This post is sponsored by the Victorian Government
Did you know that households in Victoria spend an average of $2800 per year on energy? You did, didn’t you? Because every time you open your electricity or gas bill you start freaking out and Googling things like “how to reduce your energy bill”, “how much do candles cost?” and “does Netflix run on solar power?”.
What if I told you that you could probably save more than $300 a year without throwing out your split system, taking cold showers and eating raw food?
Introducing Victorian Energy Compare
The Victorian Government has developed a new tool to make it easier to figure out which electricity plan will save you the most and help you switch providers easily.
Just grab your most recent gas or electricity bill (or smart meter data file, if you’re smart enough to figure how to) and head over to Victorian Energy Compare.
“But I don’t WANT to switch providers! It’s all too HARD!”
I hear you – I thought that too.
Our contracts came up for renewal in mid-2015. I was going to shop around. I knew I could probably get a cheaper price. But then the kids got sick. And work happened. And, well, life…
So we signed on with the same retailer for another 2 years. No questions asked.
We’re not alone – 1 in 3 Victorians have never switched energy retailers.
Reduce your energy bill and fund your next weekend away!
Switching is worth it. The Victorian Government has done some number crunching for you. They’ve figured out:
- there’s a 90% chance you’re paying too much for energy right now
- there’s a 50% chance you’ll save more than $330 by switching energy retailers (or switching to a different deal with your current retailer)
- 56% of you are worried about paying your energy bills, so doing something to reduce your energy bill makes sense!
“I don’t know Bec, I’m a little suspicious.”
Yeah, I get that too. Last time I called up a third party comparator – 5 years ago – it was all a little mystical. The nice lady asked me a few questions and then I waited patiently, listening to crappy hold music, while she waved a magic wand. She came back on the line and said, ‘Voila! THIS is the cheapest option for you! TRUST ME!’
Mm-hmm. I took it because we were moving house and I had about a billion other things to organise and I was happy to let someone else do it.
I found out later that they didn’t actually compare all the retailers, and they got commission payments for hooking me up.
Victorian Energy Compare isn’t like that – it’s an online independent government price comparator that lists every generally available electricity, gas and solar tariff. It uses your own energy usage patterns to find the deal that can save you the most on your energy bills.
You put your own information in, it spits out a bunch of the best offers and you get to make your own decision.
Convinced? Ok, let’s go!
Bec finds out how much she could have saved (and sheds a little tear)
So, grab your last electricity, gas or solar bill and follow me to Victorian Energy Compare… (or just follow me anyway, you don’t actually have to have a bill).
Done? Ok, how’d you go?
Here’s what I thought of Victorian Energy Compare:
- There’s a fair bit of information you need to put in (it’s not all required, but the more you put in, the more accurate your result will be).
- In total, it takes less than 10 minutes. (So if you save $300, that’s $30 per minute of your time, not bad!)
- I never knew energy pricing was so detailed. I always ignored the fine print and just paid the total amount.
- I could be getting a much better deal – $310 per year much better and that was just electricity!
Right, now I’m off to call my energy company and see if I can get out of my contract early so I can use the savings to book a night away for me and Mr D…
How did you go? How much will you save by switching? (Tell me in the comments below!)
What do you mean you haven’t tried it yet? Off you go! Here’s the link again: Victorian Energy Compare.