Guide to Giving
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  | 

Aussies Feel the Pinch of Rising Power Costs – Survey


Monday, 2nd December 2013 at 3:31 pm
Staff Reporter, Journalist
Electricity bills are what householders are most concerned with when it comes to cost of living, a survey by three advocacy groups reveals.

Monday, 2nd December 2013
at 3:31 pm
Staff Reporter, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Aussies Feel the Pinch of Rising Power Costs – Survey
Monday, 2nd December 2013 at 3:31 pm

Electricity bills are what  householders are most concerned with when it comes to cost of living, a survey by three advocacy groups reveals.

The survey on energy affordability carried out by community advocacy group Brotherhood of St Laurence, consumer advocacy group CHOICE and peak body for energy efficiency Energy Efficiency Council also revealed that householders want their State Governments to help reduce energy costs.

Damian Sullivan, Senior Manager of the Brotherhood's Equity in Response to Climate Change,  said Australians have ''long supported the idea we should assist low-income households to pay for essential services like electricity and the survey shows continued support for this approach”.

“This makes sense because low income and disadvantaged households are the most vulnerable to high energy prices,'' he said.

“Along with pushing ahead with energy market reform, State Governments need to do more to assist low income and disadvantaged households improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

“Importantly, householders don’t want action for energy affordability to come at the expense of a renewable energy."

CHOICE Chief Executive Officer Alan Kirkland said the survey revealed that 84 per cent of Australian households were concerned or very concerned about energy costs, despite them spending more on other cost-of-living expenses.

"Electricity prices have risen by more than 50 per cent over the past five years, largely driven by increased costs for poles and wires, so it is no surprise that households are more concerned about electricity bills than any other cost of living," Kirkland said.

"When they try to shop around for a better deal, they find it difficult to compare the confusing array of offers from energy retailers[i].''

Nationally, 84 per cent of Australians felt it was important or very important for their State Government to help reduce energy bills.

The breakdowns were 90 per cent in South Australia, 85 per cent in NSW, 84 per cent in Western Australia and 83 per cent in Queensland and 82 per cent in Victoria.[ii]

Energy Efficiency Council Chief Executive Officer Rob Murray-Leach said households were asked whether they supported or opposed a range of actions that State Governments could take to help reduce energy bills.

"The strongest support in every state, and by a significant margin, was for State Governments to help homes and businesses save energy,'' Murray-Leach said.

"Nationally, there was a 79 per cent support for action on energy efficiency and less than two per cent opposition to it. Householders seemed to think that this was a ‘no-brainer’.''

The least popular action in the survey was reducing incentives for renewable energy such as solar power, which had a negative approval rating in every state.

Murray-Leach said there was a danger the national debate about the carbon bill meant other expenditures that have an even bigger impact on energy costs, such as poles and wires, could be ignored or overlooked.

''We call on State Governments to revitalise their work to keep energy affordable and help households cope with higher energy costs.''


Staff Reporter  |  Journalist |  @ProBonoNews


Guide to Giving

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Helping the helpers fund their mission…...

FrontStream Pty Ltd (FrontStream AsiaPacific)

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

...


More Suppliers


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Youth Action Group Calls on Young Australians to Get Involved in Social Issues

Luke Michael

Monday, 25th September 2017 at 11:14 am

Raizing the Profile of Asthma

Wendy Williams

Monday, 25th September 2017 at 8:46 am

Susan Pascoe Appointed Head of Newly Formed Community Directors Council

Luke Michael

Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 5:21 pm

Recruitment Expert Says NFPs Need Thorough Process to Hire Honest Candidates

Luke Michael

Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 4:50 pm

POPULAR

Moves to Stop Volunteering at Overseas Orphanages

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at 1:54 pm

Future Uncertain for Disability Organisations Following Funding Cuts

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at 8:29 am

Majority of NFPs Are Not Believed to be Well-Run, According to New Survey

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 12th September 2017 at 4:14 pm

More Australians Are Giving Time Not Money

Wendy Williams

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5:07 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Guide to Giving
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!