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Synergy Announces WA Electricity Price Increase from July 1st 2021

 

The Western Australian State Government, in association with Synergy, have recently approved price increases to specific residential and business electricity tariffs. Synergy announced that the changes will come into place on the 1st July 2021 and will see electricity prices increase by 1.75%, meaning West Aussies will soon be forking out even more on their power bills.

Now, you might be thinking that 1.75% isn’t much… and you’re right. However, according to the Australian Energy Market Commission, the annual electricity bill for a typical residential customer increased from $1,566 in 2017/18 to $1,769 in 2019/20. That’s an increase of $203 in just two years. Furthermore. this new increase, the annual electricity bill for a typical residential customer is set to jump up to just over $1,886. That’s another noticeable increase, this time by $117 in just two years.

Can I See the Synergy Price Increases for Myself?

If you’re with Synergy, check out the table below to see if the changes coming into place will make a difference to your bill. If your plan is included in the table, you’ll be able to see what you can expect to pay for supply charges and electricity charges from the 1st July 2021. You can see the complete list of changes, including for businesses, by clicking here. If you need some help with paying your power bill, Synergy also offer support services to customers.

New Prices (inc. GST)
Home Plan (A1)
Supply Charge$1.05 per day
Electricity Charge29.32 cents per unit
Smart Home Plan
Supply Charge$1.05 per day
Everyday Off-Peak Electricity Charge15.36 cents per unit
Weekend Shoulder Electricity Charge29.21 cents per unit
Weekday Shoulder Electricity Charge29.21 cents per unit
Peak Electricity Charge55.77 cents per unit
EV Home Plan
Supply Charge$1.05 per day
Standard Home Electricity Charge29.32 cents per unit
Everyday EV Off-Peak Electricity Charge20.46 cents per unit
Home Business Plan (K1)
Supply Charge$1.85 per day
Electricity Charge (0-20 Units Per Day)30.63 cents per unit
Electricity Charge (20-1,650 Units Per Day)28.87 cents per unit
Electricity Charge (Over 1,650 Units Per Day)32.55 cents per unit

How Can I Make My Power Bill Cheaper?

It’s normal to be wondering how you can reduce the cost of your power bill when the prices just keep increasing. One way you can do this is through making the switch to solar… and in terms of sunshine, WA is blessed. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Perth sees a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, and the amount only increases as we move further up the coast. Additionally, Albany, Esperance and other areas south of Perth even get a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine each day on average. We’d even go as far to say that WA is giving Queensland a run for its money when it comes to being known as the sunshine state. Click below to take our solar quiz and see what system size would work for you!

Why Should I Get Solar in WA?

According to the Clean Energy Regulator, Western Australia has seen an increase in solar installations every single year since 2015.

  • In 2015, WA had 20,797 small-scale solar installations.
  • 2016 saw 24,199 small-scale solar installations in WA.
  • In 2017, WA had 31,404 small-scale solar installations.
  • 2018 saw 33,112 small-scale solar installations in WA
  • In 2019, WA had 36,653 small-scale solar installations.
  • In 2020, WA had its second-biggest year for solar ever, with 48,019 small-scale installations.

If you’re getting serious about making the switch to solar, but you don’t know too much about it, we’re here to help! With a quick return-on-investment, solar is a great way to do your bit for the planet AND save money on your power bills! Additionally, installing a solar power system at your home will increase its value on the market, which means you can sell it for more if you decide to move. If you want to know what your individual return-on-investment would be, or even what you could save for, use our free solar calculator! Otherwise, you can read more about the benefits of installing solar here. However, if you’re already keen on installing but not sure about pricing, you can fill out our quick and easy form to get 3 free quotes from local installers.

 

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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