Don’t be left in the dark when moving house
There are lots of things to think about when you’re moving house but don’t forget to make sure that you’ll have an electricity and gas supply in place in your new home. In Australia, it’s almost always your responsibility to organise this.
Arranging your Connection
The process of connecting your energy supply will depend on whether you’re connecting to the energy network for the first time or if you’re simply transferring the connection into your name. If your house is already connected to an electricity or gas network, then all you need to do is choose a supplier and set up an account. If you’re connecting for the first time, then you will need to contact your energy distributor in the first instance. Once you have arranged for your connection to the network, then it’s time to find a supplier.
Finding Utility Suppliers
Depending on where you live, you may be eligible to shop around for a good deal on your electricity and gas supply. This is definitely the case if your new home will be in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory or South Australia. Consumers in these states are free to choose their electricity and gas suppliers. If your new home is going to be in Tasmania, you have a more limited choice for your energy suppliers. Unfortunately, if your new home is located in Northern Territory or Western Australia, there’s no option to compare and switch suppliers for the time being.
Assuming that you’re in a position to switch, using a comparison service will help you see which suppliers can give you a more competitive deal on electricity and gas in your new home. If you don’t make a decision yourself, you’ll automatically be signed up with the energy supplier that was used by the previous owner. This contract may not be the best option for your needs so it’s best to do some shopping around before you move.
How to Get Connected In Your New Home
Once you have decided on a supplier, you’ll need to arrange for your electricity and gas supply to be connected. This is usually just a case of getting in touch with the supplier so they can help you through the connection process. Ideally, contact shouldn’t be left until the last minute as your new supplier may need a minimum time frame to get you connected. Start the process as early as possible to ensure a smooth transition of energy in your new home, and don’t forget to disconnect the energy supply at your previous residence.
Existing Solar Panels
If you’re moving into a home that has a solar panel system installed, you may be able to benefit from a solar feed-in tariff. Solar feed-in schemes are often linked to the property rather than the person who sets up the account. This means that if your home is already part of a feed-in tariff, you will be able to access the scheme until its expiration date. Note that there are usually eligibility requirements to consider; for example, you could lose access to an existing solar scheme if you make any changes to the solar panel system. Contact your supplier to arrange for the feed-in tariff to apply to your electricity bill.
At Electricityandgas.com.au, we can help you with the paperwork and connection process at your new home. We will also do the heavy lifting and find the most competitive plans available in your area so all you have to do is select the one you prefer.