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Australia has significant natural gas supplies which service both domestic and overseas demand. Finding a good value supplier for your household can be a daunting process so Switchwise was developed to empower consumers to compare gas plans from our panel of suppliers quickly and easily.
Australia has more than 3.75 million residential gas users and 105,000 business gas users, with the largest number of gas users in Victoria followed by New South Wales (NSW) and the ACT. Gas users can use the Switchwise calculator to compare a selection of gas offers and in many cases apply to switch to a new gas company online.
deregulating the industry
When the various State Governments decided to deregulate their energy industries, part of the reasoning behind the decision was to allow consumers better access to cheap home gas through a competitive marketplace. There are now numerous gas suppliers, and households are free to compare gas providers and choose the supplier they prefer, selecting plans with better service, cheaper prices or better environmental benefits.
Changes to the ownership of the gas pipeline infrastructure as well as subsequent regulatory modifications since the 1990's have seen the break-up of individual gas suppliers into separate gas transmission and distribution companies, many of which are now privately owned.
To ensure monopolies did not develop and that gas competition and pricing remained fair, the Government introduced regulations allowing third party access to pipelines. More recently, under reforms agreed to in the Australian Energy Market Agreement 2004 (amended 2006) the current Gas Law and Gas Code is to be replaced with the National Gas Law and National Gas Rules which require the owners of covered pipelines to submit access arrangements to the regulator for approval. All these measures help ensure that the supply of gas to Australian households by the various providers remains price competitive and fair.
natural gas usage
Natural gas has many applications in the home and business sectors of the Australian economy. Gas is useful in the home because it is a source of cheap energy for cooking, hot water and heating. Business use involves all sectors from restaurants and cafes through to hotels and schools. Natural gas is also used by a growing number of power stations to generate electricity as a clean and inexpensive alternative to coal. Compressed natural gas is increasingly being used for transport, mainly in buses.
gaining an edge in gas
To find out whether you can save money on your gas bills use Switchwise to compare gas pricing and plans from a variety of gas suppliers. Our price comparisons and calculators give you the opportunity to compare a range of offers from different gas suppliers on our panel and possibly find yourself a cheaper gas supplier or plan. On our search results page our range of gas plans is automatically sorted from cheapest to highest cost so you can easily see if there is a cheaper deal available from our panel of suppliers.
advantages over coal
One of the key advantages of natural gas is that it pollutes less than other hydrocarbon energy sources. The burning of natural gas still releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere but compared to coal and oil the amount of carbon dioxide released is significantly less and thus natural gas has an environmental advantage by up to 65 percent. It is also thus becoming an increasingly viable alternative for electricity generation and transportation. Gas fired electricity turbines are also far more efficient than coal fired turbines.
In addition to its environmental benefits, natural gas is also the energy of choice for your home. Running your heating, hot water and oven & stove on natural gas is usually cheaper than electricity due to both its generally lower prices and higher efficiency.