Gas And Electricity Queensland
Post on June 13th, 2015
How to Choose an Energy Company in Queensland
By investing just a few minutes of your time, you could reduce your annual power bills and start saving money on electricity and gas in Queensland. The truth is that many residents and small businesses in Queensland are wasting money on expensive power bills each year.
Yet the solution is simple. By comparing leading electricity retailers in your area, and by making a few simple changes around the house, you could save money on power prices in Queensland to put hundreds of dollars back in your bank account every year.
Are you ready to compare and save on gas and electricity in Queensland? Take a moment to fill in the form below for a fast, free quote at no obligation to you or call us directly at 1300 763 849 to potentially save money in under 5 minutes today!
Cheaper energy prices with lower gas and electricity rates in QLD
One big way to reduce how much you’re paying for your gas and electricity is by switching providers. In Queensland, we’re spoiled for choice. Recent changes to the energy market in Queensland means there’s great competition between electricity and gas retailers. There are currently over 20 different electricity and gas retailers in Brisbane for both residents and businesses, including:
- 1st Energy
- Alinta Energy
- Click Energy
- Diamond Energy
- Dodo Power and Gas
- Energy Australia
- Energy Locals
- ERM Power Retail
- Locality Planning Energy
- Lumo Energy
- Mojo Power Pty Ltd
- Momentum Energy
- Next Business Energy
- Origin Energy
- People Energy Pty Ltd
- Red Energy
- Sanctuary Energy
- Simply Energy
- Tango Energy
So have a look what else is out there. Shop around, and see where you can get a better rate, so you can start saving. Here are some tips to remember when looking around for your next gas or electricity plan:
Check the terms and conditions – A new energy plan is a big commitment, so look closely at the fine print before you agree to anything. Look to see what they say about rates, any tariffs, caveats, and terms and conditions, as these change from supplier to supplier, and make sure you’re across what you’re getting into before you switch.
What type of plan are you getting? – There are two common types of plans that you’ll find, fixed rate plans and variable plans, and the type of plan you end up choosing will make all the difference on your bill. A fixed rate plan means your usage rate is set for the whole contract, and a variable rate plan means that the usage rate can be changed as your supplier sees fit.
While suppliers generally increase their rates once a year, some suppliers are able to change their rates with as little as 28 days’ notice, which means your bill has the potentially to jump without warning. To avoid this, look for a supplier that caps their rate increases, so you can get peace of mind that there will be few, if any, changes to your rate.
Are there any fees involved? – Check to see what fees are applicable to your plan. You want to make sure you know ahead of time if you’re likely to be slugged with things like late payment fees, exit fees, and other hidden nasties.
Ask if they match rates – Electricity and gas supply is a business, so companies are eager to get you as a customer. This means that they might be willing to match or beat the rate offered by other suppliers, in an effort to get you on board. It doesn’t hurt to ask the question, and it means you can get a rate that suits you with a supplier that you trust.
How about discounts? – Again, electricity and gas retailers are all competing with each other, so you’ll find that a lot of them have discounts and deals on offer, that can help to reduce your bill. It might be something as simple as a discount for email correspondence, or for direct debit billing, or even for paying on time. So ask the question, and see what your potential new suppler has available.
Compare and Switch – To make sure you keep a competitive edge on your gas and electricity plans, it’s recommended that you think about changing your plan every 12 to 24 months. This means you can take advantage of the competition available in the market, and even advances in technology that might occur.
Reduce your energy use and save
According to the Australian Energy Regulator, it’s easy to save money on electricity and natural gas bills by using a few important tips around the house. Conserving electricity and natural gas is not only good for your budget, but it also helps to benefit the environment.
Here’s how to make your home more energy efficient to reduce expensive power bills even further:
Run your larger appliances, like your dishwasher or washing machine, during off-peak hours. This means you’ll be charged less for your power use. This not only saves you money, but if you only run your dishwasher once a day you’ll save on your water use too. Check with your suppler to find out when their peak hours are.
When you go on vacation, clean out your freezer and refrigerator and switch them off to conserve energy.
Make your refrigerator more energy-efficient by maintaining good ventilation on the back of the appliance. Pull it away from the wall to reduce the operating cost of your refrigerator by 15%.
Don’t keep the thermostat on your freezer or refrigerator too low since it will waste unnecessary electricity. A refrigerator should be kept no less than 3°C.
Also, if you’ve got a household of four or less, you probably only need one fridge. Running two fridges, especially older models, using two (or more) times the amount of electricity, so reducing your needs to one fridge can save you up to around $200 a year.
To reduce heat loss and conserve energy when cooking, cover pots and pans on the stove.
When cooking a small meal, don’t waste energy heating up the oven; use the microwave instead.
Washing and drying
It might sound like an obvious one, but wash your clothes in cold water to save money on your gas bill. Not only will it reduce your energy use, but also help you avoid any embarrassing colour mishaps.
Dry your clothes outside. Our beautiful Aussie weather is perfect for this, and it uses much less energy. Drying four loads of laundry outside, as opposed to using your dryer, can help you save almost $150 on your bill.
Ask family members to turn off lights in rooms that are not in use.
Switch regular light bulbs with energy-saving light bulbs to reduce power costs significantly. Energy-saving bulbs use around 25% less electricity than a regular bulb, meaning big savings over the course of a year.
Keep your house temperature stable at 23°C to 26°C in warm weather and 18°C to 21°C in cold weather. For every degree that you increase or decrease it (depending on the weather) you’ll save approximate 10% on the cost of electricity it uses. And really, you won’t notice a degree or two at all.
Use fans instead of an air conditioner whenever possible. Using a fan is much more energy efficient, and they’re a cheap investment, starting at around $20 from any homewares store. For even just one power bill, using your fan instead of the air conditioner works out to be around 80% cheaper to run, which means you can save up to $200 a year on your bill.
Conserve the energy you already have, and try using natural heating or cooling methods. Keeping your blinds, windows, and curtains closed during the day in summer stops the sun’s heat from getting in, which helps to keep your house cooler. When the sun sets, all you need to do is open up your windows and let in the cooler evening air.
Turn off heating and cooling units at night. If you really need them to help yourself get to sleep, set them on a timer.
Turn off TVs, computers, printers, microwaves, and stereo equipment when not in use for more than a half-hour.
Plug all electronics into one power strip that you can easily turn off at the end of the day to conserve power at night.
Saving money on your electricity bill is something you can do as easily as flicking a switch, so why not start making some changes today?
For help making bigger changes, we’ve got you covered.
How to compare electricity providers
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