(PRWEB) June 27, 2012
In 2011 the Australian Government passed the Clean Energy Future Bills, which resulted in what has become known as the Carbon Tax, being imposed from 1 July 2012. The most immediate and obvious impact on consumers will be on the cost of electricity, which is set to rise in every state of the nation.
In an interview today, Alan Belkin, CEO of price comparison specialist ElectricityWizard.com.au, says recent media focus on obtaining better electricity prices (by making a one big switch), while timely, is a message his Electricity Wizard team has been delivering for nearly 2 years.
Media Encouraging Big Switch
“Our media release on June 14 about comparing electricity prices, appears to have resulted in residents and businesses have been subjected to media campaigns and direct marketing on just that topic” said Mr Belkin. “However, we don’t believe getting better electricity prices requires a ‘class action’ - it just needs action.”
He also notes that consumers should examine the services being touted very carefully.
“One that has a big media push behind it isn’t a real comparison service, and doesn’t necessarily allow the customer access the deal that best meets their needs both in terms of price and terms and conditions” he explained. “The best electricity price today may not be the best price within 6 months, and customers need to compare more than one option to make the right choice. Be smart, do your research ignore the hype.”
“Our free service has sourced better gas and electricity prices to over 50,000 Australians already - people who have been proactive in managing their energy costs. And ElectricityWizard will continue to do so, long after the hype surrounding the carbon tax has passed.”
Electricity Price Increases
Electricity prices in Australia have been on the rise for several years, mainly as a result of infrustructure spending, explained the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon Greg Combet, in an interview on June 20. He said:
“It’s probably timely to make the observation in relation to electricity prices in response to your question that over the last three years, electricity prices in Queensland have risen by an average of 39 per cent; in New South Wales, an average of 55 per cent; in Victoria, an average of 37 per cent; in South Australia, an average of 43 per cent; in Tasmania, an average of 36 per cent, and in Western Australia, an average of 57 per cent.”
There is no choice in service providers in some States, but in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, where there is competition, consumers are being encouraged to shop around. But it is because this takes time, Mr Belkin believes, that the ElectricityWizard.com.au free service has been well-received by the public.
“We go about our business without fanfare and hype, or massive marketing budgets - preferring instead to pass on savings to consumers” explained Mr Belkin.
Gas and electricity price comparisons across our range of retailers can be made at ElectricityWizard.com.au .
About Electricity Wizard
Electricity Wizard’s mission is to provide Australians with an easy way to get a better deal on their energy bills. It is dedicated to providing Australians with a free service which allows them to source a better deal for their energy bills in just a few minutes.
The Australian gas and electricity market is one of the most competitive in the world - with dozens of companies, making it extremely difficult to know if you’re choosing the right plan for you.
Electricity Wizard’s mission is to provide an easy way to find a better deal in your area. Its free comparison service has been used by over 50,000 Australians to compare rates and plans, and get a deal that best meets their needs.
When consumers contact Electricity Wizard, one of their friendly Australian staff will assess their current rates and plan, and recommend better options for their home or business from their range of preferred partners.
Best of all, the service is completely free. To find a better deal on your energy bills, in minutes, visit electricitywizard.com.au