The cost of keeping the lights on: Aussie households still feeling the energy price pinch

Ben Tosi

06 Feb 2018

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Aussies, young and old, are waiting to feel the effect of new legislation aimed at improving the transparency of rising energy bills as living expenses continue to drain family coffers, according to ME’s newest Household financial comfort report.

The thirteenth edition of ME’s annual report revealed that, although the Household Financial Comfort Index hadn’t declined over the past year (remaining stagnant at 5.49/10), Aussies were reporting significant drops in comfort when it came to paying living expenses.

“Households’ comfort with paying their monthly living expenses fell 3% to 6.40 out of 10 during the six months to December 2017, the lowest it’s been since mid-2014,” said Jeff Oughton, ME consulting economist and co-author of the report.

“In fact, ME’s latest report shows many households’ financial situation is getting worse and again the culprit is living expenses, with 40% reporting this as a key reason their situation is worsening.

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