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Pricey power bills

Saturday, 7th July, 2012

BH residents ‘spend more than average’

By Erica Visser

New data suggests that Broken Hill residents spent almost $1000 more on their power bills per year when compared to that of NSW.

The results, from One Big Switch, suggest that Broken Hill residents spend approximately $3053 per year whilst the State average sits at $2110.57.

The National average sits higher than the State at around $2500.

The research was completed as part of a campaign to encourage residents to switch to better deals for utilities.

Campaign Director, Christopher Zinn, said that those within rural areas generally paid more than those within large cities.

“We’ve had great interest from rural and regional areas where electricity bills can be higher due

to the higher cost of electricity and also greater usage due to the heating and cooling requirements of their particular locality,” Mr Zinn said.

“There’s no limit on the numbers who can join the campaign and we encourage the people of Broken Hill to throw their hat in the ring.

“There’s no cost or obligation. To register, simply go to www. BigElectricitySwitch. com.au.”

Origin Energy, which manages the billing side of Country Energy, refused to say whether the information was reflective of its Broken Hill customers.

A spokesperson for the company said that prices are influenced by more than just location.

“There are a number of variables that affect a customer’s electricity bill, including consumption, tariff, location and the type offer they are contracted to,” the spokesperson said.

“If customers are reviewing their current energy arrangements, they should call their energy provider first to ensure they understand their current pricing and to discuss what offers are available.

Customers can call us on 13 23 56.”

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