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Sydney Residents To Be Faced With A Difficult Decision

A new trial announced by the government could put cash-strapped households in a difficult position as the weather heats up.

Families and small businesses across NSW will be sent messages under the $36 million scheme asking them to turn their electrical appliances - like air conditioners, for example - off as the mercury soars.

In return, more than 10,000 AGL customers will have their electricity bills slashed as the government works to reduce the strain on the state's limited energy supply.

It could make for a seriously uncomfortable summer for families looking to save money wherever possible, with the text messages urging users to turn down their air con and cut back on the amount of fans and other electrical appliances that are in use.

But Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg pointed out that similar tactics rolled out in other countries have had positive results.

"Demand response is successfully used overseas in countries such as the US and New Zealand as a cost effective way of managing demand and price spikes, as well as avoiding unplanned outages," Mr Frydenberg said.

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