Gladys Berejiklian MP
Gladys Berejiklian MP
NSW Parliament

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ENERGY SWITCH WILL HELP SLASH GAS BILLS

Friday, 29 March 2019

More than 1.3 million households using gas could save hundreds of dollars off their energy bills with the NSW Government expanding its popular Energy Switch service. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet today announced the Energy Switch program will be expanded to include household gas from May – just in time to slash winter energy bills. “This is an opportunity for more than a million households across NSW to see if there is a better deal to be found on their gas bill and help ease the cost of living,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Energy Switch is already saving NSW households hundreds of dollars on their electricity bills and today’s announcement will help people save even more by finding the best deal for gas.” The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) inquiry into Retail Electricity Pricing found NSW has the lowest residential electricity charges of any mainland state, and Ms Berejiklian said driving energy prices lower still was a priority. “The NSW Liberals and Nationals are committed to reducing the cost of living and delivering lower gas and power prices,” Ms Berejiklian said.“This will help create competition and I encourage people to make use of the Energy Switch program to get the best deal for their electricity and gas.”  Energy Switch is a free service launched in November 2018 which allows households to switch electricity providers in minutes online, via phone or in-person at Service NSW centres. The program works by using a customer’s latest energy e-bill to scan every retailer in NSW and gives customers the cheapest three energy plans available. If a switch is requested, Service NSW will inform the energy provider. “It’s a fast and easy process and Service NSW will do the heavy lifting for the customer by checking their gas usage, searching the market for available plans and if savings can be found, then we will make the switch for them,” Mr Perrottet said. "The average Energy Switch saving so far has been more than $400 on annual electricity bills. I encourage people to see what they can save off their bills. “While we are helping people cut the cost of living, Labor has promised more than $1 billion worth of new taxes and charges which will hit the hip pockets of people right across NSW.” The expanded service for gas will be rolled out from May 2019 in all Service NSW centres and online through https://energyswitch.service.nsw.gov.au.  This new initiative, along with the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ plan to install solar energy and battery storage for 300,000 homes and provide a new $200 energy rebate for self-funded retirees, will help to further reduce the cost of living. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has saved households more than $200 million over the last year through a raft of cost of living measures, including cheaper Green Slips, $100 Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers, Free Rego and the FuelCheck app.