With the recent nationwide energy price increase, many Australians are facing cost-of-living pressures and higher power bills. But, did you know that as many as 40% of people who are eligible for energy concessions are not taking advantage of them? Are you one of those people?
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Do you or someone you know have a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, Centrelink HealthCare Card or Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card? If so, you could be eligible for Government energy concessions that can help lower your electricity or gas bills. If you’re wondering how to claim energy concessions in your area, read more below.
- 1 How Can I Reduce My Energy Bill Further?
- 2 What Are Energy Concessions?
- 3 How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?
- 4 How Do I Claim Energy Concessions In My Area?
- 5 What If I Live In An Embedded or On-Supplied Network?
- 6 What If I Am Not Eligible for Energy Concessions?
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How Can I Reduce My Energy Bill Further?
If you think you’re paying more for electricity, it’s possible you are. One of the easiest ways you can lower your bill is to compare energy plans and switch to a more competitive rate. Most retailers offer a benefit period that ends after a specified period (i.e. 12 months). Once this promotional period ends, you may be paying more than necessary. At Electricity Monster, we can help you potentially lower your bill by comparing rates and finding you a fair deal from our network of partnered retailers. We may also be able to apply energy concessions to your energy account at no cost to you. Click on the link below to get our best deal and a $50 voucher.
What Are Energy Concessions?
Energy concessions are benefits offered to concession holders. Generally speaking, it’s money off your energy bills and back in your pocket.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?
In order to take advantage of energy concessions, you’ll need to be a Commonwealth concession cardholder, with eligible cards such as:
- Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
- Centrelink HealthCare Card
- Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
Residents claiming the concessions must have an energy account in their name and be listed first on their energy bill.
Please note that eligibility may vary depending on your state or territory. Give us a call at Electricity Monster if you have any questions regarding energy concessions.
How Do I Claim Energy Concessions In My Area?
In order to claim energy concessions in your area, you’ll need to contact your energy provider or the government if you live in South Australia and Northern Territory to apply them to your bill.
Or, you can also call us at Electricity Monster today. We can take a look at your energy account and potentially apply for an energy concession. On top of this, we can also find you the best deal we have available within our network of partnered providers so you can get an energy plan that best suits your budget and needs.
What If I Live In An Embedded or On-Supplied Network?
If you live in an embedded network or get your energy from your strata or landlord in a caravan park and you are eligible to receive an energy concession, you must contact your energy provider and ask them to apply the concession to your energy bill.
Embedded networks can be defined as residents that get their electricity from their landlord in an apartment building, retirement home, or village. A resident that receives power bills but does not have a direct relationship with the retailer may not fall under the embedded network category.
What If I Am Not Eligible for Energy Concessions?
Homeowners suffering from high energy bills are also urged to compare energy plans and providers in order to ease the increasing cost-of-living pressures. If you’re looking to switch or want to compare plans, give Electricity Monster a call today, as we can analyse your energy usage and offer you a variety of free solutions to help you find a better deal.
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Benjamin Tom covers the retail energy market, with a focus on electricity, solar, and Internet. His interests include helping people navigate the complexities of the energy market while saving money on their power bills.