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3 ways to flick the switch on higher energy bills

Posted: 24 May 2022 10:47 am
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Power prices have doubled in the last 12 months and smaller energy retailers are starting to crumble under the pressure, passing on the surging costs to customers.

  • LPE in Queensland with over 20,000 customers is increasing its usage rates by more than 100% from 1 June. In fact, it's urging customers to switch as soon as possible because LPE "is no longer competitive" due to the extreme and consistent price volatility.
  • ReAmped Energy has already notified its customers of price increases of at least 20-35%.
  • Discover Energy is increasing prices by 50% and we know at least 1 customer who said the provider was also removing solar feed-in tariff.
  • Energy market analyst Gavin Dufty of St Vincent de Paul told The Daily Telegraph that AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy were tipped to increase prices by 10-15%.

Find out why energy prices have skyrocketed in the last year.

How to tackle surging energy bills

It might feel hard to cut through the noise and find actionable steps to counter the doom and gloom of rising power prices.

But here's what you can do, especially in the lead up to winter when bills tend to be higher.

1. Start shopping around for energy deals and fixed rates

Your prices could still go up in June or July if you switch providers right now but at least you could snag a money-saving deal that could reduce the blow to your power bills.

See if you can lock in a fixed rate energy plan as soon as possible because they're disappearing quickly.

There are also a couple of other compelling reasons to switch:

  • You were notified by your current energy provider that bills are dramatically rising by as much as 100%.
  • You have been with your provider for over a year meaning any guaranteed discount it had offered for the year is no longer relevant.

Some strong deals we've come across include:

Up to $150 credit when you switch to its electricity and gas plans

Plus more savings when you bundle mobile and Internet. Available to customers in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Plus more savings when you bundle mobile and Internet. Available to customers in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Up to $100 sign-up credit depending on which plan you sign up to

Available to customers in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC. You can also lock in its No Frills plan that offers fixed rates for 12 months.

Available to customers in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC. You can also lock in its No Frills plan that offers fixed rates for 12 months.

Earn 10,000 bonus Everday Rewards points

Plus earn 1 Everyday Rewards point for each $1 you pay on your energy bill. You can also bundle your Internet and save $120 over the year.

Plus earn 1 Everyday Rewards point for each $1 you pay on your energy bill. You can also bundle your Internet and save $120 over the year.

Up to $150 in credit when you switch to both electricity and gas plans from Powershop

Available to New South Wales customers only.

Available to New South Wales customers only.

Sign up for the Simply Blue Perks plan before 30 June 2022 to receive $200 in fuel vouchers

Plus 12 months of complimentary National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) membership.

Plus 12 months of complimentary National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) membership.

Switch to a Qantas Red plan and earn up to 15,000 bonus Qantas Points

You'll also earn 2 points per $1 spent on energy bills.

You'll also earn 2 points per $1 spent on energy bills.

2. Make changes around your home

A recent Finder survey revealed the majority of Australians (74%) rely on their heater to keep warm during the colder months.

If you keep the heater on for 3 hours instead of 4 each day during winter it could lower your energy use by 25% and save you up to $46 a year.

Other changes include turning off your unused appliances, to naturally air drying your clothes when the sun is out. You can read all our tips here.

3. Don't shy away from research and making some calls

The next few months are going to be tough given the cost of living is on the up across the board.

My Finder colleague, Aaron, is already in the process of switching.

"Considering we have only been with our energy provider [ReAmped] since March this year, it's extremely disappointing to already be receiving a price rise of over 50%," Aaron explained.

"Further, it stings even more as not only is our electricity price going up we are also losing our solar feed-in.

"Unfortunately, it seems like almost every provider is lifting its prices and removing or reducing solar feed-in tariffs. My housemates and I spent the last week searching for better energy deals. We are now switching over to Alinta Energy.

"Before signing up we also went through the painful process of having to ring up Alinta to clarify if it had any immediate price increases on the way so we weren't met with another unwanted bill rise."

Bottom line: If your energy provider notifies you of price hikes that are more than 10-15%, it is time to switch.

Compare energy plans on Finder so you can start your switching process today.

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