Most properties in Australia, whether rented or purchased will use an electricity supply and/or a gas supply. Arranging the connection of gas and electricity to your property is one of the first things you will have to organise once you choose a place to live in Australia. The provision of these major services is privatised in Australia, meaning that there are numerous gas and electricity providers that will ultimately compete for your business.

This means that you will need to shop around for the best deal applicable to your circumstances. Consumers are spoilt for choice in major capital cities and regional cities while inhabitants of less populated areas can be somewhat limited in choices of providers.

Whatever your living circumstances, whether you own the home or choose to lease it, you will be required to establish an electricity and gas account with a provider. You will generally pay for what you use on a monthly or a quarterly basis and some companies will be able to provide you with a smart meter so you can track usage throughout the time period. This can be useful to avoid a rude shock at the end of the quarter, especially in winter when heating appliances can increase electricity and gas usage substantially.

One of the best ways to make your choice is to make use of a comparison website that has been set up to assist you with the search for the best energy supplier for your needs. Websites like Energy Watch, Energy Wizard and Go Switch are independent websites set up to provide you with a means to compare deals with various energy companies. They will also help you to get the best available deal for your circumstances. These interactive sites are set up to obtain the best available deal for you based upon your postcode, and previous usage history. If you have had a gas or electricity account previously, they are able to do all the negotiation and account paperwork for you. If you’ve never held an account in Australia before, it may be necessary for you to call the power or gas company directly to establish an account.

If you choose to do your own research be sure to carefully analyse introductory offers and overall deals. The devil is always in the details with contracts so make sure that you understand such things as late payment fees, credit card payment surcharges and the pricing of green energy compared to other forms of energy. Some energy suppliers will offer green energy supply but often charge a premium for doing so.

Whatever company you choose, you do have a cooling off period of ten days allowing you to opt out of the contract without penalty. This cooling off period is to protect you from being pressured into signing a contract that was not suitable and to give you the opportunity to take advantage of a better offer if you find one. Some Electricity and Gas providers recruit a door to door salesforce to promote better deals so be sure you have all the information you need when signing up or switching Energy providers. 

The price of gas and electricity supplies in Australia has been in the news lately as prices have surged on the back of some fairly unique regulations and supply arrangements within the country. These upward price pressures make it imperative that you do your research and find an electricity and/or gas supply contract that is going to work well for you. Make use of the comparison websites, don’t be rushed and make an informed decision. The right choice can save you hundreds of dollars per year.

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