Electricity prices seem to be continuously on the rise these days, resulting in increasing electricity bills for families. For young, low income earners, these increased expenses can be even more challenging; particularly when juggling with things such as rent, car expenses and other day to day living costs.
As a way of reducing some of the costs associated with energy bills for low income households, CitySmart is launching their Reduce Your Juice program from 1 June 2015.
Who is CitySmart?
Reduce Your Juice is a pilot research program being run by CitySmart, who are a subsidiary of Brisbane City Council. The program is funded under the Australian Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program grants, through the Department of Industry and Science. You can learn more about CitySmart here.
What is the Reduce Your Juice program?
The Reduce Your Juice program is aimed at assisting low-income, young adult renters to reduce their energy consumption and save money on their energy bills. The eligible participants will progress through an eight (8) week program, which involves playing games and completing actions and surveys that will earn them rewards and increase their knowledge of energy usage.
And that’s not all. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will earn themselves either a new BBQ, or a replacement fridge or washing machine, thanks to the support of the program partners that include QUT, Queensland Council of Social Services, Energex, The Good Guys, and Brisbane City Council. There are also plenty of other rewards up for grabs for successful participants who complete all the requirements.
When does the program start?
Reduce Your Juice is running in two rounds in 2015, with the first commencing on 1 June and the second in September, with a limit of 500 participant in each round.
Who is eligible f0r Reduce Your Juice?
To be eligible to take part in this program, participants need to be:
- aged 18–35 years
- low income (<$41,500 for individuals or $50,700 for households)
- able to provide a Centrelink Reference Number
- renting in Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay or Redlands local government areas
- have a compatible smartphone or tablet