Post on June 12th, 2015
Fast electricity connection in NSW and Sydney
New South Wales is the largest electricity market in Australia. The market provides power to over three million electricity connections across the entire state of NSW, with three million residential and 350,000 business customers. The New South Wales government works with IPART to set maximum electricity prices that can be charged to residents on regulated price plans each year.Read below to find cheaper electricity connection in NSW and Sydney.
Electricity companies have the option to charge either above or below these regulated prices for customers on market contracts, although this occurs very rarely. Most electricity retailers in New South Wales use first the regulated prices, and then offer additional discounts to customers.
How quickly can your power and gas be connected in NSW?
The New South Wales market is broken up into three electricity networks:
Each electricity distributor looks after a particular geographic area, where they own the poles and wires. Here they read the meters, and are also responsible for arranging electricity connections and disconnections for residential homes and businesses. Depending on which area you live in, that will determine the timeframe required to get your power connected.
Generally speaking, it is possible to connect your power within just two business days.
Process for getting an electricity connection in NSW
- Contact ElectricityWizard on 1300 359 779 and press option 3. This will connect you with our specialist Move In department.
- We will help you find the electricity supplier that best meets your needs. We will work with you to ensure that any supplier contract offers you rates in your favour, and the terms and conditions that best suit your wants.
- Once a power supplier is chosen, we will then arrange for all of your details to be passed through to your chosen retailer and arrange to have your power connected on your chosen date.
- Be prepared that you might have to be present for a visual inspection at your new home or business when the distributor comes to connect your meter.
- In many cases, ElectricityWizard is able to organize a power connection in a shorter timeframe than most other brokers as we have direct lines into our preferred supplier’s Move In departments.
- Sit back, relax, and everything will be taken care of.
Electricity and gas connection fees for NSW and Sydney
The fees charged for an electricity connection in New South Wales depend on three factors:
- The timeframe you have allocated for your move in.
- The distributor that looks after the meters in your area.
- The type of connection (i.e. Is there a meter currently there, or has it been removed?).
To learn more about how much your electricity connection in NSW will cost, call the specialist Move In department of ElectricityWizard on 1300 359 779 and speak with your energy consultant today. They will explain all the specific fees and charges to get your power connected and find you the most suitable option. As with all our services, you don’t pay us a cent for the service we provide.
Cooling off period for connection: can I change my mind?
For a new electricity connection in NSW, the legal time frame required to be given if you change your mind when moving home or business is five business days. During this time you may cancel any agreements made at no cost to you. We advise you to select the right supplier upfront. This will save you many headaches down the line.
Selecting the supplier for your electricity connection in NSW
With so many suppliers now available in the electricity market today, it might seem daunting to make a selection that will benefit you in the long term. But not to worry—there are a few things you can look at, that will give you an indication of whether they will provide you with a plan that’s right for you. To select the energy supplier that best meets your needs in New South Wales and Sydney, there are a few factors that we recommend you look at.
Your usage rates and your supply charge fall into this category, as does the tariff you will be on. Your supply charge is the fee you get charged for having electricity supplied to your home. Your tariff is essentially the way that you get charged for your electricity.
There are a few general types of tariffs your plan will fall under, each of which will change your charges. These are:
- Single rate tariff – The single rate tariff is just what it sounds like, one flat rate that your energy use is charged at, regardless of the time you use it. In some circumstances a single rate tariff can be lower than other tariffs, which is beneficial if you use the bulk of your electricity during peak times.
- Time of use tariff – A time of use tariff means that your electricity will be charged at different rates depending on the time of day. This means you might get charged more during peak electricity use hours (check with your supplier to see when these are), less during off-peak hours (usually overnight), or a middling amount during the shoulder time. The “shoulder” period occurs in between the peak and off-peak, and is usually slightly less than peak.
- Controlled load tariff – Some appliances which you have in your home are charged their own separate tariff, called a controlled load tariff. These are generally bigger, higher-draw appliances like electric hot water systems, pool pumps, and underfloor heating systems. A controlled load tariff only applies to the one appliance, which will generally have its own meter, and is usually lower than other tariffs.
Type of plan
For the most part there will be two general types of electricity plans you’ll find: variable rate plans and fixed rate plans. The majority of plans you’ll look at are variable plans, which means that the usage rate you get charged can go up or down, depending on wholesale energy prices, or at the supplier’s discretion.
A fixed rate plan means you’re locked in to one usage rate for the term of your contract, so it will always remain the same. Fixed rate plans are usually only offered by the larger power companies, so you may not see these types of plans as often as you’d like. However, they can be beneficial as they’ll give you peace of mind that your rate won’t change on you unexpectedly, meaning you get a better way to manage your energy costs.
As a way to be seen as offering a better deal, many suppliers offer a number of discounts on their rates or plans. It may be for the simple act of paying your bill on time, every time; or even for things like setting up direct debit for your billing, or opting to switch to email correspondence. This is usually measured in the form of a percentage or credit to your bill.
So check with your supplier about what discounts they offer. But be sure to determine what portion of your bill it’s for, and the length of the discount. Depending on your circumstances, a flat discount rate may work out better than a monetary discount applied to your bill—and a discount that covers the entire term of your contract is always better than one that doesn’t.
With the current state of rising utility costs, you want to be sure that your supplier will actually help you save money, when compared to your existing plan. Make sure that your supplier provides you with a cap on rate rises. If not, avoid them at all costs.
An electricity plan is a long-term relationship, so make sure you’re not locking yourself into anything you’ll regret. Check to see how long you’re required to stay with your supplier. You might like to compare suppliers and rates every 12 or so months (which we recommend you do), so you want to make sure they aren’t likely to charge any fees for leaving your contract early.
Exit fees/Moving home fees
While you can plan for the future, you can’t base where you live on your electricity plan. To give you more freedom, check to see if your supplier will charge you an exit fee for if you move home and have to change suppliers—or even if you find a better deal and want to make the switch.
With the number of suppliers active in the electricity market today, this gives you a competitive edge, and a lot of companies these days are willing to match, or even beat, rates set by competing companies. So ask the question when you’re looking around and comparing suppliers. This gives you the opportunity to find a supplier that you prefer, and get a better rate at the same time.
It might all sound like a lot to take in, but the good news is that ElectricityWizard is here to help you. We’ll look at all these factors for you, and answer all questions quickly and easily. We are here so that you can just get on with your move confident you have your hands on a great deal, and can think about more important things.
Connect my power in New South Wales!
Call the moving homes department on 1300 359 779 now to find the right deal for you.
ElectricityWizard can help you find the most suitable electricity supplier and help you get your power connected. We ensure that you get not only a good deal today, but that you secure a great deal over the next 24 months.