Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie has reminded residents doing it tough about a new State Government scheme to help with power bills. WA taxpayers scored two $200 energy credits off their next Synergy bills thanks to the most recent State Budget. But there is an additional scheme running for those facing hardship that includes potential free electricity between 9am and 3pm. The Community Energy Program could save households hundreds of dollars per year if they qualify for it. It is open to those already falling behind with their power bills. The program offers eligible households 10 units of free electricity during off-peak times that could amount to three quarters of the average home’s daily use. The off-peak enticement is also designed to encourage households to shift energy consumption away from peak times, which had caused the network difficulties during summer. “We live in challenging economic times with cost-of-living pressures placing an extra burden on households across the nation,” Ms Kelsbie said. “I know many families in my electorate are really feeling the pinch, which is why the Cook Government’s new Community Energy Program is so welcome.” Ms Kelsbie said the program would also help stabilise the Statewide grid by shifting use to off-peak times. The only catch was homes had to have an advanced metering infrastructure unit installed and not own solar panels while also qualifying for hardship support. To find out more about the scheme, call Synergy on 13 13 53.