The Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) faces a 30 per cent increase in electricity for the month of July, well above the 9 per cent increase predicted by the Federal Government.
Headmaster Jonathan Hensman said Churchie had struggled to become energy-efficient, employing everything from external louvres to power factor connection mechanisms to stop power leakage. Now he estimates the school will have to find an extra $1400 a week to meet the cost of the carbon tax.
“Given what we have done it’s a bit disappointing,” he said.
He said that in the post-GST environment, passing on the cost to parents through higher fees was not an option.
Electricity broker Peter Phillips said several schools were reeling from the steep increases.