Will regulated default electricity prices be a win for energy customers?

The Federal Government has announced plans to reduce electricity rates paid by small business and household customers stuck on 'excessive' standing offer plans. However questions are emerging whether a new regulated 'Default Market Offer' (DMO) set to replace standing offers may create less price competition in the retail energy market and leave some customers worse off.

Can The Energy Charter deliver on more affordable electricity prices?

Last year, trust and public confidence in energy companies reached a record low. According to a 2018 AEMC report, only 39% of Australians said they trusted their energy company, compared to 50% in the previous year.

Lower electricity prices for 39,000 small businesses in 2019, but greater savings still found by shopping around.

Following pressure from the federal government, small business energy customers on 'standing offers' coming up for expiry across a range of leading energy retailers will benefit from lower electricity rates starting from 1 January 2019. Yet these customers will continue to overpay and be slugged with a 'loyalty tax' by not shopping around.

AGL customers on highest rates will receive a 10% discount from January 1

Over 150,000 AGL customers who have been on standing offers for over a year will have their electricity rates automatically reduced by up to 10% from January 1, 2019.

Opinion: What Does 'Fair-Dinkum' Energy Really Mean?

With a Twitter feud raging over the definition of 'fair dinkum' energy policy, it has been interesting to observe the lack of attention on the role of private sector innovations. As CEO of Australia's leading SME focused energy broker, I would like to set the politics of energy aside and instead outline how our company is helping Australian businesses save costs, reinvest in their operations and pass savings onto the consumer.

Power prices continue to fall in South East Queensland, but are customers switching?

The latest report by the Queensland Competition Authority has revealed a continuation of declining prices on offer from energy retailers in South East Queensland and stark differences between the most expensive and least expensive retail rates.

DiFY Turns 1!

It was just one year ago the team at Make it Cheaper had a vision to help Australians say goodbye to expensive, non-competitive energy deals with zero hassle, no cost and big savings.

The cost of loyalty: NSW energy users charged 20% more by failing to shop around

The latest NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribune (IPART) review of the competitiveness of the retail energy market has revealed the extent customers are being punished for failing to shop for better deals between retailers.

Energy customers to be notified before their rates rise from 2019

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has announced a new five day notice period before planned electricity and gas price rises for energy customers.

Electricity and Gas Among Fastest Rising Household Expenses in the Last Decade

According to the latest released consumer price index (CPI) figures from the ABS, the cost of electricity and gas were the fastest rising household expenses for Australians in the last decade, trailing only increases in the costs of tobacco and tailored cigarettes.