How many people in Australia, Canada and the USA argue with their loved ones over electricity bills?
Electricity is a crucial utility vital to the functioning of a modern home. While everyone needs it, the electricity bills that come with it we would surely rather do without. Energy bills can be stressful and strain household budgets, creating a source of tension in the family or household. The energy crisis of 2022 only served to make things worse.
To get a better understanding of how much stress electricity bills are causing households, the energy experts at Compare the Market ran a survey of adults in Australia, Canada and the USA, receiving more than 3,000 responses.
Here’s what we found.
Roughly one in three people have arguments with household members over electricity bills
For most people, electricity bills don’t cause arguments, however, across all three nations in our survey, one third of people admitted to having had arguments regarding their power bills. Canada had the highest proportion of people arguing over electricity bills, with 38.6% of respondents saying they had arguments with household members.
In comparison, the USA had the smallest amount with 27.8% of respondents arguing over power bills, while Australians sat in the middle at 35.4%.
Different age groups were more likely than others to have these arguments. Australians and Americans aged 18-24 were the most likely to say they had arguments with household members over power bills (42.3% and 47.6% respectively), while in Canada it was 25–34-year olds (57.8%).
In contrast, those aged 65 and above were the least likely to report having arguments over electricity bills, and this was true in all countries. Only 17.3% in Australia, 13.5% in Canada and 13.2% of USA respondents in this age group reported arguing over electricity costs.
Additionally, most people across all three nations noted that the ongoing energy crisis from 2022 has made these disagreements more frequent and intense (63.5% in Australia, 63.7% in Canada, and 64.5% in the USA).
When this data is broken down by age, younger generations who did have arguments over energy bills were more likely to say the energy crisis has made these arguments worse in comparison to older generations.
Has the energy crisis made arguments more frequent and/or intense?