EVERY three months, Tania Roworth gets the same sinking feeling when her electricity bill arrives in the mail.
The Tamworth mum-of-two has tried all the usual tricks to reduce the family’s $900 quarterly bill – turning powerpoints off, washing in cold water, only using lights when needed.
But with power prices soaring up to 80 per cent over the past five years – and New England residents slugged 30 per cent more than their city counterparts for usage – her modest power savings can’t keep pace with the price increases.
The Roworths are not alone.
They’re one of thousands of families across the North West and New England forced to change the way they use electricity.
“It’s a huge impost and it’s got to the point where you just don’t know what your next bill will be,” Mrs Roworth said.
With two teenage daughters, the Roworths are not just battling higher electricity tariff rates, but skyrocketing usage.
“We just seem to use a lot more electricity than we used to, whether it’s hairdryers, computers or chargers,” Mrs Roworth said.
Frustrated with her mounting bill, Mrs Roworth called her provider Country Energy last year and automatically received a 6 per cent on-time payment discount.