Business Electricity Rates & Prices
Business vs residential electricity charges
Just like your home electricity account, Australian businesses with metered premises located in the following states and territories are able to shop between energy retailers to take advantage of cheaper electricity rates, higher discounts and other more favourable contract terms.
- New South Wales
- South East Queensland (including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich)
- Australian Capital Territory
- South Australia
Business energy users located in Western Australia, Tasmania, parts of regional Queensland and the Northern Territory have less retailer choice and electricity rates continue to be set within a government regulated market.
Most retailers offer separate business plans with different terms from residential electricity offers. Whether you're looking to invest your savings back into growing your business, or lock in rates and an attractive discount for a set period to provide certainty over your business costs, Make It Cheaper's business energy experts can guide you through the process of finding a better business energy deal for you.
Where to find business electricity rates from energy suppliers
All Australian retailers in deregulated markets (listed above) are required to clearly set out business electricity rates in an Energy Price Fact Sheet.
Make It Cheaper Australia compare business electricity rates and plans across a panel of ten energy retailers. You can access the Energy Price Fact Sheets of retailers in our panel using the below links to their website:
- Energy Australia
- Alinta Energy
- ERM Business Energy
- Next Business Energy
- Power Direct
- Blue NRG
- Momentum Energy
- Sumo Power
Detailed comparison of business electricity rates can be a time consuming process - while all rates are publicly accessible online, differences in components of pricing such as supply charge, discounting, peak/off-peak and shoulder timing create additional complexity that can significantly affect your final bill.
Online comparison services such as Make It Cheaper do the hard for Australian businesses looking to find the cheapest electricity rates.
Understanding business electricity rates
The total cost of your business electricity is divided between a fixed daily 'supply' charge and a variable usage charge.
Variable usage charges can be structured in several different ways depending on your business energy plan:
- Single rate business electricity tariffs - one standard kW/h rate that is the same at all times of the day and and all days of the year
- Time of use business electricity tariffs - different kW/h rates apply based on the time of day the energy is consumed. Typically, a 'peak hour' rate for periods of highest demand, an 'off peak' rate and 'shoulder' rates that sit between peak and off-peak times. Different providers and electricity plans can also define these times at different hours of the day and days the week so it is important to understand the patterns of your business electricity usage to properly compare time of use tariffs.
- Controlled load tariffs - a special rate that typically applies to separately metered appliances such as a timed electric hot water heater that will only run during off-peak hours.
For most businesses, selecting a business electricity plan and choosing between single rate tariffs or taking advantage of lower off peak rates under a time of use plan can have significant cost implications to your overall bill. Consider how your business operates, and whether there are regular patterns to your overall electricity consumption. A business energy specialist at Make It Cheaper can help you select a better electricity plan for your account.
Business electricity rate discounts
In addition to the supply and kW/h usage rates applicable for a particular business energy plan, retailers will often offer two types of discounts on top of usage rates:
- Conditional discounts which will only be applied if certain conditions are met. For example, a pay on time discount applied as long as the bill payment is not made past the due date
- Guaranteed discounts which will be applied throughout the contract term and are not contingent on any special conditions
Which electricity supplier has the cheapest prices?
Because of the different component charges - supply costs, usage tariffs, peak/off-peak rates and discounts - working out if a new electricity provider or plan will actually save you money requires accurately calculating all of these variables against your existing and rates. It's not enough to simply compare the size of discounts offered by retailers as their actual tariff rates can differ: a large overall headline discount does not necessarily mean the largest saving.
Comparing business electricity prices
The cost of your business electricity can vary significantly between different energy providers and be the difference between thousands to tens of thousands in annual savings depending on your level of usage.
If you have a recent bill, a business energy expert at Make It Cheaper Australia can do the hard work for you and compare multiple offers from our panel of up 10 Australian retailers and perform the switching for you.
With our innovative DiFY (Do it For You) product, we can ensure you'll automatically be searching for a more competitive deal every time your contract comes up for renewal, and we'll even switch for you without having go through a comparison phone call again. Learn more about DiFY.