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Phillip Portman

When he’s not busy writing, Phillip can usually be found at the movies, riding rollercoasters at theme parks, hanging out with his cockatiel Tiki, or talking about everything pop culture. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism and has previously written about health, entertainment, and lifestyle for various publications. Phillip loves to help others and hopes that people learn something new from his articles.

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Stories by Phillip Portman

customers notice vdo has increased on electricity bill

8 Sep 2021 16:54

VDO electricity customers could see bills slashed in 2022

Written by Phillip Portman

VDO residential and small business customers could see their annual bills reduced in 2022, according to the ESC’s draft proposal.

customers reading energy bill

1 Sep 2021 14:13

The Victorian Default Offer has changed. Here’s what you need to know

Written by Phillip Portman

On 1 September, most customers on the Victorian Default Offer (VDO) will see their electricity bills increase. Read on for what you need to know.

1 Sep 2021 11:16

Game-changing certification could slash new home energy costs by over 75%

Written by Phillip Portman

New homes could soon see their energy costs dramatically reduced as part of an initiative that will transform the residential home building industry. Read more.

Couple working out ways to reduce electricity bill in lockdown

20 Aug 2021 08:43

Slash your electricity bills in lockdown

Written by Phillip Portman

If you’re using more electricity at home during lockdown, here are six ways you could reduce electricity bills. Read more.

Man installing solar pv system on rooftop

16 Aug 2021 14:05

AEMC passes revamped plan to charge solar owners for exporting power

Written by Phillip Portman

Demand-based pricing will soon be introduced for solar panel owners who export electricity back to the grid, but free options will remain. Read more.

customers applying for eapa assistance

6 Aug 2021 10:53

Further energy bill assistance announced for NSW families impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Phillip Portman

Households in NSW who need extra assistance paying their energy bills will be eligible for more financial support through the EAPA scheme. Read more.

3 Aug 2021 15:34

AER announces rules to protect energy customers who struggle during lockdown

Written by Phillip Portman

Customers currently locked down in NSW and QLD won’t have their energy disconnected under new AER rules – providing they advise their retailer if they’re struggling.

man installing solar pv system on roof

2 Aug 2021 10:10

Majority of Aussies back controversial plan to charge solar owners for exporting power

Written by Phillip Portman

A plan that could see solar panel owners charged for sending electricity back to the grid has been strongly backed by consumers, a new survey shows. Read more.

SA concession couple applying for the switch for solar program

26 Jul 2021 11:52

South Australians may be eligible for a free solar system under new pilot program

Written by Phillip Portman

With the Switch for Solar pilot program, eligible SA residents can switch concessions for free solar PV systems. Learn more.

young couple talking about the Victorian default offer

21 Jul 2021 15:20

Surprise mid-year price hike coming to Victoria amid energy market shake-up

Written by Phillip Portman

Victorian electricity consumers will see surprise mid-year hikes to the flat VDO tariff rates they pay, following an announcement from the ESC.

Couple has energy disconnected in victoria

5 Jul 2021 16:02

Victorian energy disconnections rise as pandemic rages on

Written by Phillip Portman

New data shows that alarming number of Victorians are having their gas and electricity disconnected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

29 Jun 2021 16:04

A trail of destruction: The economies destroyed by natural disasters

Written by Phillip Portman

There have been many natural disasters in the past two decades, but which caused the most destruction? What impact did they have on the economy? Let’s find out!

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