COLD COMFORT: The winter weather is starting to take its toll on the hip pocket of Queenslanders.
COLD COMFORT: The winter weather is starting to take its toll on the hip pocket of Queenslanders. Michael Doyle

Dalby hit with power price rise

THIS winter could be a costly one for Dalby residents with new research revealing that eight out of 10 Queensland households are concerned about their upcoming winter energy bill.

The Galaxy Survey, commissioned to assess the attitudes and behaviours of Queensland residents towards winter energy affordability, shows that an extra 150,000 households are likely to be concerned about their winter energy bill as compared to 2016 figures.

Laura Crowden, a spokesperson for the survey, said it was concerning that more and more Dalby households may be struggling with rising energy costs.

"Our latest research shows that more Queensland households are worried about their energy bill this winter than last year, no doubt partly due to the latest price hikes in July which will see some customers in South East Queensland pay up to $104 a year more for electricity and $88 a year extra for gas,” Ms Crowden said.

Almost 70% of Queensland households surveyed believe their energy bills have increased in the last 12 months with just 25% of Queensland respondents say they are able to pay their energy bills easily.

Ms Crowden said it's concerning that many Dalby households may be cutting back on essentials like food and clothing to afford their energy bills.

"Energy prices may also be impacting the state economy more broadly with almost 50% of Queensland households surveyed dining out less to budget for their energy costs and a further 41% t cutting back on holidays,” Ms Crowden said.

Of even more concern according to Ms Crowden is that over 500,000 households (31%) may even be cutting back on groceries to pay their energy bills, an increase of 13% on 2016 figures.

"These figures confirm our beliefs that Queensland residents are struggling more and more with energy prices and are having to cut back around the home in order to pay their energy bills.

"Although reducing your energy use or finding ways to cut back on other costs can make it easier to manage your energy bills, for many Dalby households it may just be a 'Band-Aid' solution.”


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