Discover energy saving tips for NSW residents! Cut costs and reduce electricity consumption with these practical solutions.
There’s a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing an energy supplier in New South Wales.
Thanks to electricity deregulation in ‘The Premier State’, customers are benefiting from a massive selection of retailers and lower prices. With so many options available, here’s how to choose the right plan for your needs.
In 2014, the NSW Government deregulated the electricity retail market with an aim to increase competition and drive down prices. This means residents of New South Wales can compare their energy plans from a range of different retailers so they can save money on their bills.
A 2015 study showed that almost 40% of households haven’t compared prices and switched to a cheaper plan since they signed up. The same report showed households could save as much as $522 by switching to the lowest-priced available offer, on average.
There are three electricity distributors (the companies that produce power and maintain the lines): Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, and Essential Energy. Your location determines your distributor. However, retailers package up tariffs and deals and offer them to the general public.
The major retailers in NSW include AGL, Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia, PowerDirect, QEnergy, RED Energy, and Simply Energy.
Like many other states in Australia, you can choose from a range of retailers that service your area. It’s up to you to pick the best one for you or your family based on the plans they offer. This is why so many NSW residents use comparison sites. However, they may not give you the cheapest options – more on that later.
If you have a Senior card, or health care card, or are experiencing financial difficulty, you may be eligible for government-mandated discounts on electricity bills.
Pensioners and concession cardholders may be eligible for an Electricity Rebate. Low-income households who are dealing with a temporary financial emergency may be eligible for the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme. Households and families receiving the Commonwealth Government Family Tax Benefit A or B can also apply for the Home Energy Rebate Scheme.
Comparing the electricity market is now simpler than ever thanks to energy comparison websites. A lot of them are quite useful. However, some of the leading websites push certain plans over others to earn commissions. Others will pressure you to sign up for a plan you don’t really need over the phone. They might even show you plans with big discounts, but they may not always be cheaper.
By using Econnex, you can compare energy plans in your area and see how much you can save in dollars terms – with and without discounts. You can sign up online, so you don’t need to call anyone or have anyone call you.