Res­i­dents feel power bill pinch

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Mar­garet River res­i­dents are feel­ing the fi­nan­cial pres­sure af­ter re­cent Synergy bills re­flected sig­nif­i­cant hikes.

The State Govern­ment an­nounced an in­crease in elec­tric­ity tar­iff prices in June, with the sup­ply charge jump­ing from 48.89¢ to 94.9¢ a day.

Res­i­dents who own ren­tal homes or have been away have re­ported get­ting higher bills than nor­mal even if their power was turned off at the mains.

A res­i­dent told the Times when he in­quired to Synergy, his bill was not a cur­rent read­ing of the me­ter. “I con­tacted Synergy about my bill be­cause our ren­tal has been va­cant, only to find out it was an es­ti­mate,” he said.

An­other res­i­dent said Synergy told her they did an es­ti­mate be­cause the reader was un­able to get on to the prop­erty be­cause of her dog.

Synergy spokesman Doug Green said the State Govern­ment had in­creased the tar­iff, which was passed on di­rectly to the con­sumer.

Synergy said any­one with ques­tions should phone 13 13 53.

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