Over half the money raised from the carbon price is being used to assist households.
Helping you save energy and money
By using energy more efficiently households can reduce their bills. This has been made easier through a range of existing and new measures.
Support to become energy efficient
The average Australian household produces around 14 tonnes of carbon pollution each year.
Figure 1 shows the major sources of household emissions.
By improving energy efficiency families can reduce their bills. This has been made easier through a range of government initiatives including:
- phasing out inefficient lighting
- improving the efficiency of appliances through the Equipment Energy Efficiency program
- minimum energy efficiency standards for new houses and apartments under the Building Code.
The Government is helping households to use energy more efficiently through a range of existing and new measures.
Better information to support households move to a clean energy future
Energy efficiency improvements around the home require the right know-how. The Government’s LivingGreener website provides information on living sustainably and will connect all Commonwealth, state and territory energy efficiency and climate change programs.
The website provides information on how households can improve energy efficiency to save dollars and cut carbon pollution. It also features content for schools and local governments. Tailored advice to householders is available through a household telephone advice line, supplemented and social media channels.
For further information about the effect of the carbon price on households and what you can do to save energy and money see: Household assistance estimator.
Figure 1 – Sources of household pollution
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Ensuring consumers are not mislead about the carbon price
Businesses should not mislead consumers about the impact of the carbon price on the price of their goods and services. Businesses that make claims about the impact of the carbon price may be required to substantiate those claims by providing information or documents to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that support those claims.
Households, on-road business use of light vehicles and the agriculture, forestry and fishery industries do not face a carbon price on the fuel they use.