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How muchDo people get slugged for electricity. Got our winter bill $920!!! Looked at used charges and they have gone up ALOT and daily supply charge as well. We only got $48 out of our solar panels as well we get only 10c FIT. We are with Origin.We live in SA and get the worst discounts along with QLD. Also we in SA pay highest charges in THE WORLD for electricity here. Who are other people with for electricity? So sick of high bills and being shafted.


Posted by Jujubear79, 1st October 2019


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  • we have big bills too and seriously thinking of solar panels. We turn of appliances at at the power point, are very good at not leaving lights on etc. Will check our fridge seals though as it is getting old and Ive heard fridges can chew up a lot of electricity if not running effectively.


  • That does seem rather high, especially with solar. Make sure your windows have thick curtains, preferably to the floor, to keep in heat, in winter. Use draught stoppers on doors. Put on an extra layer if possible rather than the heater. If you use the oven, try and cook two meals worth at a time. All the little things may help. Oh and change companies. Origin is known for being expensive,


  • Is there a website that you can compare companies?


  • We are 3 adults with simply energy. Average $300 a quarter in Victoria


  • Ours was almost that over winter too and we are with Origin also (in NSW). We are also in an apartment with no access to a clothes line and not even allowed to dry things on balconies which is ridiculous so we use the dryer a lot. We found, when we had to get a new washing machine, our new one was much more energy efficient and uses less water so if we wash in hot water (I work in a vet clinic so need to wash things very well), our energy use is less with the newer appliance. I think I might consider swapping from Origin also as they just continue to climb even though we use less.


  • Yes its terrible but also worked out how we use it in the household affects the monthly rates. EG. How long do you turn the lights on a given day/night, how often do you cook , Is your PC on sleep most days or is it used everyday etc. Even charging your mobile makes a difference . Also of your the only one that cares and no one else does , it wont help either. Split the bills with your adult children if they still live at home and hopefully they have casual jobs !


  • SA here energy Australia $600 winter bill just switched to origin as I needed a gas supply added first month’s bill $150 for gas and electric


  • Does your state government offer house audits to suggest ways to save energy?


  • We pay anywhere from $800-$1000 per quarter.


  • Shorter showers can also help reduce costs.


  • How much shade does your solar panels get on them? If you have a higher building or trees shading them you may not be getting much benefit from them. Does your family leave lights on when not being used, watch TV, use computer a lot, leave things on standby (they are still using some electricity, do you do small loads of washing instead of full or medium loads? Some people have switched to Simply Energy for lower costs.


  • Our winter bill is only about half that but we don’t use any heating or airconditioning, which is a major cost. Our home is open plan which would cost a lot to heat so we just wear more clothing during the colder months and we use fans instead of airconditioning in the summer. It’s not as comfortable but we don’t get huge bills.


  • Wow i think change providers. Mine are usually around the 300 mark


  • Fellow South Aussie here – our charges and rates are absolutely ridiculous!!

    We pay around $800-900 now as an average bill, more during summer & winter :(


  • I just switched from Origin to Red Energy. I liked that they were Aussie owned and operated and that their rates seemed cheaper/fairer. I have only just switched over so I can’t comment yet as to what they’re like but I’m hoping for cheaper electricity & gas bills


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