More people battle with cost of living

WITH the cost of living continuing to spiral higher and higher, surely the federal government’s plan to encourage state governments to sell off infrastructure and privatise their energy providers will encourage competition and push down electricity bills.

At the moment there are plenty of people who are finding it impossible to cover the cost of living, with charities increasingly being forced to help people pay their electricity bills.

More people are being forced to think about their energy usage.

It is become commonplace for people to look at saving electricity where they can, by doing everything from turning off appliances when they leave the house to going without heating in winter.

However, there would be few people more shocked to receive a power bill than Mitchell Stewart, who has asked his energy suppler to explain how he could have racked up a bill of $2227.38 in the last quarter.

With only three people living in the small home, Mr Stewart says he is at a loss to explain how this latest bill has jumped by 50 per cent since the last bill.

Luckily, the power supplier has agreed to look into his case, leaving Mr Stewart nothing to do but wait and see if he gets a reprieve.

Mr Stewart said the large bill would have a serious impact on his lifestyle, forcing him and his fiance to limit their socialising.

In fact they’ve had to stop dining out and they’ve even been forced to slash their Christmas budget.

While once it was the battlers who were having trouble paying their bills now it is average two-income households that are feeling the pinch.

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