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Energy Guides Australia

Check out our guides below to learn about all things energy! 

Here you will find our handy guides about electricity and gas. These guides are designed to help you save money on your home energy plan, while also teaching you about energy tariffs, pensioner concession discounts & more!
This section will be updated as new guides are created, so be sure to check out this page again for new guides that get published.
You can also check out our Frequently-Asked-Questions page to gain insight into some more specific terminologies around energy. 

Compare Energy Plans SA

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A Guide to Energy Hardship Programs

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9 Facts You May Not Know About Energy

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12 Tips to Keep Cool in the Summer

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6 More Tips to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill

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Electricity Discounts for Pensioners & Seniors

Did you know that if you have a valid Pensioner Concession Card then you may be eligible for a discount on your electricity bills. Depending on which state you ...
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A Youcompare Guide for Moving into a New House

When you are moving into a new home, especially if it is your first time moving out and into a new place, the whole process can be an exciting but deeply challe...
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6 Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bill

By making a few small changes around your house, you may be able to save yourself money on your energy bills. Here are our six tips for what you can do in order...
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How the July Energy Rates Affect You

From the 1st of July this year, energy companies have began adjusting their tariffs for their electricity and gas plans. Check out our tables below for all of t...
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Electricity Tariffs and What They Mean

The state of the electricity and gas industry can be highly confusing for many Australians to understand. As the household bills continue to rise, electricity c...
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A tariff is simply a pricing model or structure that has been set by the electricity provider or retailer, and you get charged by the cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh). A tariff comprises of a "fixed" charge that pays for the daily supply of energy, and a "variable" charge which is weighed upon your energy usage for the billing period.

Every state has at least two different types of energy tariffs: the standard offers and the market offers.

The standard offers meet the minimum requirements of the government, while the market offer can be set at any price, for any amount of contract duration, and retailers can offer discounts and other incentives to make the offer more attracting.

Queensland, ACT and Tasmania have a third option, which are government regulated offers that allow for customers to sign up to a simple and reliable form of energy.

There are many different types of tariff structures that differ from state to state. While the names used here will be their most common name, the structures may be referred to by different names depending on the electricity retailer and the state that you are in.

Single rate: this is the standard rate, and it does not differ over the course of the year, regardless of the time of day or season in the year. Block rate: there will be a charge for the first "block" of energy usage, followed by a different charge rate for the following "blocks", which can be divided daily, monthly or quarterly; this is the only structure that gas users can select. Time-of-use: the rates will be more expensive during "peak" hours when the electricity is in high demand, while "off-peak" hours will be significantly cheaper; the time in between the two periods are called "shoulder" hours, and they are priced somewhere in between the two. Controlled load: a unique rate for households that require certain appliances to run overnight; they may be subjected to a cheaper rate due to being supplied energy in "off-peak" hours. Feed-in tariff: for households who are 'feeding' energy collected from solar panels back into the grid; this incurs a credit which goes towards the next bill, lowering the required cost of the bill.