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Electrical Bill More than Doubled (Australia)

  1. WryLilt profile image93
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    Just looking for feedback from Australians in particular but also from anyone else who wants to throw in their two cents worth!

    I smiled happily when I got my latest quarterly power bill - I set up direct debit not long ago so assumed would only be about $100 or so.

    However I opened it to find it was over $900.

    Yes, it is winter here. However I think our worst ever power bill wasn't too far over $450. They generally average $300-425.

    I know there's been an increase in power charges since 1st July (this bill covers 1st June to 3 Sept) however I don't see how it could have more than doubled.

    The only thing that I can think of is that we got a new hotwater system installed by the rental agency after ours busted in a cold spell.

    Anyone else been shocked by their latest power bill???

    1. agvulpes profile image87
      agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We have been advised that in Victoria Electricity charges have gone up on average about 20% per Kw. With another 30% on the way shortly. If you can have a look at Red Energy rates they have a discount for paying on time!
      We will soon have a carbon tax added to this bill now that Labor has got in to 'Govern' Sorry to dampen your day. smile

    2. profile image45
      amandadelaforceposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Rising power bills prompts 20,000 NSW residents to give up their beer fridges

      Rapidly rising power bills are causing residents to rethink the need for the old beer fridge.  Old fridges are big energy users, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges.  On average, a second fridge adds $210 per year to power bills. 

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      The program is supported locally by council and has recently reached 20,000 collections

      “Higher power prices kicked in from 1 July.  We are hearing from a lot of residents who are really stunned at their latest power bills and are looking for ways to cut theirelectricity use.” said David Roach, Program Manager of Fridge Buyback.

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      To date, Fridge Buyback has:
      •    Collected 20,000 fridges
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      Fridge Buyback is targeting the big old energy-guzzling fridges in people’s garages, laundries and workshops. 

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  2. Polly C profile image90
    Polly Cposted 7 years ago

    Hi Wrylilt, that does sound like a huge increase! Surely shouldn't have doubled. I'm in the UK, but had a problem with direct debit once. Are you paying a set amount each month, as that is what we did except that the amount wasn't enough to cover the bill and the energy company either didn't notice or didn't tell us. It was their fault but we ended up with a huge bill.

  3. elayne001 profile image72
    elayne001posted 7 years ago

    Our rate for watts has increased recently and for a very small condo we are paying around $300. This is in Hawaii where we use a/c usually only when it is very hot - now that it is summer, it has been pretty warm and I sleep better with the a/c, but this is the highest bill we have had in this home. Our last place had five bedrooms and the bill got up to around $500 in the summer. I hope  yours is wrong, but giving the economy, it could be right. Hurts!

  4. Kidgas profile image80
    Kidgasposted 7 years ago

    Wow.  That is incredible.  I would never expect to see an electric bill double like that.  I have seen a slow and steady increase here in the US.  I think it is probably due to an increase in usage but I would have to check back to compare.  Hope it is a mistake.

  5. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    I'm in Melbourne Australia and with a big house full of kids. Central heating is gas, mostly the rest is electric except the stove. The washing machine and dryer run 7 days a week with this many little ones, and our bill is half that.
    I would be doing some checking. smile

  6. WryLilt profile image93
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    Yes I plan to ring up tomorrow.

    Although after talking to some people it seems I'm not the only one to get a surprise.

    Earnest have you gotten an electricity bill since July?

  7. A la carte profile image59
    A la carteposted 7 years ago

    I would challenge that bill..My last one was about $600 and that is for a  house with a pool.The pool I know costs a fair bit so depending on the size of your house I would say that your reading is way off.

  8. WryLilt profile image93
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    Thanks. I will ring up tomorrow and see what I can find out.