NSW businesses and households struggling with increasing power prices could save hundreds of dollars a year off their energy bills through discounts on energy efficient appliances and rebates will increase by 20% under a new energy relief package.

The package includes:

• discounts on equipment upgrades for small business to save up to $1900 on yearly bills

• an end to excessive charges from retailers such as fees for paper bills

• penalties for retailers who don’t move those eligible for a rebate to a better deal.

The amount each household and business saves will depend on the number of upgrades they install and their power usage.

As an example, a café owner could receive a $400 discount on replacing an old refrigeration system with a new energy efficient cool room which, combined with other measures, could lead to bill savings of up to $1900 per year.

For more information, see Energy bill relief package for households and small businesses.