Residents feel power bill pinch
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.