes will be able to seek advice and help on saving energy at home under a new Government scheme.
Fuel and Energy Minister Geoff Gallop said today that SECWA advisers would visit homes and community groups to discuss energy use and help people reduce their energy bills.
"People will be given individually-tailored advice by trained staff on energy saving devices, and families on low incomes will be able to apply for small grants to subsidise energy-saving devices," Dr Gallop said.
"The SECWA advisers will also be able to assist with maintenance and repairs to essential appliances, such as hot-water systems, refrigerators, space heaters, washers and cookers.
"The Government will put $1 million a year into the Home Energy Advice and Assistance Scheme, which will be aimed initially at people on low incomes who hold a Commonwealth Health Card.
"The new scheme is a recognition that some people need extra help in tough economic times, and follows the announcement that around $22 million in electricity rebates will be returned to those customers whose circumstances require special assistance."
Information on the scheme is available by contacting SECWA's Perth customer service centre on 131353.