Victoria - a retiree

Victorian Energy Compare – helping seniors get a better energy deal

Video Transcript

[Title:  Victorian Energy Compare – helping seniors get a better energy deal]

[Vision: Lady walking her dog and entering her apartment block]

Victoria – 60 year old retiree

I live here with my husband. Our two sons have left home now so we’re here on our own.

[Vision: Victoria talking direct to camera]

We’ve lived here for 24 years now.

[Vision: examples of Victoria using energy: turning on the light switch, turning on the gas heater]

It’s an oldish apartment – it can get quite cold. We often have to have the heater on, maybe all night.

[Vision: Victoria lighting the gas stove and the gas oven to boil the kettle and bake a cake, and using the fridge to get milk for the tea]

We’ve got gas and electricity. I’m trying to keep my energy bills down and I’m also really conscious of renewable energy. When I found out about Victorian Energy Compare I immediately thought…

[Vison: Victoria talking direct to camera]

“Oh, I don’t know. I’m not sure if I can negotiate all that.” I’m not very confident with computer sites.

[Vision: Victoria sitting at her computer using Victorian Energy Compare]

I grabbed my electricity and my gas bills. I steeled myself with a cup of tea and I sat down at my computer. I looked through the whole process, I answered all the questions. I got a good result.

[Vision: Victoria running the hot water in the kitchen sink to do the dishes]

I was astonished at how many choices there were.

[Vision: Victoria talking direct to camera]

Things like not having to have it be a direct debit by a certain date.

[Vision: Victoria doing the dishes]

And I was delighted to find one of the companies offered 100% offset of our carbon emissions.
[Vision: Victoria doing the ironing]

I was able to get our electricity bill down by about $160 per year…

[Vision: Victoria talking direct to camera]

Which made me very happy.

[Vision: Victoria taking the cake out of the oven]

With our gas bill, I was able to actually reduce that by about $120 and a better paying arrangement too.

[Vision: Victoria talking direct to camera]

In winter, I know I’ll be comfortable because I can use the heater…

[Vision: Victoria sitting in the lounge room with her dog]

And know I’ve got a good deal on gas.

[Vision: more examples of Victoria using energy: the record player running, using the sewing machine]

Gone are the days when it was just one energy company providing you with everything and there was no choice. Now, I can choose and Victorian Energy Compare made that much easier. Give it a go because it doesn’t take very long, it’s quite easy to access the information.

[Vision: Victoria talking direct to camera]

Anybody could do it, if I can. It’s an easy thing to do.

[Victorian Energy Compare: How much can you save?]

[Speaker:  Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]