MEMBER for Bega, Andrew Constance has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to overturn the ban on hot water heaters.
“Given Bega households do not have the option of gas hot water from a reticulated system, this announcement is a significant one for those families struggling with rising costs,” Mr Constance said.
“About two thirds of households in NSW do not have the option of gas hot water from a reticulated system, meaning consumers without gas options would be forced to invest thousands of dollars on alternatives including heat pumps or solar heating.
“The Minister’s announcement shows that we remain committed to doing everything we can to assist low income households and facilitating the delivery of essential services at the lowest cost to all consumers.”
The previous government signed up to the Federal Government policy of banning the installation of electric hot water heaters in new houses in December 2010.
Stage two of the phase out, which involved banning electric systems in existing houses, was intended to come into force last year.