Sydneysiders 'stressed' about electricity bills

Many Australians are "feeling stressed" about electricity prices, as well as other utilities, such as gas and water.

Quantum Market Research senior project consultant Nick Dawes told the Daily Telegraph that as these costs are generally out of the hands of the general public, they can result in "disempowerment and lack of control".

He explained: "We can choose to cut back on food, but we can't stop using electricity."

Australians, however, are making cuts where they can in an effort to save money - including purchasing chicken rather than red meat and only buying seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures obtained by the newspaper show that electricity prices have risen by an average of 91 per cent during the past decade, while the cost of other utilities has increased by 96 per cent.

If you are concerned about the cost of your electricity or gas bill, you can take simple measures to boost energy efficiency in your home - these include draught-proofing windows and doors, in addition to only using heaters or air conditioners when absolutely necessary.

An electricity comparison and switching service might also be able to tell you if you are eligible for a better deal from another provider in your area.

Posted by Charlie Moore