Adelaide heatwave sees power bills rise

Adelaide consumers will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of their power bill, after a recent heat wave forced air conditioning units to stay on.

With 11 consecutive days of temperatures above 30 degrees, the high use of cooling systems has bill payers concerned, Channel 7 reports.

South Australian Energy Ombudsman Sandy Canale told the news provider that the high invoices will follow others from earlier in the year.

"The summer premium in tariff applies between the 1st of January and the end of March for many customers," he said.

Rather than waiting for the huge power bill to arrive, the ombudsman suggested that consumers contact their electricity suppliers to arrange a payment system.

"The last thing you want is a retailer commencing credit action, so that can be avoided by simply making contact," Mr Canale he explained.

It comes as bill payers across the state will face a $15 a year increase for the next two years, as electricity suppliers need the money to trim trees, according to the Adelaide Advertiser.

A network charge of $15 already exists for vegetation clearance, but SA Power Networks will be looking to double that amount from the beginning of the next financial year.

Posted by Charlie Moore