Feeding a hungry beast as power prices go up in NSW

SYDNEYSIDERS are spending more on electricity than on fruit and vegetables.
The analysis that exposed this alarming situation also revealed that, right across Australia, we are now being forced to devote a greater proportion of our budgets to pay power bills than ever before.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics began tracking householders' electricity outlays in the mid 1970s.
After reaching a peak in 1979, power payments began a 25-year decline which cut power costs, as a share of budgets, by a sixth.
In recent times the trend has not been so friendly. The share of budgets consumed by power has risen significantly.
Australia-wide, five years ago the average household, which is 2.5 people, was spending $14.56 a week on power. Read more.