Just a very quick post about the $250 rebate offered by the Andrews Government here in Victoria.
- The rebate is available from the 1st of July, 2022, so now.
- Every Victorian household is eligible.
- To apply, you will have to go to the Victorian Energy Compare website – click the link to go straight there or click the URL below: https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au/
- You will see:
Click the ‘Submit a $250 Power Saving Bonus application’ button.
From there you will be taken through a number of pages that either request information or ask you to accept terms and conditions.
One of the things you will be asked to provide is a PDF of your electricity bill. If, like me, you receive your bills via email, you will have to download the attached document that details specifics about your bill – i.e. how much energy you’ve used, how much it costs, any solar contributions, etc. That attachment is the PDF they’re requesting. There is also an option to submit a hardcopy of the bill but as I didn’t select it, I don’t know how that would work.
I know the government is trying to get people to use the Energy Compare website – it’s pretty good actually, and I’ve used it in the past – but I can’t help wondering how pensioners without computers, or the skills to use them, are supposed to access this rebate. Smartphone perhaps? But what if you don’t have a smartphone, or don’t know how to use it for things other than making a phone call?
Having spent the last five years of my working life helping to teach computer literacy to Beginners, I know there are a lot of them.
I’m also a little puzzled about why this rebate isn’t being shouted from the rooftops. Then again, I don’t watch much TV so perhaps that’s why I didn’t know about it [thanks for telling me, Megan!].
Anyway, the rebate exists so put in your application and get some relief from the bill shock we’re all experiencing.