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					Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
The Honourable Andrew Fraser
11/06/2011

BUDGET BOOST FOR QLD'S BILL-BUSTING CLIMATESMART HOME
SERVICE

Queenslanders will receive even more money-saving devices to help knock-down
their household bills, under a new and improved ClimateSmart Home Service
announced by Treasurer Andrew Fraser and Environment Minister Kate Jones today.

Mr Fraser said the Bligh Government will invest $34.5 million in this year's budget,
as part of a $60 million extension of the program to December 2012, to help more
Queenslanders make their homes ClimateSmart.

Under the expanded program, from July 4 households who sign up will receive:

   •   a standby power eliminator (NEW)
   •   temperature adjustment to hot water systems thermostats to increase efficiency
       and reduce water heating bills (NEW)
   •   a wireless power monitor
   •   low-flow shower-rose
   •   up to five compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

Mr Fraser said funding for the service will be in Tuesday's State Budget.

"So far, more than 277,000 Queenslanders (as at 1 June) have made the green switch
by signing up to install money-saving ClimateSmart technology and change their
energy-wasting habits at home," Mr Fraser said.

"This is a great achievement for the environment and shows that Queenslanders want
to do the right thing and run their households more sustainably to reduce their carbon
footprint.

"We have made funding this new service a priority for Tuesday's State Budget.

"Our government wants to encourage even more households to go green and that is
why we are extending the program to December 2012, and improving the service with
new products that will provide an even greater boost to residents' energy-saving
efforts."

ClimateSmart electricians will continue to visit each home to install, or provide, the
products and provide advice about where and how to save money around the home.

Existing ClimateSmart Home Service customers will not be forgotten with a range of
mechanisms being used to re-engage customers to provide even more energy saving
opportunities.

Minister Jones said the addition of new products means households could save even
more on their power bills.
"The remote controlled standby power eliminator is great and lets householders
switch off appliances completely so they don't use any electricity when they are on
standby," she said.

"Each ClimateSmart home will now be able to save up to $480 each year on their
power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 2.5 tonnes of a year and -
an increase on savings under the current program.

"When it comes to reducing energy use and saving money on power bills, every little
bit counts.

"This extended service will give more Queenslander's a chance to be ClimateSmart
and save money at home - and our environment will also reap the benefits."

To book your $50 ClimateSmart Home Service today, call 133 600 or register online
at www.climatesmarthome.com today.

Media contacts
Minister Jones' office: 3239 0818
Treasurer's office: 3224 5982

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