Households in South Australia face utility bill hike

More people in South Australia may need to raid their savings accounts in the near future, as utility bills in the area are expected to rise by 16 per cent compared to last year.

A study conducted by the Advertiser has suggested that Aussies living in this part of the country will have to find an additional $466 to pay for essential services.

Overall, the average household in the region will be paying around $3,231 a year.

SA Water customers have been warned that their bills will increase by around $72 this year, while gas supplier Envestra has announced that tariffs are likely to rise by $42.

This is worrying news for hard-up people in the area and leaders at the South Australian Council of Social Service have indicated the hikes will hit the poorest members of society hardest.

"The impacts are profound, particularly for people with the lowest incomes in South Australia," commented executive director at the organisation Ross Womersley.

According to reports in the Herald Sun, some homeowners in Victoria are expected to see their collective power bills increase by $130 million between 2013 and 2015.

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