Advertiser FeaturesAdelaide’s electricity bill is set to rise again by $10 a year over the next three years.
But how will Adelaide’s motorists be able to afford the jump?
Adelaide City Council says a rise in gas prices could cost motorists around $600.
While the council says the electricity bill will go up in the short term, it expects the average monthly electricity bill to increase by around $1.20 in the longer term.
The council says it expects people to pay about $400 a year more for their electricity.
However, there’s no easy way for motorists to cut the cost of the increase.
Council president Peter Robinson says the council is working on the “bigger picture” and has put in place a plan to increase the rates of electricity for residents.
“If we can’t figure out how to get the rate down to where we’re not going to see any increase in the next couple of years, then we’re going to have to take a hard look at what we’re doing to mitigate the impacts of the cost increases on the average consumer,” he said.
“There’s no magic bullet for the consumer.”
“The council is aware of the concerns that have been raised in the community,” Robinson said.
He said the council has taken a series of steps to reduce the impact of the rise on motorists.
A new charge will apply to the first $300 of bills for new cars.
In the meantime, a $10 discount for the first two years of a car’s ownership will be offered.
The council has also said it will offer motorists a 10 per cent discount on their next two or three years of petrol and $3.75 discount on diesel.
To offset some of the increases, it will be imposing an annual cap on how much petrol can be used.
This means motorists will only be able use around two-thirds of their available fuel.
Residents will also be required to pay a $25 penalty for every litre of diesel they use.
If you have a question about the electricity price increase, contact your local council office.
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