Helping hand for struggling families

high fiveMorning commuters passing through Southern Cross station on Friday can help reduce energy costs for vulnerable families – and it will only cost them a high-five.

For each person who high-fives ‘Dave’, EnergyAustralia will donate $1 towards Kildonan UnitingCare’s energy visits and appliance swap program.

Kildonan UnitingCare energy advisers help households save money on energy bills through face-to-face visits. They show clients how they can use their appliances more efficiently, assess their eligibility for government rebates and provide energy and water-saving retrofit items.

The money raised from the high-fives will be used for appliance swaps, repairs and retrofitting items such as external shade cloths and draught sealing.

Stella Avramopoulos, chief executive officer of Kildonan UnitingCare, said money raised from the event will support families who otherwise cannot afford energy efficient appliances.

“Saving money on electricity bills and having appliances that operate efficiently can make a huge difference to households that are struggling,” Ms Avramopoulos said.

“We’re making sure the appliances people have in their homes aren’t wasting energy and are operating efficiently, so that energy bills can be more manageable for those who are experiencing hardship.”

EnergyAustralia chief customer officer Kim Clarke said the campaign is an opportunity to “light the way” to better energy use for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable consumers.

“We’re working hard to make sure better energy use is in reach of all Australians, not just those who can afford it,” Ms Clarke said.

“We believe that as an essential service provider, people shouldn’t have to struggle if it means swapping out an old fridge or washer, or even making a small change in their routine to improve energy practices in the home.”

Commuters will spot Dave from 6am-9am on the bridge at the Bourke St end. There will also be giveaways and a live cross with radio station NOVA 100.

Go to the Kildonan UnitingCare website for more information about their energy visits program.

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