Energy crisis outweighs political concerns, Roy Morgan

Ben Tosi

13 Nov 2017

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We’re more concerned with the great Aussie energy crisis than politics, immigration or terrorism according to Roy Morgan Research.

The research revealed that the most important problem facing Australians at the moment is economic issues (29%) with concerns over our energy coming in second (15%), making it a more pressing issue than politics (13%), immigration (9%) and terrorism (4%).

Roy Morgan CEO, Michele Levine, said that it is only recently that Aussies have become so concerned with how they’re going to pay their energy bills.

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“It is the sharp increase in respondents mentioning an Energy related issue as the biggest problem facing Australia that should be a major concern for the Federal Government and several State Governments facing elections in the next 12 months,” she said.

“[It is] now mentioned by over 15% of respondents up a large 11% since the last ‘issues’ survey Roy Morgan conducted in mid-2017.”

State governments, at least, are preparing practical solutions to the AEMO predicted energy shortage ahead of summer. For example, the Victorian Government are offering cash credits for those who choose to sweat it out and the Queensland Government have been spruiking a cashback offer for those who go with an energy efficient air conditioner.

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But savings are to be had irrespective of your state government’s energy plans, according to Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.

“Don’t resign yourself to shocking energy prices. Our research shows that many households can actually offset their bill increase and still have savings to bank by switching to a cheaper energy plan,” she said.

Mozo data, last month, revealed that the average energy bill has risen by 29% over the past 12 months - meaning that the potential savings on offer to Aussie customers who are willing to switch providers, have also grown.

Aussies willing to switch to the cheapest plan could now save as much as $929 with further savings on offer in 2017.

“This goes to show that even if you switched energy providers this time last year, there is a good chance that there is an even better deal out there,” she said.

If you’re ready to make the switch, check out our Energy Cost Cruncher that will help you find a great value energy plan that is just right for you or check out the energy schemes available in each state here.

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