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Seniors' guide to energy saving

About this guide

Your lifestyle and energy-use patterns change as you age and move from full-time paid employment into retirement. Managing your energy bills throughout the year can be challenging, particularly if you’re on a fixed income, such as a pension.

This guide is designed to help you understand what you can do to lower your energy bills by changing how and when you use energy, and by choosing the energy contract most suited to your circumstances. It also includes ways to manage your payments and what to do if you’re having difficulties or are threatened with disconnection.

You don't have to be a home owner to change how you manage your energy bills and to make your household more energy efficient. Nearly 30 per cent of Australians live in rented accommodation and while there are limitations on what you can change, there are ways to reduce your energy bills and improve efficiency. The options in this guide are applicable to all households.

Your Energy Savings has a wealth of additional information and tips that can assist you to take no and low cost actions, including a guide just for renters. Two of our most popular guides have also been translated into 32 languages. By trying some of the suggestions and ideas you could save money, energy and water as well as making your home more comfortable.