Another Way to Cutting Your Energy Bills – Switch Energy Providers

 

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With electricity prices rising approximately 117% since 2008 it is more important than ever for Australians to keep an eye on their energy consumption and utility bills.

Aussies experience some of the highest electricity prices in the world with the average household being burdened with bills of over $1,500 p.a.

There is another simple way that Australian’s can keep their energy bills down and that is by regularly switching electricity and gas providers. The energy industry is a highly competitive marketplace and as a result, energy retailers are always offering different plans, deals and discounts to win your business.

Why change providers? It’s so much hassle! Is it really??!

You may be saying to yourself “I can’t be bothered with the hassle of changing providers”, but what you may not realise is just how easy this process is.

Many energy comparison tools can help you switch energy retailers within minutes and in the comfort of your home. Aussies can now compare their energy & gas bills online with other providers to reduce the cost of their bills and make the switch online without hassle from sales reps.

Choosing your new energy provider – What to look out for

When choosing your deal and energy provider, make sure you understand the contract and watch out for any hidden fees, ‘lock-in’ contracts or early cancellation fees. As you do not want any surprises!

Once you have chosen your energy provider, you can complete the switch online! Your new energy provider will organise everything and you should receive a welcome pack either in the mail or online.

Please note that your old provider may ask for a final meter reading so they can arrange for a final bill. This can take a few days or weeks so when the switch over has been made, take a picture of your meter so you have the energy consumption.

Can I change energy provides in my state?

Some states are being regulated meaning that not all households have both options of switching electricity or gas retailers.

Take a look at the table below to see if you can switch energy retailers in your area.

State Can I switch energy providers? Can I switch gas providers?
New South Wales Yes Yes
Victoria Yes Yes
Queensland Yes Yes
South Australia Yes Yes
Western Australia No Yes
Tasmania Yes Yes
Australian Capital Territory Yes Yes
Northern Territory No No

 
I want to see how much I can save with my electricity/gas bills. Where can I do that?

Solar Market has launched another way to cut your power bills by comparing your energy bills with other providers and then making the switch online. It’s a free, no obligation tool where you can compare electricity, gas or both. Plus, you can switch online at the comfort of your home!

The energy comparison tool provides a custom comparison based on your energy usage and will compare your energy usage and cost in your local area.

If you find an energy plan you’d like to sign up with or change to, they can complete the connection online within minutes.

 

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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