THE Energy Innovation Co-operative and Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL) have teamed up as part of the Totally Renewable Phillip Island initiative, to offer one-hour classes giving helpful pointers on reducing energy bills.
“Many people make the mistake of just sitting with the same electricity retailer they’ve always had, and those people are too often exploited for their loyalty to one company, paying very high power prices,” the Co-op’s Susan Davies said.
“Learning to regularly check on line for other (written) offers is vital, and the classes at PICAL will help you do that.
“Listening to unsolicited, annoying phone calls from unnamed marketing companies is not the answer,” she said.
“These calls are too confusing and it’s too easy to be misled.”
Two of the sessions run by the co-op will support people to access the Victorian government’s “energy compare” program.
By uploading a copy of your bill, you can check the cheapest retail electricity offer available for your usage pattern.
And the Victorian Government will then send you a cheque for $50 as well!
The other two sessions are for people who want to bring in their power bill.
“We’ll go over it together, help you understand where the costs are coming from, and get ideas for lowering it,” Susan said.
Householders can book into the classes, to be held at the PICAL Centre in Church Street, Cowes, by phoning PICAL at 5952 1131. A gold coin donation asked for each class will support PICAL’s ‘Totally Renewable Phillip Island’ activities.
In addition, the Energy Innovation Co-op is also looking for expressions of interest from Cowes residents to trial a new electricity monitor which allows people to view their energy usage from an app on their mobile phone.
“At this stage we want 20 Cowes residents who don’t have solar PV, including renters, unit or house owners, different ages and experiences, who have a mobile phone and who’d be willing to talk about their experience with the monitor,” said Susan.
“Those interested are asked to ring Susan on 5657 3108, or email”
The trial is being undertaken as part of ‘Totally Renewable Phillip Island’, and it is hoped many more homes will later be able to access the service. The first 20 suitable Cowes householders to ring will access this initial trial.