Shining a Light on Energy Poverty in Australia

Emily Hustletinni
October 31, 2023
Energy poverty in Australia affects many, especially aged pensioners. Discover how Volta tackles this with technology for better energy deals. #EnergyPoverty

Energy poverty in Australia affects many, especially aged pensioners. Discover how Volta tackles this with technology for better energy deals. #EnergyPoverty

The rising cost of electricity, which has tripled since 2000, casts a shadow over many Australians, putting basic energy needs like heating, cooling, and lighting out of reach for some. This issue, known as energy poverty, disproportionately impacts aged pensioners, as revealed by the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey.

The COVID-19 lockdowns exacerbated this situation, forcing people to stay home and, for some aged pensioners, leading to a 50% increase in energy expenses. With projections indicating that 1 in 5 Australians will be over 65 by 2041, addressing energy poverty has never been more urgent.

Volta's Vision for Change

At Volta, we're driven by the belief that technology can make a difference. Our team, comprised of data scientists, energy specialists, and software engineers, is dedicated to solving the challenges brought by rising energy costs. We're passionate about the health and wellbeing of ordinary and vulnerable Australians, as well as our planet's future.

Our technology platform is designed to empower users to navigate the energy market in real-time, seeking the most efficient electricity deals. By monitoring and controlling energy consumption, Volta users can manage costs, reduce emissions, and contribute to environmental sustainability, all while addressing their health and wellbeing needs.

Empowering Our Communities

With Volta, tackling energy poverty is more than a possibility—it's a reality. Our app provides the tools needed to make informed decisions, offering a pathway to better energy management and financial savings. We're here to give all our "Voltarians" the power to pivot to the best deals, making a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions and saving energy.

Energy poverty is a pressing issue, but with innovative solutions and a community-driven approach, we can light the way to a brighter, more sustainable future for all Australians. Join us at Volta as we lead the charge against energy poverty, one household at a time.

Original Author Simone Baxter

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