We compare gas and electricity plans from over 10 energy providers that service the state of Victoria including major energy providers like EnergyAustralia, AGL and Origin Energy through to newer players like Powershop, Tango and Sumo.
Energy plan information is provided to our service directly from the energy providers themselves so you can be sure that the information on our site is accurate and contains energy plans that are currently available to new customers in your postcode.
To help you select the best energy provider for your home, Mozo also publishes customer reviews from energy providers in Victoria on our website, where customers rate their energy provider on things like bill clarity, price, customer service and whether they are green friendly.
We’ve created a no-fuss switching process. Once you’ve found the best gas or electricity deal for your household, you can begin your application process with your chosen energy provider without even leaving the Mozo website. You’ll need to complete the online sign up form, which includes filling out details like:
The supply address
NMI - national meter identifier (this is the meter number and can be found on your energy bill)
Account holder’s name and key contact details
You’ll then receive a confirmation from the energy provider directly and your switch is complete.
Yes of course. Simply plug in the VIC postcode details for the property where you’ll be moving to and first compare electricity and gas providers that are available in your new postcode.
As you won’t have a recent bill handy for this address in Victoria, we can still give you quote estimates based on the number of people who will be living at the address and your estimated usage.
Most energy providers need a few days advance notice of your moving date to ensure that your new electricity and gas connection is set up in time for your move. Just select your move in date into our energy comparison tool. Want more info, check out our moving house energy guide.
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Are you a chronic sufferer of energy bill shock? Luckily, if you live in Victoria, there is a cure. Unlike some Australian states, Victoria has a deregulated energy market which means you have the freedom to switch energy providers whenever you like. So if your current energy plan is leaving a little more to be desired, shop around for a better deal? Mozo can help you out with our comparison tool above.
Most energy providers in Victoria offer different kinds of energy plans for you to choose from.
But whether you’re searching for an individual plan or a dual gas and electricity service, here are some of the features you should look for before signing up:
No lock-in contracts and exit fees: If you opt for an energy plan without any lock-in contracts or exit fees, you’ll have the flexibility to leave or move onto another offer anytime you like - without having to pay fees. That way, if you feel unhappy with your current energy deal, you won’t feel stuck and can make the switch to a better plan whenever it suits.
Green power option: Looking to go environmentally friendly? You could sign up to a plan with a retailer that uses renewable energy. This will put your mind at ease that your energy usage will be offset by the renewable energy that’s been added to the grid on your behalf.
Bill smoothing: No one enjoys the bitter taste of bill shock after summer or winter when your gas and electricity bills tend to skyrocket, thanks to your generous use of the air-conditioner or heater during those seasons. For some Aussies who earn a fixed salary, finding that extra bit of cash to cover the more expensive energy bill isn't always easy.
That’s when bill smoothing comes in handy. Many energy retailers in Victoria have plans with flexible payment options that allow you to spread the estimated annual cost of their service across equal monthly, fortnightly or weekly payments. This option to pay in regular installments could make it a lot easier for you to manage your household budget. Read our guide on bill smoothing to learn more about the ins and outs of how this feature works.
The cost of your energy service will depend on where you live in Victoria and of course, how much energy your household consumes. Your energy bill can be broken down into two separate charges:
Usage charge: Your provider will charge you for every unit of gas or electricity you use, so the less gas or electricity you use, the cheaper your bill will be. You can lower your bill in a number of ways, including switching to more energy-efficient appliances. For more ways to save on energy, check out our energy saving tips.
Daily supply charge: Even if you don’t use any electricity, you’ll have to pay a daily supply charge, which is the fixed price per day for connecting your house to the electricity grid.
The general rule of thumb is:
To find out exactly how much energy your household consumes, you’ll need to check your energy bill. Most retailers will send a copy to you once every quarter, either via the post or via email. On your bill, you’ll see a range of information including:
You can reduce the size of your energy bill in two ways.
Firstly, of course, it’s about cutting back on the amount of energy you use. Small changes in your habits and lifestyle could help a lot in this department.
Apps are a great way to help you stay on track, as they can monitor your energy usage, and even check the efficiency of an appliance you’re thinking of purchasing.
Depending on the season you’re in, you could try actioning a number of different energy-saving tricks and tactics. Below are just some of those tactics to prepare you for summer or winter, so you’re ready to either beat the heat or brace the cold, without getting hit by bill shock at the end of each quarter.
But no matter the weather in Victoria, one of the biggest ways you could save on your energy bill is to switch to a better value plan. If you’ve been with the same energy supplier for a while, it’s likely that your energy plan won’t be the most competitive in the market right now, so be sure to shop around and compare your current offer with other providers in your area to see where savings can be made on your deal.
While there’s no such thing as the ‘best’ energy provider, you could find one that suits your household the best. To help you decide on an energy plan, you can head to our comparison tool above, or take a look at our energy reviews section, where you’ll be able to see how real customers rated their Victorian energy provider on a range of different aspects including price, customer service and green energy.
And if you’re interested in checking out which energy providers have won Aussies’ hearts, you can head over to the Mozo People’s Choice Awards 2019 for a full list of crowd favourites.
