In­put can shape your power bill

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

YOU can have your say on the state’s elec­tric­ity fu­ture through the Queens­land House­hold En­ergy Sur­vey.

The an­nual on­line sur­vey of­fers Queens­lan­ders the chance to high­light their cur­rent and fu­ture elec­tric­ity needs – as well as their con­cerns – and sug­gest op­por­tu­ni­ties for gov­ern­ment owned power com­pa­nies.

En­ergy Queens­land CEO David Smales said in­for­ma­tion col­lected through the QHES as­sists the state’s power com­pa­nies – which in­cludes the En­ergy Queens­land Group of En­ergex and Er­gon En­ergy, as well as Pow­er­link Queens­land – to bet­ter un­der­stand how Queens­lan­ders are cur­rently us­ing power and how they plan to use it in the fu­ture.

“The QHES al­lows us to bet­ter tar­get our plan­ning of the state’s power net­works in terms of the im­pacts of new tech­nol­ogy be­ing adopted by home­own­ers and how we can bet­ter man­age our in­fra­struc­ture to keep pace with the com­mu­nity’s ever-chang­ing de­mand for en­ergy,” Mr Smales said.

“The in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by previous years’ re­spon­dents also as­sisted us in de­vel­op­ing ad­vanced tar­iff op­tions, in­clud­ing changes to reg­u­la­tions al­low­ing peo­ple to charge their elec­tric ve­hi­cles and run en­ergy-hun­gry ap­pli­ances us­ing cheaper off peak power.”

Pow­er­link Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mer­ryn York urged Queens­lan­ders to take part in this year’s sur­vey say­ing their in­put was im­per­a­tive to en­sure the state’s power net­works un­der­stand what is re­quired to meet their needs.

Par­tic­i­pants in this year’s sur­vey can take part by log­ging onto talkin­genergy.com.au/qhes and will also have the chance to win a $100 gift voucher.

The sur­vey will run un­til 3 De­cem­ber 2018.

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