Gawler to host energy workshop

HELPFUL TIPS: Planet Ark and Do Something founder Jon Dee to visit Gawler this month to talk energy.

HELPFUL TIPS: Planet Ark and Do Something founder Jon Dee to visit Gawler this month to talk energy.

Planet Ark and Do Something founder Jon Dee will visit Gawler this month to give a talk to help households and businesses reduce the cost of their energy bills.

Light MP Tony Piccolo said that in the absence of a coherent energy policy at the federal level to reduce energy prices, discussions are need on what steps we can take now to help reduce our energy costs.

“When I heard that Jon Dee would be providing the EnergySmart workshops I approached the then Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Chris Picton and requested a workshop be held in Gawler,” Mr Piccolo said.

“Jon literally wrote the book on how households and businesses can take simple steps to save significant dollars on power bills,” he said.

The workshop will cover topics such as negotiating a better energy deal, cutting the cost of lighting, heating, cooling and hot water, and saving money with insulation and solar.

Jon Dee states that there is huge potential for South Australians to reduce their energy bills with energy efficiency measures having already saved Australians billions of dollars and it has the potential to save billions more.

Jon Dee is spearheading EnergySmart South Australia, which will feature a series of 15 workshops across the state, including one to be held at Café Nova on Monday, October 16.

Those attending the workshop will receive a copy of the EnergySmart South Australia booklet with tips on reducing energy costs.

“It’s estimated that the phase out of incandescent light bulbs has saved Australian households an estimated $5.5 billion and last year alone, The Energy Rating Label scheme was responsible for saving the Australian economy around $1.2 billion,” Mr Dee said.

“Switching energy retailers is not the only way to save money on our energy bills.

“Changing the thermostat by just one degree can reduce heating and cooling bills by up to 10 percent. Insulation and draught-proofing can reduce winter heating costs by up to 70 percent.

“And switching off our appliances at the wall can save the average household up to $250 a year.

These are just some of the many things that I’ll be talking about with South Australians in a push to reduce their energy bills,” he said.

Seats for the October 16 event are limited so the public should register at or by phone 8522 2878.