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Seniors Turn off the power to try to conserve household budgets

Our community is turning off the power scared of skyrocketing electricity bills and are freezing through the winter instead of switching on heaters.

It comes as Origin Energy in Queensland announced it would increase some tariffs by more than 50 per cent -- up to an extra $400 a year for households -- to offset the carbon tax.

NSW electricity prices will rise by an average of 18 per cent, EnergyAustralia customers will cop a 20.6 per cent rise and Country Energy customers will be slapped with an extra 19.7 per cent rise.

Gas prices will jump by between nine and 15 per cent with AGL customers expected to have another $106 a year added to their gas bills.

National Seniors Australia chief executive Michael O'Neill said the older generation were fretting over increasing utilities and going without some creature comforts.

"The cost pressures are really significant because the older generation is in somewhat of a squeeze right now," he said.

"Bills are increasing but their income sources from shares and term deposits are decreasing.

"I think people are being much more conscious of using their heaters and other electrical things and are certainly seeking to balance their budget and limit the use."

Has the winter season been harder on you? We are keen to hear your stories in the comments section below - and how the cost increases have affected you personally.