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Three things to consider when searching for a new energy plan

26 Apr 2019
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Paying to much for your power bill? Don’t be afraid to say adieu to your old electricity service provider.

Change can be scary, but freeing yourself from overpriced electricity is the only real way to take back control of your power bill.

Switching energy providers is generally alot easier than most people think, however it's important to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before jumping ship. With this said, here are three simple tips to keep in mind when searching for a new energy plan.

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ask questions

Found the power company of your dreams? Beware of embarking on a whirlwind romance with your energy plan.

Like most big retailers, electrical service providers are out to retain as many customers as possible. Some providers achieve this by providing reliable energy solutions without tricks or confusing discounts (at least that’s how we roll at amaysim), while other companies prefer to make false promises.

Not sure how to interpret the fine print? Ask the following questions to avoid getting taken to the cleaners:

  • Will rates remain the same? - Some power companies lure in customers with irresistibly cheap rates, only to hike prices up after a fixed period. Make sure you understand your whole contract before committing to it
  • How long do discounts last? - From reduced fees for paying on time to solar concessions, plenty of discounts are available with energy plans. However, many discount rates expire after a set period. If you’re switching energy plans to try and save money, be sure to check the long-term availability of your discount
  • What can you offer me? - Your new provider should be able to show they’re willing to hustle for you. Otherwise, why should you even bother switching electricity plans?

Don’t stop asking questions until you’re absolutely sure you’ve found a provider who won’t leave you high and dry.

at amaysim we've done away with rocket science rates and confusing discounts

don’t be fooled by hidden fees

Had enough bill shock to last a lifetime? Same tbh. Finding out exactly what fees apply to your energy plan means you’ll never have to be traumatised by bills ever again. Many of the fees and charges commonly associated with energy plans can be avoided if you know what to look out for.

To banish bill shock once and for all, be sure to check how the following fees apply to your plan:

  • Connection fees
  • Disconnection fees
  • Late payment fees
  • Exit fees
  • Credit card fees.

It can take time to thoroughly compare electricity fees, but knowledge is power.

know your rights

There are laws in Australia designed to protect consumers from being ripped off by power companies. Don’t let anyone pressure you into making a decision about switching energy plans, and for the love of Thor, always read the fine print.

switching providers is easier than you think, find out how to spark change with amaysim today

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5 Ways to Reduce Winter Energy Usage

10 May 2020

Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter, but a warm home doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a massive power bill. These energy saving tips will help you discover how to save electricity in winter. Try our seasonal winter home energy saving tips and keep your energy bill manageable.

1. Stay old school, where possible

Being able to walk around your home without having to wear a lot of layers or carry a blanket is a wonderful luxury in winter. However, there’s a certain vintage charm to getting warm under a heavy blanket while the air outside your cosy blanket haven is still chilly.

Keeping things old school as much as you can, pulling out thermals, putting on socks, and cuddling up for warmth during a Netflix session, are some of our favourite power saving tips for winter.

Smart Home Devices

2. Go smart

Not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about how to lower an electricity bill in winter, but smart devices can help you save heaps when it comes to your power bill.

If you use household heating, a programmable smart thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Some of these smart home devices can even be operated from smartphones, for when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your blanket.

Who would have thought having an awesome home automation setup would bring your energy bill down!

Standby Power

3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Just like choosing smart devices to save power, you can upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save power too.

In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. Of course, you don’t need to toss out your washing machine, dryer, fridge, microwave, and kettle just to save electricity in winter.

If you have an appliance that’s costing you a lot to run, it might actually save you money in the long run to buy a new, more efficient replacement.

Look up the energy ratings for all your big appliances (and small ones too if you can) and find any that could do with replacing.

4. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to ways to save money on electricity in winter. In fact, you should use these bulbs throughout the year to keep your electricity bill down, no matter the season.

These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer than traditional bulbs.

If you feel like splurging, check out smart bulbs, they can be controlled by your phone as well as being energy efficient, neat! The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but every little bit adds up when you know you’ll spend more power heating your home in winter.

5. Build up the washing pile

There’s no point in chucking on two jumpers and a pair of jeans into the washing machine during winter, how dirty could they really be? Before doing a load of washing or drying make sure you have a full basket.

It’s no secret that the washing machine and dryer chew up the most electricity in your house. Don’t let the chilly season increase your wash load because of the more layers of clothing being added to the basket.

Follow these simple tips on how to save electricity in winter and you should hopefully see some great results during the cold season.

Reducing your energy usage all year long will help you get in the mindset before June even comes around or if you want to be even more prepared for when summer rolls around.

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