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Using Switchwise is easy!

Analyse
We ask you a few simple questions to understand your energy profile.
Compare
From our panel of energy providers and plans we have access to, we rank available plans in your area based on associated price and discounts.
Switch
We'll help you set up your new account for you.
Compare and apply with Switchwise. We handle the boring admin!

Why Switchwise?

We make it easy for you to choose a great electricity and gas plan.
Free Service
We offer a free service to all Australian households and consumers.
Save Time
Switchwise can quickly and easily compare a wide range of plans from our panel of providers for you in one spot.
Moving house?
No problems - we can organise the electricity and gas connections to your new home for you.

Compare some great offers from our panel of energy partners

Frequently Asked Questions

Why change provider through Switchwise? Why not go direct?

The answer is simple: in one place you can find a variety of deals to compare! We simplify the comparison service for you by ranking on price, however you can also see at a glance the key features of each plan or filter for options based on your preferences. Some other reasons why you should change your energy provider through Switchwise are:

  • Added Service - we not only compare energy providers – but also manage the switching process based on your chosen energy retailer.
  • We are an Australian company - if you need us you'll always get to speak to a real person here on the ground.
  • We are a free service to consumers - we do not add a premium on top of the pricing offered by energy retailers - so you can be sure that you're getting the same plan with the same features that you would get direct from an energy retailer.

 

How are Estimated Costs and Estimated Savings Calculated?
  • Estimating your usage and estimating your savings

Where you do not have a bill handy, or where you are moving house, we firstly use your household size to estimate how much electricity and gas you use per year. Household size uses industry averages for energy usage in the state you live in based on property type and number of persons per household. Our estimate of your energy usage is provided in the top right hand corner on the page where we provide you a range of energy plans from our partners that are available to you.  You can validate our estimate by comparing it to your actual energy bills.

Once we have estimated your energy usage, the Switchwise calculator then takes the pricing structure of your current retailer’s market rates and factors in any discounts or exist fees you tell us that you have with your current plan.  If we do not have details on our website about your current energy supplier’s default plan, and you choose the “Other” option, Switchwise will use Origin Energy’s market rates as the basis for your Estimated Annual cost and Estimated Annual savings (these rates are published annually by Original Energy and form the base pricing for all Origin Energy products). 

We then compare this against our partner retailers in your location to provide you with an Estimated Annual cost and any Estimated Annual savings you may experience over a 12 month period if you switch retailers. Please note we assume the retailers on our panel do not change their prices in the first 12 months from the time of signup, even though this is a possibility depending on the plan you select. We also assume you will not have a fluctuation in energy usage and that you will have a peak only consumption meter if you do not provide us with your meter type. More information on meter types is in our FAQ Here. In some cases, if your current plan is more competitive (that is, you would not make any savings by switching to one of our panel retailer plans), we will display in red text (to ensure it is very clear) the estimated Additional Costs you may experience over a 12 month period.

It is important to be aware that we do not assume in our Estimated Annual cost and our Estimated Savings cost that you would prefer an energy plan that includes certain non-price features such as bill smoothing, renewable energy or ones that allow you to manage your account online. However using the filters on our results page you can filter to see energy plans that include certain features such as no exist fees, renewable energy and monthly billing. So if price is not the only factor that is important to you, please carefully consider other non-price features of energy plans before signing up.

  •  We annualise your energy use where less than 12 months usage data is provided (relevant only for customers who are not moving house)

If you provide us with details of your actual energy usage for a month or a quarter or other period of less than 12 months we annualise this usage in making our calculations. So if you tell us your usage for a quarter we will multiply that usage by 4 to get an annual figure. Similarly, a monthly usage figure would be multiplied by 12 to get an annual figure. If the usage figure for the period in question is unusually high or low then your annual usage may be over or under-estimated and the estimated annual cost of the plans of our partner retailers may be correspondingly over or under estimated.

