Switch and save on power
In what will be a major shake-up for electricity market, NSW households can now quickly change electricity deals with Service NSW’s free Energy Switch service, potentially saving them up to $1000 a year.
NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans encouraged residents to test out the new quick and easy price comparison and switching tool.
‘‘Energy Switch is a game changer for NSW households trying to reduce cost-of-living pressure,’’ he said.
‘‘There are a lot of government price comparison websites, but this takes things to the next level. It empowers citizens by enabling them to change electricity providers and lock in a better deal with the click of a mouse or a quick chat with Service NSW.
‘‘Energy Switch uses a customer’s latest e-bill to scan the entire retail electricity market, giving them a list of the cheapest three electricity plans available based on their individual usage profile.
‘‘If a switch is requested, Service NSW will inform the energy provider, taking the leg work out of the process for the customer.’’
Mr Evans said the new tool was timely considering power prices.
‘‘We know power prices are a pinch point for many households which is why this service has been established to help reduce the cost of living,’’ he said.
‘‘Cost of living is a big issue facing local families and this initiative could provide them with muchneeded bill relief.’’
Energy Switch allows people to regularly review their plan as electricity usage and prices fluctuate over time.
Research carried out by Service NSW found 70 per cent of NSW households paid too much for electricity.
Energy Switch is one of a raft of NSW Government initiatives helping to ease cost-of-living pressure for households. Others include cheaper Green Slips and refunds, Active Kids vouchers, free car registration for regular toll users and the FuelCheck app.