Choosing an energy retailer can feel a bit like a lucky dip. Stick your hand in, swirl it all about a bit and then hope for the best as you randomly grab one of the packages on offer.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like that. Most people end up with dodgy energy deals because they didn’t do their research.
But what should you be looking at when it comes to avoiding getting ripped off? What are the bits that matter and the bits that don’t? When it comes to working out the fine print and actually choosing an energy retailer, how do you know what to focus on?
Many people cite reviews as being a good source of working out which companies they should trust. Some reviews of energy retailers would give you the confidence to take the MD home to meet your Mum, others would have you running the opposite direction… but even then, you can’t always be certain reviews are written by real people can you?
Others often talk about using well-known comparison sites to find the best deals. However, many of the best known and most heavily marketed comparison sites don’t actually compare all offers in the market. Instead, they list only the companies that ‘buy’ customers from them at hefty prices. Guess who ultimately pays that bill?
Here’s what really matters when choosing an energy retailer.
By ‘real cost’ we mean how much will your bill be both with and without discounts. When you’re shopping around and choosing an energy retailer, they will of course tell you their best price. And that will often be after they’ve added on anything they think might bring down your estimated costs. Make sure you check the following:
By studying your past year’s bills you can work out an average monthly cost. This will be useful when you speak to other energy retailers and want to work out what your costs would be on average in comparison to your last year. If you don’t do this, it’s likely the retailer will use some average figures to quote a potential saving. Those averages may not be accurate to your position.
We want customers to always be informed — that’s the way we roll at Energy Locals! As we don’t earn money from customer usage, we have the same incentives as our customers when it comes to lowering usage and rates per kWh. If we can help you with any advice, please get in touch 1300 693 627.