Stephen Robertson: LNP will not freeze electricity prices

Electricity prices in Queensland will not be frozen if the LNP comes to power in the next state election, according to energy and water utilities minister Stephen Robertson.

The minister said that the LNP's promise to save state residents up to $120 a year on electricity bills "is a complete farce" and does not represent a long-term plan to cut electricity costs.

Robertson stated that the price-freeze policy - which was first announced by the LNP in June of this year - has since been re-worded, but the party has kept this fact under the radar.

He said: "The LNP knows full well that a new cost-reflective electricity system will be introduced from 1 July 2012."

Robertson added that the current Queensland government is committed to getting bills down for state residents. In addition to the reforms set to be launched at the beginning of the next business year, he highlighted other measurements the current leadership has taken in the interest of consumers.

"The government has also slashed the ambulance levy from electricity bills - this means people will pay $113 less a year," he explained.

What is needed, he concluded, is a long-term energy policy, that has been drafted with responsibility, sustainability and security of supply in mind.

Of course, energy policy makes up just one part of the equation - consumers who are serious about energy prices can also take immediate action at home to reduce the impact of their bills.

These solutions can be as simple as ensuring your household uses electricity as efficiently as possible - for example, only using heating and air-conditioning systems in occupied rooms, ensuring appliances and electronics are switched off when not in use and turning the lights off when you leave a room.

For even bigger electricity savings, you might want to consider energy-efficient home improvements.

These can range from draught-proofing windows and doors to the outside to ensuring you have adequate insulation to keep your home warmer in the winter and cool in the summer.

You may also wish to investigation your options when it comes to generating your own electricity - for example, rooftop solar panels can be an investment that may save you money in the long run and help you achieve a degree of energy independence.

Finally, it is worth making enquiries to find out if you are on the best possible electricity tariff available in your area.

Contacting a switching service is a quick and easy way to do this, as they can carry out all the work on your behalf.

Posted by Charlie Moore