Usually a household's energy consumption will change from month to month depending upon the seasons and weather patterns. For example, if you experience unusually hot weather one month it would be normal to expect that your electricity consumption in that month would be higher than normal (assuming you use an air-conditioner or fan to cool down).

  • We assume you have a single-rate meter if you do not provide detailed usage data (relevant only for customers who are not moving house)

As we are unable to determine the type of electricity meter you have at your property we assume you have a single-rate meter and that you therefore  pay the same rate for all your electricity consumption 24/7 unless you actually provide us with detailed usage data form your bills.

Single rate meters are currently the most common meter type.  However, there are different meters such as a two-rate meter, where you have off-peak hot water heating for example, or a time-of-use meter, which allow for different rates to be charged across three daily time intervals.  If you do have a different meter to a single rate meter, this will not be reflected in our estimated cost for the plans of our partner retailers. However, if you select a plan from one of our partner retailers, they will determine your correct meter type and send you as part of your welcome pack the pricing information for that meter type. Remember that you have a 10 business day cooling-off period to cancel should you be unhappy with the rates provided by your new supplier.

If you want to get the most accurate estimate for the cost of the plans offered by our partner retailers we recommend that you take the time to enter usage information from your energy bills into our search form.

Please note that using the usage estimation options provides estimates only - every household has a different consumption pattern depending upon many factors resulting in unique yearly costs and savings but the usage assumptions we make should still provide you with a good relative ranking of our range of plans from cheapest to most expensive.

 

How is Switchwise paid?

Here at Switchwise we are paid a commission from our energy partners whenever we arrange a successful connection or transfer on our customers' behalf. It is important to note we do not rank energy plans based on how much we get paid by particular providers. We will always only rank the gas and electricity plans we have available to us based on price and associated discounts.

How does Switchwise rank energy plans?

We ranks plans based on the price that you would pay in a period as a customer on specific energy plans. There are three factors we use to make this estimate:

  1. Usage charges (for the electricity/gas that you use);
  2. Supply charges (which you pay daily to cover the network costs); and
  3. Relevant discounts – such as ‘guaranteed discounts’ that you just receive as a customer, as well as ‘conditional discounts’ such as percentage off discounts when you pay on time. For the full list of assumptions see here: www.switchwise.com.au/assumptions
Does Switchwise compare all suppliers and plans in the Australian Energy Market?

No. We do not show every supplier and every plan in each state and/or territory of Australia. We do compare many of the major power companies and energy plans in Australia. Our panel of energy retailers is made up of the following companies: ActewAGL, Alinta, Dodo Power & Gas, Energy Australia, Origin Energy, Powershop, Red Energy & Sumo Power. It is important to note that in some cases not all plans offered by each retailer is compared. In addition, the percentage of products compared varies from retailer to retailer and will depend on where your property is located. 

Am I in a location where I can choose my electricity and/or gas provider?

Being able to choose an electricity or gas provider depends on the state that you live in. If you search using our site you will be able to see if there is a choice of provider. A quick summary is below:

Residents of the Australian Capital Territory / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia and Victoria in most cases can choose their electricity and gas suppliers and can change at any time.

Tasmanian residential electricity customers cannot currently change their provider as Aurora Energy is the only supplier available. Tasmanians can choose which gas supplier they go with depending on the area.

Residents in Western Australians & the Northern Territory are currently not able to choose their gas or electricity suppliers.

Who owns Switchwise?

We are a Computershare Company. Founded in 1978 and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange since 1994, Computershare employs over 15,000 people across the globe, providing services in over 20 countries.

Why should I switch my current electricity and gas plan?

With such a competitive energy retail market in several states of Australia and great offers being released all the time - why shouldn’t you find and switch to a better plan for you? Maybe you want to reduce your household expenses or change to a different plan that provides features and benefits that are better suited to you and your household. Or perhaps you're motivated to switch to an energy plan that incorporates renewable energy sources. Whatever the reason - we are here to help you find a better deal.