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Compare Electricity Providers South Australia

To help you find a gas and electricity plan that suits you, we’ve put together some helpful information about energy in South Australia.
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While all of the electricity generated in South Australia comes from a single source – SA Power Networks – there are still a wide range of energy providers to choose from. Switching to a better deal can be quick and easy, and may result in significant savings.

The electricity market in South Australia

South Australia deregulated gas and electricity retail prices in 2013, amping up the competition between power companies by allowing them to set their own rates and discounts.

In a nutshell, deregulation means you don’t have to let mounting electricity bills take a Great Australian Bight out of your monthly budget. If you’re not happy with your current rates, you’re free to compare energy offers and find the right energy provider for your needs.

Living in rural South Australia and wondering whether you have to stump up more for energy than city folk? Don’t worry. Because there is only one distributor in SA, there isn’t as much price variations between country areas and central hubs as there is in other states.

The SA Government energy bill concession

To help with the ballooning cost of energy in SA, the state government is providing an energy concession of up to $215 a year to eligible households on low or fixed incomes.

You may be eligible for the concession if you hold one of the following cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card.
  • Gold Card from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Low Income Health Care Card.
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Or if you receive one of the following Centrelink payments:

  • Newstart Allowance.
  • Sickness Allowance.
  • Widow Allowance.
  • Youth Allowance.
  • Partner Allowance.
  • Parenting Payment.
  • Special Benefit.
  • Community Development Employment Project (CDEP).
  • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).
  • ABSTUDY.
  • Austudy.
  • Farm Household Allowance.
  • War widow pension under legislation of the United Kingdom or New Zealand.

The Government of South Australia has more information about the concession and how to apply.

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The future of energy in South Australia

There’s no question that South Australia is leading the way when it comes to renewable energy.

While wind power and solar are both big sources of clean energy in the Festival State, the government has implemented a number of strategies to further improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. Adelaide in particular is a significant user of clean energy.

South Australia’s Strategic Plan outlines a target for improving energy efficiency in residential dwellings by 15 per cent by 2020. For government buildings, the target is an even more ambitious 30 per cent improved energy efficiency by 2020.

The game plan for achieving these goals include:

  • Improving the efficiency and managing the energy use of air conditioners.
  • Requirements for the types of water heaters that can be installed in homes.
  • A minimum six-star energy efficiency requirements for new homes.
  • Providing information and advice to SA households on how to improve energy efficiency.
  • The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES), which requires larger energy providers to help households and businesses save energy.
  • The National Energy Efficient Building Project (NEEBP) – an SA-led project that aims to improve energy efficiency in new buildings, renovations and additions across all states and territories.

How can iSelect help you save on energy?

Switching providers is simple and painless, and your power supply won’t be disrupted during the changeover. Best of all, we won’t charge you a cent for our service.

So, what have you got to lose?

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