If you are struggling with the cost of household energy, then it is time to see if you can find a better deal.

Working carers are usually keen to reduce their costs as much as they can, and there is no bigger cost, it seems, than high energy bills.

With the particularly cold winter we have had, many working carers report that they have been shocked at how high their heating and hot water bills have been this year, seriously eating into the household budget.

And it is not likely to get much better. The Australian Energy Market Commission estimates that energy costs may rise at an annual average of 4.6 per cent over the next couple of years due to a number of key policy changes by the Australian Government.

Even though people want to reduce their energy costs, it is very hard to be able to compare different energy providers side-by-side.

A new comparison service ElectricityandGas.com.au is offering consumers the power to do just that, potentially saving them time and money as they make informed choices about their family’s energy spending.

“Energy costs are increasingly becoming an overwhelming part of the household budget for many Australians,” says Electricity & Gas founder Jonathan Leane. “We’ve designed ElectricityandGas.com.au to simplify the process and put the power back in the hands of the customer.

“Using the service, Australians can compare multiple energy and gas providers and their pricing all in the one place. The service saves time, but the biggest benefit for most are the dollar savings. The comparison service shows you upfront who has the best energy package deal and how that deal compares to others on the market.

“It’s all personalised too. When you first arrive at the web page you’ll be asked for some basic details like your home state and suburb. The system then searches its database of local energy companies to show you the very best of what’s on offer, targeted to your needs and comparing options side by side so you can make the very best choice.

“Since launching, thousands of Australians have already jumped on board. Over 10,000 Australians used the website to compare energy packages in July this year, citing saving money as their number one reason for using the site.”
You can also call for help using the website on 1300 746 965, Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm.

A word of warning: While ElectricityandGas.com.au does not charge any fees for the use of their comparison tools or for speaking to their energy advisors, your existing provider might have contractual terms that may stipulate exit fees. You need to check with your current supplier to clarify. Also, this is just one comparison tool. A quick Google search will find many others.