Introduced as part of the July 1 regulatory changes, the VDO or Victorian Default Offer aims to make electricity ‘fairer’ for all Victorians. From July 1, residents on ‘standing offers’ - usually basic plans at a more expensive price - will be rolled over to the VDO, so they aren’t left paying more than what they should.
While anyone in Victoria can sign up to the VDO, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best deal for you. So to make sure you’re on the right plan, it’s always worthwhile shopping around and checking out which other offers are available to Victorian households. You can use our comparison tool above to start comparing energy providers and plans today.
Yes, the meter that is installed at your house can determine the tariff you’re charged. From 2013 until 2016, Victoria actually had a government led initiative to replace the basic meter in every home in Melbourne and throughout the state with a smart meter.
Smart meters are digital meters that record your electricity usage every 30 minutes. This data is automatically sent to your electricity distributor which means you can say goodbye to estimated bills and manual meter readings.
If you have a smart meter, you now have the option of choosing between flat rates or a flexible pricing plan. With a flexible pricing plan, you are charged different tariffs depending on what time of the day you use power, which could save you a bundle on your electricity bill if you can manage to time your energy usage. You can have a read of our smart meter guide which has everything you need to know.
If you’re on an open contract, you will not be charged to switch energy providers in Victoria. However, if you have signed up for a fixed term, you may be required to pay an early termination fee for ending the contract before the period ends.
If you are moving, most energy providers in Victoria will charge a connection fee to transfer your account to your new address. This cost is generally added to your first bill at your new home.
No - you usually won’t need to notify your old electricity provider about your switch, as your new retailer will do this for you on your behalf.
Just keep in mind that your switch won’t take place as soon as you sign up with your new provider; rather, it’ll happen on your next meter read, which could be three months down the track, depending on your last meter read. If you’re looking to speed up the process, you will need to factor in a callout fee.
If you are moving to a new house or property you will need to let your old provider that you will be disconnecting the service so that they are issue you a final bill for that property. You can then decide whether to sign up to a new plan with that provider or shop around for a better deal.
At the moment, we compare 15 retailers, including Origin Energy, Energy Locals and Powershop. If you find an energy deal among those retailers that you’re happy with, you can apply directly through Mozo.
Worry not - it’s a no-fuss process. Once you’ve found the best deal for your household, you can begin your application process without even leaving the Mozo website. All you’ll need to do is complete a form, which includes filling out details like:
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I have been with them for many years between 10 rental houses in the last 15 years which has been very difficult. Origin have always connected me on time and offered me discounts when I ask.Read full review
I have been with them for many years between 10 rental houses in the last 15 years which has been very difficult. Origin have always connected me on time and offered me discounts when I ask.
Worked with us when struggling financially. Happy to assist with refund when we were in credit.Read full review
Worked with us when struggling financially. Happy to assist with refund when we were in credit.
Various solar rebates and schemes have helped thousands of Aussie households turn their green energy dreams into reality, and it’s helping boost renewable energy production big time. According to solar energy marketplace bidmysolar, one-fifth of Australia’s clean energy is generated from small-scale solar systems.One scheme that’s increasingly popular amongst Aussie homeowners is the federal government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. Under this scheme, small-scale technology certificates (STC) are generated for every kilowatt of panels installed. The number of certificates produced per system depends on its geographical location, installation date and the amount of electricity generated, which can mean a rebate worth thousands of dollars. Regardless of the system’s efficiency, the rebate per panel remains the same, prompting Aussies to purchase less reliable and cheaper systems. As a result, electricity generation and consumption are disrupted. “Quality solar will pay for itself within three to four years and last for 15 to 25 years. Comparably, cheap solar often fails within 12 to 36 months and underperforms by as much as 60% annually,” founder of bidmysolar, Bernie Kelly told Mozo. “Cheap solar is undeniably expensive solar, because not only have you invested in a system that fails but you also continue to have sizable power bills and if you decide to reinvest in a new system, the output of those costs too.” Further research from bidmysolar revealed that one in six solar systems across the country developed a major fault or stopped working altogether, with cheaper models often losing more than 20% of their output capacity within just five years. “The government incentive programme for solar has created an environment for unreliable solar operators to thrive. Cheap, underperforming and failing solar has been dumped into the Australian market,” says Kelly. It’s forecasted that more than 400,000 applications for the STC’s by the Clean Energy Regulator will be made this year. To prevent more solar hiccups for the average household, Kelly shared with Mozo his top three tips for finding a top of the line solar system. “The most important issue for consumers is to never rush in, avoid all the sales hype, and know that prices do not swing wildly from day to day or month to month,” he said. “Avoid wherever possible, finance promising interest-free, no money down. Instead, talk to your bank and use their Green Loan initiatives or a fit for purpose solar loan.“Always stick to the facts, if anybody makes a statement regarding quality and performance, have them explain the position with some science attached. Question everything which is stated verbally and have a salesperson commit to writing what they have said.“Find an independent solar advisor who is not conflicted by sales commissions or benefits, like selling your personal details to multiple solar companies.” Despite its popularity, solar power remains a mystery for many Aussies, so if you’d like to learn more about how solar energy works, have a read of our handy guide.
New figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have revealed that electricity prices have fallen by 9% since the middle of last year. As a result, thousands of households across eastern and southern states now have the potential to collectively save $900 million by making the switch to a better offer. According to ACCC Chair, Rod Sims the reason for the decline in prices was due to an increase in power generation, specifically renewable energy generation and falling fuel costs. “There are two ways that households and small businesses can get the hip-pocket benefit of recent reductions in retailers’ costs: by changing to a new, cheaper plan; or, by waiting for their retailer to lower the rates on the plan that they’re already on,” he said. Under a new law that was passed in June 2020, called the Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct (PEMM) law, electricity retailers are now required to make adjustments to their pricing in line with the cost of them to obtain electricity. And if you’ve been keeping up with energy market movements as of late, you’ll know that wholesale electricity prices have been on the decline since mid-2020. “We also expect further significant price reductions from retailers over time, as the reductions in wholesale spot prices flow through to retailers’ contracting positions,” said Sims. Victorians have the biggest potential savings of between $171 and $198 a year, as the state’s flat offer prices have reduced by 11% to 14%. This is followed by South-East Queensland ($126), South Australia ($118), New South Wales ($80 - $88) and the Australian Capital Territory ($46). Although Sims explained the ACCC will be investigating as to whether electricity retailers are following PEMM law, he encouraged Aussies to shop around to secure further savings on their annual bill. So if you think you could be getting a better deal on your electricity bill, why not take our energy comparison tool for a spin? It can help you compare some of the electricity plans available in your area.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic may have put a damper on potential international travel, it hasn’t slowed down Aussies from reaching their green energy goals. Research from solar analytics group, SunWiz finds that Aussie households had more than 31,000 solar energy batteries installed in 2020, an increase of 20% from 2019. What’s more impressive is that sub-100W solar panel installations have grown by 39% year-on-year. “In 2020 Australians continued to demonstrate a desire to reduce their power bills by making the most of the nation’s abundant and cheap solar power and empower themselves with a battery,” said SunWiz managing director, Warwick Johnston. “It was a surprisingly good year.”Unsurprisingly, South Australia led the way for solar battery installations, with just over a quarter of installations occurring in that state. According to Johnston, this influx may be linked to the state’s solar battery subsidy program. “There is such high demand from [South Australian] homeowners that the state government had to reduce its subsidy to avoid overheating the market and exhausting available government funds too quickly,” he said. SunWiz estimates that the uptake for solar batteries will continue to soar, with the analytics group forecasting an additional 33,000 installations this year alone.
Following new legislation introduced last week, Victoria is about to become the first state in Australia to impose a tax on electric vehicles (EVs) and other zero-emission vehicles. The new tax is set to come into effect on July 1 and will cost EV owners 2.5 cents per kilometre and two cents per kilometre for hybrid vehicles. It’s estimated that the total cost for EV owners will be up to $300 every year at registration time. Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas explained that the decision to introduce the tax on EVs was to ensure that all Victorian drivers were treated equally while creating a sustainable road network. "We are providing confidence to new electric vehicle owners with a massive boost to our charging network, funded by the distance-based charge, which will reduce range anxiety as a key barrier to take-up," he said.However, not everyone is on board with the new initiative, Greens MP, Sam Hibbins said the argument for the EV tax was not justifiable and was nothing more than a “tax grab by the government”.
According to new analysis from the Climate Council, it’s clear that gas power is slowly starting to be phased out from the National Energy Market (NEM). The non-profit organisation found that output from gas generators fell to rock bottom levels over the past summer, reaching only a total of 5% of the market share. They believe that this was due to wind and solar power breaking records of their own, surging to new heights of generation. “Our existing gas power stations are struggling to compete with clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy and storage. Australia does not need any new gas,” said Climate Council senior researcher, Tim Baxter. “Gas is a polluting and expensive fossil fuel that’s on the way out and has no role to play in our economic recovery. It’s driving up household power prices, and prices for our manufacturing industries, putting the sector at risk.” The last time gas peaked was in Autumn 2014, occupying 13% of the market share, meanwhile, renewable energy has doubled in market share during the same period. During the most recent summer in New South Wales, the market share of renewables hit 26.1%, compared to just 0.9% for gas. These figures were even more impressive in Victoria, with the renewables’ market share claiming 29.5%, compared to a mere 0.5% for gas. “As the sunniest and one of the windiest places on the planet, Australia should be cashing-in on its renewable advantage, and in doing so, rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a win-win,” said Baxter.
As we know, the COVID-19 lockdown began in early March, which saw many Aussies having to adjust to work life from the comfort of their couch or unfortunately, experience financial hardship for the very first time.
As Aussies across the country ease themselves back into work following the Christmas break, the Victorian government has been well ahead of the game, announcing its decision for the Victorian Default Offer (VDO).
While the winter chill is certain to send shivers up the spines of many Aussies, the dreaded July 1 energy price update may have a similar effect.