Pressure group's twitching switch

GST should be removed from power bills to bring electricity in line with water and sewerage charges, a recently formed pressure group is arguing.

The Association of Domestic Informed Energy Users Incorporated, or ADIEU, has seven members including three in the Hunter.

Co-founder, Toronto businessman Bruce Hodgkinson, says GST should never have been applied to electricity because it is an essential of modern life.

Mr Hodgkinson, who advises commercial electricity users on ways to reduce their power bills, said careful planning could easily cut 20 per cent or more from household power consumption.

"Just boiling enough water for your cup of tea instead of a full jug," will save you considerably," Mr Hodgkinson said.

"Don't stand at the fridge door looking in. A fridge with the door shut uses far less electricity than one constantly losing temperature because it's being opened and shut all the time."

Mr Hodgkinson said the 18 per cent to 20 per cent electricity increases granted to NSW retailers was clearly excessive.

He applauded Queensland premier Campbell Newman, who in April ordered a freeze on domestic electricity tariffs, saving householders in that state an estimated $60 million in the coming financial year.

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