POWER companies are accused of deliberately confusing customers and finding loopholes to charge more, sparking the consumer watchdog to consider extraordinary laws so households are no longer worse off.

In a shocking blowtorch to be released today, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has laid bare the cost of high power prices - families going without food, medical help and school needs.

The ACCC has found the national electricity market has created "serious affordability" problems that are hurting households and businesses.

And in findings likely to be seized on by state Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls, ACCC chairman Rod Sims has estimated Queenslanders paid the most to turn on their lights in 2016-17.

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