4 FourFour Two News Sydney’s Nicky Hopkins says it is not unusual for homeowners in the Sydney metropolitan area to be asked to pay more for their heating equipment.
Key points:New South Wales has a new law that requires the owner to pay for their own heat in NSW, or face a fine of $1,000 per dayThe bill will be paid by electricity billsNew South and North Queensland governments are expected to announce the new laws on ThursdayMr Hopkins says the NSW government should “come out and say we want to get out of the business of having a heating bill” and that the heat is expensive.
“If you are paying $1 million for your own heating equipment and it’s going to cost you $1 billion a year to heat your house then it’s not going to be very appealing for you,” she said.
“We need to make it so people are actually paying for it.”
A new law will go into effect on January 1 that will require the owner of a home or apartment to pay the heating bill if the cost of the heating system exceeds $1m a year.
In NSW, this means the owner has to pay a total of $50 for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy used.
But Mr Hopkins says this is too expensive for many homeowners, and that some may opt not to use the system.
“I think it’s really hard for many people to get that amount of heat, it’s just not worth the money,” he said.
New South Australia Premier Jackie Trad has previously called for an increase in the cost-of-living allowance to help pay for the heating systems.
She said last year that she wanted to “put the burden on to the heaters”, but the bill will still have to be paid.
“This bill is for the heat, this is for people who use it,” she told the ABC.
“It’s not for the property or people who live there, it is for all the other people in the community.”
Ms Trad said it was “not about the heat”, but “the cost of living”.
“We have got to ensure people are not putting pressure on households to use heating,” she added.
“The cost of heat is really the main driver of people not being able to afford to heat their homes.”
Ms Hopkins said the bill for her own home in Sydney was about $200 a week.
“For me, that’s $1k a year, so I think it will be about $50 a week,” she explained.
“That’s not much money for my house, so for me, it would probably be a little bit less.”
But if I have a big family, then I might not have to spend that much.
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