Another large electricity bill in Wilsonton. Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle
Another large electricity bill in Wilsonton. Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle Nev Madsen

How you can avoid bill shock this summer

NORTH Burnett residents should be bracing for expensive energy bills over the summer with electricity bills on the rise.

North Burnett resident Maria McCosker and her family converted some of their power over to solar three years ago.

"We went to solar to try and keep our bills down," Mrs McCosker said.

"Our first bills had us in credit but then each bill since seems to be increasing in price."

Energy comparison service iSelect has released figures from a national Galaxy Survey with their findings backing up the claim of rising prices.

According to the survey 23% of Queensland households have to cut back on other expenses in order to pay their energy bills.

iSelect spokesperson Laura Crowden believes an above average summer forecast will lead to many households in the Burnett being slapped with greater bills.

"Most of us are prepared for large winter energy bills but higher-than-expected bills during summer can often take us by surprise," Ms Crowden said.

"Keeping air-conditioners running around-the-clock and the extra energy consumed by kids at home during the school holidays can result in a summer energy bill shock."

The Galaxy Survey also discovered that 62% of Queensland households reported an increase in their energy bills over the past 12 months.

As a family of five Mrs McCosker remains vigilant in doing everything she can to lower her energy usage.

"Things like lights and hot showers are limited and kept to a minimum," Mrs McCosker said.

"I tend to try and cook with the microwave more because it is the cheapest energy appliance to run in the house."

It is small things like this that Burnett residents are encouraged to think about over summer to prevent that bill shock in the New Year.


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