Kidney patients call for electricity rebate

One kidney patient has claimed that rising electricity prices are making it more difficult for him to retain his independence.

Ray McClenahan, who is a home dialysis patient, told the Port Macquarie News that while he receives a state government rebate of $64 a month - paid directly to his supplier to offset his electricity bill - this is only making a "very little dent" in the overall cost.

He estimates that in the wake of price hikes, these bills can be as high as $650 a quarter - a cost he and his wife may no longer be able to afford.

According to the pensioner, the rebate "does very little to account for the added costs of our bill,"", especially in the wake of rising energy costs. Mr McClenahan, who is 72, said that he may need to undergo dialysis in hospital if he continues to face high bills at home.

Electricity consumers may also find they are able to get a better deal by switching to a different provider.

It may be a wise idea to contact a switching service, which can evaluate cheaper utilities options in your area and potentially find you a more reasonable deal.

Posted by Charlie Moore