Households to have power to compare electricity bills

Australian households will have the power to compare electricity bills following a new intiative being launched by the Federal government.

The government is running a 5-month online survey that will analyse the bills with household demographics, heating methods and size of home.

It's intended to provide transparent information on a customers bills so they can assess whether or not they are paying too much and using too much.

The goal appears to be to encourage high energy users to reduce their already inflated usage levels.

Federal Energy Minister Martin Ferguson said the information would be used by electricity companies next year and would hopefully help people lower bills.

"Bill benchmarking should motivate consumers with above-average energy consumption to implement energy efficiency improvements," Mr Ferguson said.