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Help for SA households and businesses to cut power bills

A program to help South Australian households and businesses improve their energy efficiency and reduce the cost of their power bills will be spearheaded by Planet Ark and DoSomething founder Jon Dee.

The EnergySmart South Australia program features a series of 15 workshops to be held across the State before the end of the year that 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.

An EnergySmart South Australia booklet with tips on reducing energy costs will be available at these workshops, online and at libraries, community centres and electorate offices.

The program complements the State Government’s energy plan which aims to support affordable, reliable and clean energy for South Australians.

Jon Dee co-founded Planet Ark and DoSomething and National Tree Day and is the host of Smart Money on Sky News Business Channel. In 2015, Federal Minister Greg Hunt launched Mr Dee’s Commonwealth Government-funded book EnergyCut: The 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business. He also initiated the ‘Ban The Bulb’ initiative that led to Australia’s phasing out of incandescent globes.

“Energy efficiency has already saved Australians billions of dollars and it has the potential to save billions more,” said Mr Dee.

“Switching energy retailers is not the only way to save money on our energy bills. 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.”

Find out more about EnergySmart South Australia at

Image Caption: EnergySmart South Australia workshops will provide householders and small businesses with simple tips to help them reduce their energy consumption and save money on their energy bills.

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