REDUCED ELECTRICITY COSTS FOR DEFENCE FAMILIES
25th February 2014: The Australian Defence discount program run by Australian Partners of Defence, APOD - Defence Discounts online, have joined forces with Energy Watch Australia to negotiate an exclusive discount on the cost of electricity for defence forces, past and present, and their families in NSW, VIC and South Eastern QLD.
APOD is a membership program offering discounts on 100’s of products and services, negotiated exclusively for the wider defence community, in recognition of their service to our nation.
APOD recognised the rising cost of electricity highlighted one of the many unique challenges associated with defence service. With electricity prices increasing up to 35.8% over the past three years in NSW, service personnel who are reliant on defence housing have few options to proactively reduce their household bills. One serving member noted: ‘we move around a lot, so we don’t get to benefit from loyalty savings and benefits that are available to the general public. To reduce the cost of our bills, we resort to following the kids around, turning off lights or only using the heating when absolutely necessary, which makes life tough for our families in some of the regional areas we get posted’. Retired veterans have expressed similar concerns, as they reduce costs by ‘living in the dark when the sun goes down’, as one member put it.
APOD’s Director of Sales and Marketing and army spouse, Kerry Newsome, said: “When put to the test, under the APOD Energy Watch deal, an average defence household in Victoria could save up to $638 p.a., $276.75 p.a. for New South Wales and $257.61 p.a. for South Eastern Queensland“.
The APOD offer has been tailored to meet the demands of defence life with no contracts, and no exit fees, making it unique in the market place. The APOD Energy Watch offer will be made available in NSW, VIC and QLD, via the APOD website www.apod.com.au on Tuesday 25th February, 2014.
In New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT, both the electricity and gas industries have been deregulated for residential and business consumers. "Deregulation" means that consumers are free to choose their electricity and gas retailer, and be able to deal with the one retailer for both electricity and gas services. Energy Watch are currently in negotiations to secure an exclusive deal for South Australian APOD members. The offer will be included into the program once it has been finalised.
To learn more about APOD – Defence Discounts Online and the 100’s of other discounts available, or to find out if you are eligible to join and take up the APOD – Energy Watch offer, please go to our website: www.apod.com.au or call us at 1800 339 550.
 IPART ‘Changes in regulated electricity prices’, Fact Sheets, retrieved 19 Feb 14, from: http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Electricity/Reviews
 Savings based on the cost difference between the averages of all default retailers estimated annual bill size for each common tariff, using average residential usage consumption to that of the Energy Watch recommended product, split between VIC, NSW and South Eastern QLD (Energex distribution region).
• Available to VIC, NSW and South Eastern Queensland residential customers only.
• VIC - Must sign up to a direct debit with the retailer and the energy bill must be delivered via email
• NSW and South Eastern QLD - Discount off retailers usage rates on an automatic payment plan when paid on time. Excludes certain locations and meter configurations. Some concession deducted from usage before discount is applied.