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|
|Australian Capital Territory||Yes||Yes|
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.