Exercise your consumer choice and shop around (February 2017)

Anybody taking the slightest interest in the news recently would be aware that energy prices are a frequent talking point for politicians, industry regulators and other commentators.

In Victoria, the closure of the Hazelwood coal-fired power plant and the predicted rise in electricity prices has received much media coverage. Such developments are out of the hands of ordinary energy consumers. However, there is one very important thing every sensible consumer should do in the competitive Victorian energy market. Exercise consumer choice and shop around.

Recent Victorian Government research suggests that households could save more than $330 a year by finding a cheaper energy contract. And now it’s easier than ever to switch.

How to find the best deal online

The Victorian Government has an independent online comparator so you can easily compare all electricity and gas offers side-by-side. No secret commissions. No hidden fees. It’s called Victorian Energy Compare. Grab your latest bill and start a search now.

Call your company for the best price

Alternatively, if you’re happy with your energy company and would like to stay with them, call them to make sure you’re on their cheapest contract and have the best discounts. Prices can change quickly, so make it a habit to call your company every year to get the best deal.

You can find a list of all the electricity and gas companies in Victoria on our website.

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