Just like us, our energy bills experience the ups and downs of life.
Just like us, our energy bills experience the ups and downs of life. Particularly as the seasons change, so too do our energy bills. And while summer means endless hours spent running through the sprinkler and chasing the Mr Whippy van down the street, it could also mean expensive summer energy bills.
But the good news is, you don’t have to sweat through summer worried about your air-con usage. There are more practical ways that could help lower the cost of your summer energy bill that involve finding a suitable plan to begin with.
Opt for Flexible Payment Options
If you’ve ever opened your energy bill at the end of summer, you’d know it can be real shocker. However, this shock could be avoided by choosing to opt for flexible payment options.
Most energy retailers allow you to pay your bills weekly, fortnightly, or monthly or to sign up for bill smoothing. Bill smoothing may bring you some peace of mind when opening your seasonal energy bills as it divides your predicted annual usage into even monthly instalments.
Many Aussie families benefit from this option as it helps them to better manage their bills and avoid energy bill shock.
Avoid Paying the “Lazy Tax”
If you haven’t reviewed your energy plan within the past two years, chances are you could be paying the ‘lazy tax’. The lazy tax is the money we waste simply because we haven’t found the time to shop around and compare our energy plan with others.
It’s important to remember that most energy discounts generally change after a year or two and after this time you could be rolled over onto a higher-priced plan. Retailers are required to notify you when your discount period ends and this should be your prompt to compare energy plans*.
But between doing back-to-back performances as “Santa” and “Elf on the Shelf” this festive season, who has the time to sit down and review a range of different plans?
There are comparison services like iSelect who can help with the hard work. In a quick call, their trained energy consultants can do the hard work for you to help you select a suitable energy plan from their range of energy providers*.
Don’t Default to the Default
In an effort to end confusing energy discounts and protect customers from the lazy tax, in 2019, ‘default energy offers’ were introduced in NSW, South Australia, Victoria and South-East Queensland.
The default offer acts as a ‘benchmark’ against which all discounted offers are compared, making it easier to compare different energy plans and figure out which one will be suitable.
If you haven’t changed energy plans or providers for many years, you may be on a default offer.
While the default offer is a great fall back for those who cannot shop around for whatever reason, they will unfortunately almost always be more expensive than market offers, which are the offers you see advertised by energy retailers. So don’t sit back and default to the default price, a great way to reduce your energy bill could be shopping around for a market offer.
So, before you lecture the kids about their mindless air-con usage once again, perhaps consider a more suitable energy plan which might help save you money off that dreaded summer power bill.