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Are you tired of overpaying for your energy bills? Switching to a new energy provider could be the solution you're looking for. At Savvy, we understand that finding the right energy plan can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task, which is why we offer a simple online comparison service to help you find the best energy provider for your needs. 

By comparing energy plans side-by-side using our 100% free comparison service, you can compare prices, available discounts, contract lengths and more so you can find which possible energy plan offers the greatest value for your money. Don't let high energy bills weigh you down; start comparing your options through Savvy and make the switch to a better energy provider today.

Why should I switch energy providers?

Switching energy plans can be a smart move for anyone looking to save money on their energy bills. Some of the main reasons why you may consider switching energy providers: 

  • Find a better price: one of the most common reasons to switch energy providers is to save money, especially if your existing provider isn't offering you the best plan or a competitive deal. Who doesn’t want to spend less on their power bills?  
  • Receive more benefits: another provider might offer price discounts and other incentives to help you keep your energy costs down. These can include pay-on-time discounts, direct debit discounts, and bundled energy discounts, where you have your gas and electricity with the same provider. 
  • Find a more flexible contract: you may want to find a standard retail contract that doesn’t have early exit fees, or a market contract that has variable tariffs and doesn’t lock in your energy rate for a set period of time. 
  • Reduce your carbon footprint: if you care about the environment and want to reduce your carbon footprint, you may want to find a new provider that offers renewable energy or green energy options. These can include carbon neutral plans and green power options. 
  • Consolidate your bills: if you struggle to remember to pay your bills on time, having a single supplier with a direct debit arrangement that pays the bill automatically can help you keep on top of your energy bills and avoid damage to your credit rating. Bundling your gas plan, electricity plan and possibly solar feed-in tariff together can also result in discounts from the retailer. 
  • Moving house: you may need to switch providers if you’re moving house or office, as your existing retailer may not operate in the area you’re moving to. This is particularly relevant is you’re moving to a state which is not part of the National Energy Market, such as the Northern Territory or Western Australia.  In your new area, you may have access to different energy providers that you didn’t have in your previous home. 
  • Installing solar panels: if you're installing solar panels, you may want to switch electricity providers to find a plan with a high feed-in tariff. A feed-in tariff is the amount your energy supplier will pay you for the excess energy your solar panels generate and send back to the grid. Some energy retailers offer higher feed-in tariffs, which can be a major incentive to switch providers, especially if you generate a lot of excess energy. 

How do I switch energy providers through Savvy?

Savvy’s comparison service makes it easy to switch electricity providers and gas providers to find a potentially cheaper deal. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you switch your electricity or gas plan for either domestic or business use in Australia. 

  1. Check for exit fees: before you start the process, check if you're still in a contract period with your current energy provider, and if so, whether there are any exit fees. This will give you an idea of how much you may need to pay in exit fees (if any) to switch providers. 
  2. Determine your energy consumption: review your most recent electricity and gas bills to determine your energy consumption. Consider your major consumers of electricity and gas, such as a pool, underfloor heating, or an air conditioning system, and what time of day you usually use these power-hungry appliances. This information will help you find the most suitable energy plan with tariffs that suit your needs. 
  3. Provide details through Savvy's comparison service: use Savvy's free comparison service to find the best energy plan for you. Provide some details about the type of plan you're after, what feed-in tariffs you currently have (if you have solar panels installed), and details about your current usage and the type of electricity meter you have. Savvy will provide you with a range of energy plans to compare online, based on where you live and what you're looking for. You'll instantly be able to see what's available in your local area, and how much you could potentially save. 
  4. Select your preferred energy plan and switch online: once you've found a new energy plan which fits your needs, make your selection, and the rest of the switching process will be taken care of for you. Switching with Savvy is quick and easy, and you can do it all in one place here through us. 
  5. Provide details to your new electricity supplier: provide the details required by your new energy supplier. If you decide to make the switch, your new energy provider will contact you to confirm details of your new plan and get your contract in place. 
  6. Final meter reading and billing: your former energy supplier will arrange for a final meter reading to take place and will issue you with a final bill. The switch should only take two to three days.  
  7. Regularly review and compare energy providers: once you've made the switch and found a better deal, don't forget to review and compare energy plans regularly to make sure there isn't a better deal you're missing out on.  

By following these steps, you can easily switch your energy provider and potentially save money on your energy bills. Savvy's comparison service is 100% free, and there isn't any limit to how many times you can return and make further comparisons, so you can get started with us today!  

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Frequently asked questions about switching energy providers

Which states allow you to switch energy retailers?

If you live in any of the following areas, you have a choice of electricity suppliers to choose from: 

  • Australian Capital Territory 
  • New South Wales 
  • South Australia 
  • South-East Queensland 
  • Victoria 
  • Tasmania 

However, if you live in Tasmania or the Northern Territory, you’ll have less choice and more limited options due to a reduced number of providers operating in those areas. Western Australians and those living in regional Queensland (outside of the south-east) may not have a choice about their provider. In addition, natural gas energy plans are not available in the NT so if you wish to switch gas providers in that state you will have to choose between LPG bottled gas providers. 

Can I still switch energy plans if I'm on a fixed contract?

If you're on a fixed-rate energy plan, you may be locked into that plan for a fixed period of time, often one to two years. If this is the case, and you are in the middle of your fixed term contract, you may have to pay exit fees to switch providers before the end of the contract. However, if your contract offers a variable rate for your electricity tariff, there may be no lock-in time period so you can switch providers at any time without incurring any fees.  

Will I need to replace my meter when I switch energy providers?

No – you won't need to replace your meter when you switch providers. Your new provider will use the same meter, meaning there won’t be an extra cost associated with installing a new one. 

Will I experience any interruption to my energy supply when switching?

No – you won’t experience any interruption to your energy supply when switching providers. Your old provider will continue to supply your energy until the switch is complete, at which point your new provider will take over. 

Can I switch providers if I'm in debt to my current provider?

Yes – you can still switch retailers even if you owe money to your current provider. However, you'll need to pay off any outstanding balance you owe to your old provider before you can make the switch. 

Do I need to contact my old provider when switching energy providers?

No – your new provider will take care of the switch for you. They'll contact your old provider and arrange the disconnection and reconnection of your energy supply. You may need to provide some details to your new provider, such as your current meter reading, but they’ll guide you through the whole process. 

How often should I look at switching energy providers?

It’s worth comparing energy plans at least every 12 months to make sure that you’re still getting the best deal on your energy plans. However, before making the switch, make sure there are no exit fees that might make switching expensive before the end of your contract period.

What happens if I change my mind after switching providers?

If you change your mind after switching providers, you'll have a cooling-off period during which you can cancel the contract without penalty. The length of the cooling-off period varies depending on the provider and the state or territory in which you live.

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