Switch and save on power

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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