Paying too much for power
TWEED residents could collectively save $9.9 million on energy bills by finding the right retailer.
People on the coast who want to reduce their power bills have been urged to shop around.
Research business EngergyWatch compares different energy retailers at no charge.
EngeryWatch founder Ben Polis will be in Tweed Heads on Monday to meet the community.
Mr Polis will be asking residents in the area about their opinions on the New South Wales electricity asset sale and increasing electricity rates.
Since state deregulation, users should consider moving off their default energy retailer, the website founder said.
“EnergyWatch.com.au can save householders on the Tweed more than $9.9 million dollars by finding them a better deal on their energy,” Mr Polis said.
Last July, energy prices rose by 13 per cent increase and another increase is predicted for mid-year.
“Consumers shouldn’t accept the constant price rises, and we want people to know that they’re able to shop around for a more competitive supplier,” Mr Polis said.
“They don’t have to remain with the provider they’re currently with.”
For other ways to save power, the New South Wales government encouraged energy users to switch off lights and switch to fluorescent light bulbs.
According to Save Power New South Wales, air-conditioners account for 40 per cent of the electricity used by New South Wales households in summer.
To help conserve, Save Power suggests turning air-conditioners up to 23 to 26 degrees.
“The biggest problem is that residents do not know they have the option to choose their own electricity retailer,” Mr Polis said.