State Government offering $50 for comparing your energy provider

One savvy state government has a plan to get you to compare your energy provider.

State Government offering $50 for comparing your energy provider

As we discovered in the results of our most recent Friday Flash Poll: Solving Australia’s energy cost crisis, there is no definitive answer or even a remotely clear path towards a solution.

And when we say ‘cost’ we’re not just talking about your energy bill.

So, we turn to those who are paid to make these decisions for us – the same people in whom, according to our poll, we have little faith to make those decisions.

Over 80 per cent of respondents said politicians are out of touch with what the majority of energy consumers want or, more importantly, need.

“Neither Labor nor LNP are qualified or interested in renewable energy; they just use the environment to stop losing votes to the Greens,” wrote YourLifeChoices member danielboonjp.

Is the power to reduce our electricity bills in our hands? YourLifeChoices’ member Chat seems to think so: “I think people themselves have to take more responsibility for the way they use electricity. The ‘savings’ being suggested by the political parties, when offering rebates, etc, are always way in excess of what our entire electricity bill is so I have to wonder what some people do to incur such huge bills.”

If it were up to the two major parties, 53 per cent of respondents think Labor would do a better job addressing climate change, while 47 per cent favour the Liberal Party.

Who do you believe would meet their emissions target? Well, 50 per cent say Labor leader Bill Shorten will and 50 per cent say Prime Minister Scott Morrison will meet the Liberal target ‘at a canter’. However, 43 per cent said Mr Shorten’s plan to improve infrastructure and efficiency will work over Mr Morrison’s plan to ‘take a big stick’ to suppliers and retailers (34 per cent).

And when it comes to spending on saving the planet and reducing the bottom line on your electricity bill, 42 per cent think Mr Shorten’s $15 billion promise to fix the energy system will not provide value for money, while 36 per cent think it will.

“Labor's new energy policy is ridiculous. It will cost us billions and will not provide reliable base load energy. If you look at your Certificate of Title, you will see that all minerals under your land belong to the Government. It does not belong to the indigenous. Coal miners pay their tax like everyone else – income tax, company tax, payroll tax, petrol taxes, GST, etc. Wipe them out and you wipe out a great deal of tax income to the government of the time,” wrote pjvixen.

However, keithb writes: “I think we need to move to renewables ASAP and change the system to accommodate this and provide fair return to all. For example, use domestic batteries for peak power needs on the grid. Phase out coal as renewables pick up. The Government must get behind this with coherent policy. Then we might get lower power prices which we can live with rather than fossil fuels which will destroy our future. Liberals are completely irresponsible in denying this.”

One result that was clear from the flash poll was from the 78 per cent of older Australians who think they pay too much for power. However, in what was a slightly confusing result, 41 per cent are happy with their current energy provider.

Thirty per cent have never switched power companies and 21 per cent haven’t done so for five years or more. Why? Aside from the 41 per cent happy with their provider, 22 per cent said comparison sites are difficult to understand, one per cent don’t know how to switch and four per cent claim inertia as an excuse.

It’s almost like you couldn’t pay people to look for a better deal.

So, the Victorian Government is trying just that – offering $50 to anyone who compares their energy provider on its Victorian Energy Compare website.

To claim the Victorian Government's $50 Power Saving Bonus, simply visit the website and click or tap on the Compare Offers screen, then click or tap Power Saving Bonus.

You can do this for gas or electricity. You just have to have one of your energy bills or a smart meter reading handy and meet the following eligibility rules:

  • you must be the account holder for that bill
  • you must be able to receive your bonus payment via mail at the address of your energy service.

Once you’re logged into the tool, you’ll be asked about your energy profile and consumption, then you’ll be shown available offers that you can compare before contacting retailers, who’ll handle your switch to a cheaper plan.

Even if you don’t find a better deal, you’ll still be able to find ways to save on your existing energy bills, with the Manage My Energy tool.

Would $50 encourage you to compare your existing provider with potentially more competitive plans?

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    KB
    28th Nov 2018
    11:05am
    No I would rather the bonus 50 contribute towards a bill for pensioners
    Paddington
    28th Nov 2018
    11:07am
    Yes I did that and, KB, pensioners too are able to claim the $50. Well done, Daniel Andrews yet again!
    Anonymous
    28th Nov 2018
    11:54am
    Rubbish Andrews has done a terrible job power has tripled in cost since he's been in.
    johninmelb
    28th Nov 2018
    1:39pm
    No point blaming Daniel Andrews. It was Kennett who started this debacle by privatising both the SEC and Gas and Fuel Corporation. So get stuck into him first before blaming others who were left with the poisoned chalice.

    If ever I become Premier of Victoria, I promise you now that Kennett will be in jail so fast his feet won't touch the ground.
    Anonymous
    28th Nov 2018
    3:01pm
    Didn't Andrews shut down Yallourn nothing to do with Kennett John. I don't think premier would be your go, you are supposed to need some brains?
    Paddington
    28th Nov 2018
    3:52pm
    Ha ha, Victoria has voted!!!
    Misty
    28th Nov 2018
    6:59pm
    Don't be nasty Robbo just because someone has a different opinion to yours, and anyway the people in Victoria obviously do not share your view if Saturday's election results are anything to go by.
    Charlie
    28th Nov 2018
    1:38pm
    For the umteenth time. North Queenslanders have only one energy provider, therefore no comparisons can be made.

    28th Nov 2018
    3:30pm
    How easy it is for the Vic labor government to give away hard working taxpayer money
    Disgusting
    Paddington
    28th Nov 2018
    3:53pm
    Ha ha, Victoria has voted, so end of!!!
    Anonymous
    28th Nov 2018
    3:55pm
    We know why people like you vote labor - so you can get more handouts
    Leeches
    Anonymous
    28th Nov 2018
    4:15pm
    Anyone on welfare should be excluded from voting they provide nothing for the country they only take, take take.
    Misty
    28th Nov 2018
    7:02pm
    What wingers these 2 poor losers are, they had better get used to it because they will probably have more to cry about next May.
    Anonymous
    28th Nov 2018
    7:50pm
    Misty obviously a Labor voting Bogan and let me guess get a freeloader,I mean a pensioner.
    Anonymous
    28th Nov 2018
    7:53pm
    I agree - those on welfare should not have a vote

    They have no interest in the long term future of the country except to line their own pockets with more handouts
    On the Ball
    28th Nov 2018
    4:56pm
    ARE YOU READING THIS GLADYS? (Or even Andrew BARR)?
    Returned Serviceman..
    28th Nov 2018
    9:10pm
    As a ex service man I think your comments on people on welfare say a lot, mostly about the stupid A__h____ you are. Not everyone on welfare wants to , I was disabled serving my country and I am on welfare. What have you done for your country apart from pontificate about the people who have not had it so good. Australia the land of the fair go.
    Anonymous
    28th Nov 2018
    9:45pm
    Well you might have f cked up here brother I fought in Vietnam and came back and worked my ars off so as I dont get the pension so stick that up your you no what dickhead
    Returned Serviceman..
    29th Nov 2018
    8:56pm
    Well said Robbo but I left 2 legs and an arm in Iraq.
    Returned Serviceman..
    29th Nov 2018
    8:57pm
    I did not work my ars of I use it to get around on. I wish I had the chance to work it off.


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