CitySmart’s interactive energy efficiency program Reduce Your Juice is once again part of the latest round of Energy Savvy Families, a Queensland government program designed to help low-income families in regional communities.

4000 Queensland families have the chance to cut their energy use and power bills with the Queensland Government’s latest affordable energy initiative. The latest round of the program was launched by State Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham in Townsville on 2 August.

CitySmart is now Program Manager for Energy Savvy Families, following the successful first round of the program in 2017.

5500 households in Cairns, Mareeba, Townsville, Charters Towers, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Murgon and Toowoomba participated in round one. Many cut their power bills by up to $200 per year, and through using their digital meter they can continue to better manage their power use.

The latest round will target Cairns, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville. Participating families will:

  • be invited to enroll in the Reduce Your Juice program
  • have a digital electricity meter installed
  • switch to monthly rather than quarterly bills
  • work with a personal energy use “champion” to cut their bills.

CitySmart’s award-winning Reduce Your Juice program is an educational tool delivered on the devices and platforms people love to use: smartphones, social media and email. It uses mobile games and a series of mini quests and challenges with energy efficiency rewards, all designed to educate and encourage the whole family to use energy efficiently.

The new digital meters will be installed by Ergon Energy Retail. Using Ergon’s HomeSmart online system, customers can use their phones and PC’s to monitor their energy use, set a budget and even set alarms for when they are coming close to budget. Families will also have access to an energy “champion” from Queensland Council Of Social Services (QCOSS) to help them, including advising them about any electricity concessions they may be eligible for.

Visit the Energy Savvy Families program page.