Electricity costs blow out for older Queenslanders

Seniors in Queensland can expect to see their electricity bills rise by approximately $200 a year after the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) announced significant price increases.

Average electricity charges for smaller senior households will increase by 16 per cent from 1 July 2014, meaning an approximate $200 annual increase on the average bill for seniors.

This is much more than the typical residential customer which will face an average 13.6 per cent increase.

Michael O’Neill said the charges would hit the hip-pocket of all seniors, especially struggling pensioners.

“These increases are again punishing pensioners and other seniors who are low energy users,’’ O’Neill said.

“Many will go without their heaters in winters and their fans/air conditioning in summer because they simply can’t afford the escalating prices.

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