Electricity and gas among fastest rising household expenses in the last decade

According to the latest released consumer price index (CPI) figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the cost of electricity and gas were the fastest rising household expenses for Australians in the last decade, trailing only increases in the retail price of tobacco.

Comparing the difference between the June 2018 quarter against June 2008, the ABS recorded a 117.4% increase in electricity costs, while gas and household fuels increased by 89.2% over the same 10 year period.

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Higher energy costs have also affected the small to medium business sector, with the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) reporting smaller businesses are less confident in their ability to shop around for better electricity and gas deals to minimise the effects of price increases.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Movements   Graphic credit: ABC News

AEMC Chairman, Mr John Pierce AO commented on the release of its 2018 Retailer Energy Review report:

“Rather than shopping around, more than half of these smaller businesses have absorbed the price rise themselves and not passed costs on to customers; around half of them made efforts to reduce their consumption but only 17 per cent looked to switch retailers.”

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