Housing remains the single largest cost for households in WA.
People on a low income in WA are disproportionately impacted by energy costs spending a much higher proportion of their income on energy bills and often having to make difficult choices between basic essentials such as food, rent and energy consumption.
A Major Collaboration
Bill Buddy is a fantastic collaboration between a number of not-for-profit organisations who provide housing and services to tenants, the financial counselling network and social enterprise, ClimateClever, with support from Lotterywest. The Bill Buddy app is designed to assist people to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of their energy consumption. It enables tenants to understand and track their energy, water and waste consumption and costs and to make changes which will save money and reduce their carbon footprint.
Bill Buddy will be piloted over the next twelve months with hundreds of tenants involved to further refine the app. For further information on the Bill Buddy project you can listen to Justine Colyer, CEO of RISE, discuss the new app here with one of the tenants involved in its development.