How to Switch Energy Providers

Switching energy providers is simple, but choosing which one to switch to? Not so much.

When you switch energy providers (also known as retailers) it is only how much you pay that changes. Your connection and electricity provision remains consistent. The grid infrastructure that delivers power to your house is tended to by another group, which doesn’t change upon your switch. It’s generally worth investigating a switch.

Residents of Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, South Australia, and Queensland are able to switch either their gas or electricity providers. Tasmanian residents can choose between gas retailers, but not electricity, which is provided by the government owned Aurora Energy. And residents of Western Australia or the Northern Territory are unable to choose their retailer and have their electricity provided by Synergy and Power and Water Corporation, respectively.

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Rates last updated October 21st, 2017
Details Features
AGL
AGL
  • Pay on time discounts available
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
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Actew AGL
Actew AGL
  • Up to 22% off your energy plan
  • No exit fees when you add GreenPower
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
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Red Energy
Red Energy
  • Pay On Time discount off your entire energy bill
  • 100% Australian owned
  • No exit fees
  • Electricity and gas
  • No contract term for electricity and gas
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
More info
Powershop
Powershop
  • Choose from 4 power-packs
  • Download the mobile app to track your account
  • 100% offset of carbon emissions
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
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Mojo
Mojo
  • Use EnergyPass® to access Mojo’s wholesale energy rates
  • 10 Day cooling off period
  • Up to $55 per month for an EnergyPass
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Not available
  • Solar: Available
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Energy Locals
Energy Locals
  • 50% of profit goes to great Aussie causes
  • 12c Feed-in-Tariff
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
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Power Direct
Power Direct
  • Discounts available for long term contracts
  • Pricing promise available
  • Variable / fixed available
  • Electricity only
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Click Energy
Click Energy
  • Discounts off usage and supply
  • $0 Exit fees
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Go to site More info
Dodo Power and Gas
Dodo Power and Gas
  • 30% off electricity and 20% off gas when you bundle (conditions apply)
  • Free electricity between 6-7am (conditions apply)
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
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Rates last updated October 21st, 2017
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Sumo Power
Sumo Power
  • 37% off when you pay on time
    (finder.com.au special deal)

  • "All you can eat" option for 12 months
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Not available
  • Solar: Not available
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AGL
AGL
  • Pay on time discounts available
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Red Energy
Red Energy
  • Pay On Time discount off your entire energy bill
  • 100% Australian owned
  • No exit fees
  • Electricity and gas
  • No contract term for electricity and gas
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
More info
Powershop
Powershop
  • Choose from 4 power-packs
  • Download the mobile app to track your account
  • 100% offset of carbon emissions
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Click Energy
Click Energy
  • Discounts off usage and supply
  • $0 Exit fees
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Go to site More info
Power Direct
Power Direct
  • Discounts available for long term contracts
  • Pricing promise available
  • Variable / fixed available
  • Electricity only
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Dodo Power and Gas
Dodo Power and Gas
  • 30% off electricity and 20% off gas when you bundle (conditions apply)
  • Free electricity between 6-7am (conditions apply)
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Online Power and Gas
Online Power and Gas
  • Up to 35% off your energy plan
  • Flexible payment options with direct debit
  • Exit fees may apply
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Rates last updated October 21st, 2017
Details Features
AGL
AGL
  • Pay on time discounts available
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Power Direct
Power Direct
  • Discounts available for long term contracts
  • Pricing promise available
  • Variable / fixed available
  • Electricity only
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Red Energy
Red Energy
  • Pay On Time discount off your entire electricity bill
  • 100% Australian owned
  • No exit fees
  • Electricity only
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
More info
Powershop
Powershop
  • Choose from 4 power-packs
  • Download the mobile app to track your account
  • 100% offset of carbon emissions
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Mojo
Mojo
  • Use EnergyPass® to access Mojo’s wholesale energy rates
  • 10 Day cooling off period
  • Up to $55 per month for an EnergyPass
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Not available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Energy Locals
Energy Locals
  • 50% of profit goes to great Aussie causes
  • 11c Feed-in-Tariff
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Dodo Power and Gas
Dodo Power and Gas
  • 30% off electricity and 20% off gas when you bundle (conditions apply)
  • Free electricity between 6-7am (conditions apply)
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Click Energy
Click Energy
  • Discounts off usage and supply
  • $0 Exit fees
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Go to site More info
Rates last updated October 21st, 2017
Details Features
AGL
AGL
  • Pay on time discounts available
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Dodo Power and Gas
Dodo Power and Gas
  • 30% off electricity and 20% off gas when you bundle (conditions apply)
  • Free electricity between 6-7am (conditions apply)
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Red Energy
Red Energy
  • Pay On Time discount off your entire electricity bill
  • 100% Australian owned
  • No exit fees
  • Electricity only
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
More info
Click Energy
Click Energy
  • Discounts off usage and supply
  • $0 Exit fees
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity only
  • No lock in contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Go to site More info
Power Direct
Power Direct
  • Discounts available for long term contracts
  • Pricing promise available
  • Variable / fixed available
  • Electricity only
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info
Rates last updated October 21st, 2017
Details Features
Actew AGL
Actew AGL
  • Up to 22% off your energy plan
  • No exit fees when you add GreenPower
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • Electricity and gas
  • 12-24 month contracts
  • GreenPower: Available
  • Solar: Available
Enquire Now More info

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How does switching contracts work?

You may want to consider switching retailers if your current retailer has high rates, lacks discounts, or has poor customer service. For most Australians, there are many energy retailers and plans to choose from, so there’s no need to stick with an inferior provider.

Making the switch between providers is relatively simple, but making sure you choose the best provider for yourself is not so easy. Before you make any hasty plans, make sure to familiarise yourself with a) your current deal, and b) all of the potential deals you might enter into.

Signing up with a new provider

Choosing and signing up with new provider can be confusing, but thankfully we’ve taken a lot of the confusion away with our guide for selecting electricity, gas, or both utilities. Once you have started up with a new provider, the electricity is normally delivered the very next day, if not, within around three days. Call your new provider if connection takes longer than three days.

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How do I exit my existing contract?

Before starting a new contract with another provider, you must notify your previous one. Depending on the type of contract you are in, you may need to pay early-exit fees for switching before your contract is up. To find out which situation you're in, you can contact your provider and ask about ways of switching without having to pay those fees. Early-exit fees can be anywhere between $45 -$100.

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Other considerations

There may very well be fees for exiting your contract early. If you take your most recent bill, it should mention which plan you’re currently in. If you investigate this online you can find out whether there are any associated early exit fees. Exit fees are a flat charge and can be anywhere between $40 and $100.

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