Do you have uncomfortably high energy bills?
You can significantly reduce your energy bills by selecting an appropriate electricity tariff or retailer, and by making your home more energy efficient.
Compare your power bill with competing energy retailers
Most Tasmanians have always used the same energy retailer for your residential power bills. In fact, there are quite a few competing energy retailers, each with their own pricing structures and solar feed-in tariffs.
Australian Government Energy Comparison Site
Go to www.energymadeeasy.gov.au armed with your NMI (National Metering Identifier) – usually found on page 2 or 3 of your power bill in small print, a 10 or 11-digit number starting with “8000” in Tasmania. If you cannot find it, call your energy retailer to ask them what it is.
When you get to the Energy Made Easy website, here are the questions and responses to fill in:
- What type of energy plan are you looking for? Select Electricity.
- Where are you located? Enter your suburb or postcode, select the correct entry from the drop-down list, then click the green Get Started button.
- Tell us about your household. Click the appropriate option e.g. 2-3 People.
- Tell us about your energy usage. Select the first option, Use my meter data.
Important note: if you have moved into your premises within the last 12 months, or have changed energy retailers over the past 12 months, or you cannot find the NMI, then select the option: Continue with no bill or no meter data. In this case, simply follow the instructions on the screen rather that follow these steps.
- Who is your current electricity retailer? Select Aurora Energy or whichever is your current energy retailer.
- What is your NMI? Enter your National Metering Identifier that you collected (usually starting with “8000”), and then click on Get Started.
- A disclaimer will pop up; scroll down (if required) and click the Agree and Proceed button.
- Once back on the main screen, you should see a green Connected message next to your NMI, or an error message (which may mean it has technical difficulties accessing your energy history).
- Tick the checkbox next to “I have read and understood the terms and conditions“.
- Click on the large, green Compare energy plans button at the bottom of the screen.
You should be presented with a list of different energy providers. To compare the last 12 months of your power bill to what the total would have been if you had been with another energy retailer for that same period of time, do the following (assumes computer screen – it will be slightly different on a mobile device):
- Select the top two (2) energy retailers in the list by clicking the checkbox next to each one in the green Compare rectangle (right-side of the screen). These two are the top two cheapest energy providers.
- If your current energy provider is not in this list, then scroll down and, once again, click the Compare checkbox.
- Click on the green Compare up to 3 plans button (top of screen)
- The plans you have selected will appear next to each other for comparison. Look at the plan information by scrolling down.
Interpreting the energy retailer comparison data
You should realise that each household will have a different annual consumption of electricity, and the patterns of use differ. We would normally suggest that if there is not a great saving (perhaps less than $200), then it may be safest to stay with your current provider. However, if the savings are substantial (several $100’s or more), then it is probably worth changing energy providers. Remember – the power comes from the same place (Hydro Tasmania) and the networks are still managed by the same corporation (TasNetworks) – it is simply the biller/retailer than changes.
- At the moment, it appears that Elysian Energy is the most cost effective for solar and non-solar customers: www.elysianenergy.com.au
- 1st Energy has the most competitive solar feed-in tariff, but their base tariff pricing is virtually identical to Aurora Energy.
- For very low energy use households (e.g. single person with or without solar), then Aurora Energy is competitive.
- The time of use tariff 93 (used by Aurora Energy & 1st Energy) is more competitive than the dual tariff 31 (lights and power) and tariff 41 (hot water and heat pumps) tariff. However, this tariff is not applicable with Elysian Energy.
To help you discuss options, feel free to call a HEG Consultant on 1300 96 80 60. We are sales agents of 1st Energy and Elysian Energy because they appear to be the top two most cost-effective energy retailers on this list. Click here to sign up to Elysian Energy, or enter “HEG” into the Referral Code section of the sign-up form of either Elysian Energy or 1st Energy.
Energy efficiency investments provide an increase in comfort & air quality, and have a rapid payback period
Whether you use heat pumps (air con) for heating/cooling, electric heaters, or wood/gas heaters, energy efficiency measures will:
- save fuel and power costs
- make you more comfortable
- improve air quality
- improve occupant health
There are many factors to consider when looking at which energy efficiency investment to look at first, including:
- Your current heaters and cooling appliances, their relative efficiencies and their service history;
- Size and type of construction of the house;
- How many people live in the house;
- Hot water and electricity consumption patterns;
These are just a few of the factors to consider when trying to minimise your energy consumption. HEG only recommend products and services that are appropriate for your situation, and we will provide well-considered advice. It may start with as simple as:
- Servicing your heat pump;
- Replacing your halogen lights with much more cost effective LED Lighting;
- Topping up your ceiling insulation or investing in underfloor insulation (if applicable);
- Investing in an energy-efficient heat pump (reverse cycle air conditioner);
- Replacing your hot water cylinder with a far more efficient heat pump hot water cylinder;
- Install rooftop solar
Talk to a HEG Consultant, or refer to the HEG™ product and investment guide, to help guide your residential thermal efficiency journey.
Start here with low upfront cost – fast payback