Consumers can once again apply for a government program aimed at supporting households experiencing energy hardship.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has opened the latest funding round of the Support for Energy Education in Communities (SEEC) program.
Up to $2.95 million is available through this funding round, which is the largest amount in a single funding round since the program began in 2021, according to MBIE Energy Use Policy Manager Daniel Brown.
“So far, MBIE has funded 41 community-level projects that are empowering households experiencing energy hardship with specialist information and advice to improve the energy-efficiency in their homes,” he said
“Some projects connect households with other services like curtain banks, and help them find a cheaper power plan. The funding is also used to provide small energy-saving items, such as timing sensors and draught stoppers, that further help households save on costs.
“Some of the earlier projects to receive funding are saving households hundreds of dollars a year through small behaviour changes around the home. For example, efficient lighting solutions, getting rid of the second fridge or switching to a cheaper power plan can each save households around $200 a year.”
SEEC program since 2021
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