Heatwave costs to burn budgets when bills arrive

THE cost of the recent heatwave on your household budget will hit the letterbox soon.

However, already there are claims that electricity companies are cashing in big on Coffs Coast power users.

Nick Brass from energymatters.com.au says Coffs Harbour residents are being faced with some of the most exorbitant electricity prices in Australia.

Mr Brass said the business had launched a campaign against the "91% price hike in energy bills over the past five years".

Quoting Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal electricity figures, the company found that Coffs Harbour residents were paying a higher daily kilowatt-per-hour charge than metropolitan power users.

On top of that the daily power supply charges locally were almost double those in the city.

Tell us what you think. Is this just a campaign to sell solar panels or the tough reality of energy grid privatisation?

Send an email to editor@coffscoast advocate.com.au or leave your comment on this story.

City Postcode Energy supplier Costs

Cost of 1800kw/quarter,

standard electricity meter,

off-peak hot water, quarterly bills
       
Sydney 2000 Energy Australia

First 1000 kWh per quarter 24.4 c per kWh

Next 1000 kWh per quarter 25.5 c per kWh

Balance 34.3 c per kWh

Daily supply charge $0.628 per day

Controlled load 10.1 c per kWh
$2390
       
Coffs Harbour 2450

Origin/Country

Energy

All consumption charged at 31.29 c per kWh

Daily supply charge $1.255 per day

Controlled load 12.29c per kWh $0.114 per day
$3231


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