Billed as a helpful day

Electricity and gas specialists will convene on Broadmeadows to help Hume residents with any questions they may have about their energy bills.

Hume City Council will again co-host Bring Your Bills day, on Tuesday 28 July 2015 from 10am to 4pm, at the Broadmeadows Community Hub, 180-182 Widford Street.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said residents would be able to access lots of handy information.

“Utility bills can sometimes be difficult to decipher and we want to ensure that every resident understands how energy companies construct them,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Bring Your Bills day will allow residents to learn practical ways that can help reduce electricity and gas usage in a manner that saves money and helps the environment.

“Now is a great time to learn some helpful tips because winter tends to drive up gas and electricity costs, because of our very cold mornings and evenings.

“There are a number of things people can do to save gas and electricity, and the specialists at Bring Your Bills day will be ready to assist.”

Kildonan UnitingCare, a co-host of the event, is keen to assist attendees who may have experienced financial hardship.

Jemena is also a supporter of Bring Your Bills Day, and the power company’s representatives will explain how they measure the energy usage of households.

Cr Atmaca said attendees could also access legal advice.

“We’ll have legal specialists on site who can explain what people should do if they believe a company has incorrectly charged them for gas or electricity,” he said.

“Representatives of the industry ombudsman will also attend to help anyone who may be in dispute with a power company.”

Energy saving tips that people can learn more about at Bring Your Bills day include:

• swap incandescent globes to compact fluorescent lights, and replace halogen downlights with LEDs;
• switch off appliances at the wall, because electronic devices can still use energy in stand-by mode;
• only start a washing machine or dishwasher when the appliance is full;
• use a clothesline instead of a dryer, whenever possible; and
• check whether your home is well-insulated and only heat the rooms you intend to use.

Cr Atmaca said everyone was welcome to attend Bring Your Bills day.

“We’ll put on a BBQ so that attendees can not only get some useful advice, but also enjoy a delicious and free lunch,” he said.

“Bring Your Bills day will offer a very friendly environment, people don’t need to book, and we’re confident the event will enable many residents to stay on top of their bills.”

While attendees are encouraged to bring their bills on the day, this is not essential.

For further information, call 1800 545 366 or Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200.

Updated : 9:55 AM, 22 July 2015

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