Energy bills hitting Australian consumers hard

The number of consumer complaints has soared on the back of utility price rises introduced in July.  The Energy and Water Ombudsman has seen an increase of 17% in complaints from small business and consumers regarding their electricity, gas and water prices.

Electricity prices in NSW rose 21.7 % in the September quarter, water 14.8 % and gas 7.4 % (source the Australian Bureau of Statistics).

Consumers are feeling the pain from both sides, not only are they seeing their household energy bills go up, they will be impacted by many businesses passing on these costs to the end price the consumer pays for the product or service.

An expensive outlook is forecasted, with rising international gas prices, increased energy demand, efforts to introduce a carbon pollution scheme and investment in infrastructure are all going to force the price of utilities up.

Make It Cheaper says: "It's essential that consumers and small businesses recognise they can help themselves by switching to a cheaper energy supplier, and at the same time think about how they can become more efficient in their energy usage."

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