Last updated on 12th March 2019

How leveraging the best energy rebates and concessions as a SA senior could save you more

Are you crippled by energy prices? You might be entitled to rebates or concessions that could reduce the cost of your bill.

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What if we told you there’s a way to save more on your power bills? If you’re a SA resident, and you’ve been stuck with the same electricity provider for several years without comparing other offers, chances are you’re paying too much for energy.

Electricity is a vital expense for many Aussie seniors, who are doing everything they can to save on costs. No matter how diligent you are about turning off the lights and using energy-efficient appliances, sometimes it seems like the bills keep getting higher.

Thanks to a clever comparison service, mature Aussies now have another way to save on electricity, and it could be the most effective method of all. This service has arrived at a time when older Australians are battling increasing electricity prices. Statistics show that rising electricity costs rank as the top concern among Australian consumers.

Electricity and Gas is an Australian comparison service taking power away from the electricity industry and putting it back in the hands of consumers. Now Australians can compare name brand electricity providers all in one place, saving them time and money.

Here’s How You Do It:

Step 1: Select your State below.
Step 2: After answering a few questions, you will have the opportunity to compare quotes in your area and could be eligible for significant savings.

It’s hard enough to manage the bills on a budget, but even harder when those bills are getting higher. That’s why the team at Electricity and Gas has compiled a list of rebates and concessions available in South Australia

Energy Concessions for Seniors

Each state government offers a discount to Pensioner Concession Card or Seniors Card holders. The title, value and eligibility requirements of these concessions vary from state to state, so be sure to check your state government’s website to confirm what discounts may be available. Some energy companies, such as EnergyAustralia, AGL and OriginEnergy provide concessions to seniors all across Australia.

“EnergyAustralia provides electricity and gas concessions on behalf of the Department of Human Services to customers holding an eligible Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, Centrelink Health, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card For All Conditions, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (TPI), Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (EDA), Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (War Widow), Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (POW).”*

Energy rebates and discounts

SA Electricity Rebates

South Australia has four energy rebates for residential customers:

  • SA Energy Rebate
  • Concessions Energy Discount Offer (SACEDO)
  • Medical heating and cooling concession
  • Cost of living concession

SA Energy Rebate

Eligible South Australians on low or fixed incomes can apply for help with the cost of energy bills for their principal place of residence. The concession amount is indexed each financial year. For 2018-19, you may be eligible to receive up to $223.01 to cover both electricity and gas payments (including LPG bottled gas).

SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer (SACEDO)

The SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer (SACEDO) is available to energy concession recipients. This may save eligible households up to $531 per year on electricity bills, and is available in addition to the energy concession.

The SACEDO includes:

  • a guaranteed 18% off electricity usage and supply charges until at least 30 June 2019
  • flexible payment options
  • no late payment, processing, paper bill, credit card or exit fees.

Medical heating and cooling concession

The Medical Heating and Cooling Concession assists South Australians on a fixed or low income who have a clinically verified medical condition which requires the frequent use of heating or cooling in the home to prevent the severe worsening of their condition. The concession is currently $223.01 per year and available to eligible applicants in addition to the current energy concession.

If you live in a residential park you may be eligible for a combined concession for your water, sewerage and energy through the Residential Park Concession.

Cost of living concession

The Cost of Living Concession helps those on low or fixed incomes with their cost of living expenses, whether that be electricity, water, gas or medical bills.
For all available concessions, it is best to contact your retailer over the phone or via their website. Your retailer will check your card details with Centrelink and apply the concession to your bill.

For more information,
visit https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/care-and-support/financial-support/concessions.

How can I reduce my energy bill?

Luckily, as a senior in SA, you are eligible for multiple rebates and concessions in regards to your energy. However, even if you’re eligible for a rebate, there’s a lot more you can do to save on electricity and gas. If it’s been a while since you last compared energy providers, then you could be paying unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses for energy.

Electricity and Gas is a trusted online service that makes it easy to shop around for an energy provider. In just a few minutes an experienced staff member will be in touch to help you find an affordable energy plan from a name brand provider, saving you time and money.

To see if you could save on energy, just enter your details at ElectricityandGas.com.au to receive a customised quote from an expert staff member. It’s easy to start saving on your electricity bills.

*https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/home/bills-and-accounts/concessions/victoria

This article is opinion only and should not be taken as medical or financial advice. Check with a financial professional before making any decisions.