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Power bills a priority for voters: survey

Australian Associated Press / 

Australian voters want the nation’s governments to do more to cut power bills, according to a YouGov Galaxy survey.

It found 90 percent of voters think it’s important that household and business energy bills are reduced while 88 percent supported investment in energy efficiency.

More voters opposed than supported, reducing incentives for renewable energy and energy storage, according to the survey commissioned by ACOSS, the Property Council of Australia and the Energy Efficiency Council.

As energy ministers prepare to meet to discuss the National Energy Guarantee, the survey of 1000 Australians also found a majority of voters backed other energy efficiency policies.

These included incentives to upgrade commercial buildings, setting minimum standards for rental homes and upgrading the energy efficiency of public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

“Upgrading an existing home from the equivalent of 2 stars to 5 stars can save a household $600 a year,” ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said.

“Mandating energy efficient standards for rental properties and investing in energy efficiency measures for low-income households, will make a huge difference to energy stress, health and wellbeing.”

But voters were more divided on whether governments should invest in new coal-fired generators, with just four percent supporting the idea.

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