There was a time when most essential services were supplied by Government monopolies… Nowadays it seems these are mostly sold off to the private sector that has marked everything up to supply dividends to shareholders – not just cover the cost of services. Private health insurance is next even though they have made it essential given taxation penalties!
Middle class people are now increasingly suffering and the retired are in a bad way already. In South Australia the emergency services levy has gone up hundreds of percent, electricity distribution markups likewise no matter what you use, and gas is expected to go through the roof given its export potential and imminent free trade agreements. No thought for the domestic community in these new Government initiatives!
We need new regulatory frameworks and affordable storage technologies to let households get off the grid before they have to retire! Currently you are prevented from doing so if utilities run past your property!