Wondering what the differences are between the various tariffs? Us too.
Just kidding. We know all about this stuff. The different tariffs are largely determined by your type of meter and by the local distributor in your area (the people who look after the poles and wires). Let us explain:
This tariff means there are no peak or off-peak periods, you pay the same rate whatever time of day you use energy.
The rate is usually lower than the peak rate of a time of use tariff. A single rate could be a good way to go if:
Single rate tariffs are available to everyone. You don’t need a smart meter to get a single rate tariff offer.
This means the rates change at different set times of the day.
These times can differ across different distribution areas, please refer to the relevant electricity price fact sheet for the peak, shoulder and off-peak times in your region.
To get a time of use tariff, you need a smart meter that measures your electricity usage at different times of the day.
You can ask for a smart meter to be installed but this may add an additional cost. Please talk to us about how we can help.
For some appliances, you can be charged a controlled load tariff for fixed appliances (meaning they have fixed power wiring) such as:
This means that the energy used by these appliances is charged separately. Sometimes the appliance has its own meter.
It is usually only for appliances that run overnight or in off-peak times. The local poles and wires operator is able to reduce the flow of energy to these appliances at peak times. This eases pressure on the network, which is why the prices for these rates are lower.
These times can differ across different distribution areas, please refer to the relevant electricity price fact sheet for your region.
You should be able to see this on your bill. If you’re in doubt, just email us a copy of your current retailer’s bill or send us the NMI that you’ll find on it. We can then check the national electricity market to see how your meter has been configured. Our address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us on 1300 MY ENERGY.
Unless you have a PhD in maths, or are very bored, this isn’t a question most people want to answer. We love this stuff though! If you drop us an email with a copy of a recent bill, we’ll put the numbers through our systems and let you know.
Remember, we don’t earn money from the number of units of energy our customers use, so we’re as incentivised as you to get you on the right tariff.
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