This week in banking news - neobanks, home renos, bad energy habits and term deposits

  • Find out just how much bad energy habits will cost Aussies this summer
  • Why you should hold off on renovating this Christmas
  • Is it important to tell your bank about your overseas travel plans?
  • How UBank is making saving easier
  • The business bank launching a term deposit
  • Find out which new neobank just released its savings interest rate

All in this week’s banking recap.

Aussies’ bad energy habits will cost them dearly this summer

According to research recently conducted by Mozo, bad energy habits could cost you on average, around $378 this summer.

And that’s just how much you’ll waste if you leave your air conditioning on overnight. Other bad habits, including leaving the air conditioning on for your pet pals and tumble drying clothes instead of letting the sun dry them naturally, could also add on a hefty amount to your bill.

But the good news is, Mozo found one simple way to save, on average $554 per year on your energy bills. Read the full story on Aussies’ bad energy habits.

Why you might want to hold off on renovating this Christmas

From bad energy habits to home renovations, summer is a pretty busy time for a lot of Aussies. In fact, according to recent research from ME Bank, two thirds of Australians use Christmas time to get home renovations done.

And while Christmas might be a great time of year to tick off some to-do items, if you’re at a loss as to how you’re going to pay for your renovations, it might be a good idea to take a step back and have a look at refinance home loans

You can check out the full article on Christmas renovations here.

Why should I tell my bank about my overseas travel plans?

If you’re planning a trip abroad this summer, it might be a good idea to alert your bank before you go. Why? Because your travel debit or credit card could be blocked if your bank spots unusual activity, such as purchases made in another country.

You can easily let your bank know your plans, using your banking app or even with a quick phone call. Just as long as you alert them before you start spending in an unusual location, you should be able to avoid the headache of getting your card unblocked while in a foreign country.

Read the full article on notifying your bank of your upcoming travel plans.

UBank partners with fintech company Basiq to make saving easier

Just in time for Christmas, online bank UBank have teamed up with fintech company Basiq to help customers review their spending and save money.

With this new technology, if you’re a UBank customer, you’ll be able to view a complete breakdown of your spending using the bank’s in-app budget tool. 

Find out more about UBank and Basiq’s new partnership here.

Business bank Tyro launches term deposits

In some exciting news for Aussie businesses, business bank Tyro announced this week that it will soon be offering businesses a new term deposit product.

The interest rate for this new term deposit is yet to be released, but Tyro did reveal that it will be available for existing customers with a Tyro Bank Account and that you will be able to stash away as little as $1,000 for 30, 60 or 90 day terms.

Read the full story on Tyro’s new term deposit.

Neobank, Volt Bank’s new interest rate could be a game changer

On the subject of savings, highly anticipated neobank Volt Bank, this week finally released its ongoing savings interest rate.

The new neobank will be offering future customers an ongoing savings rate of 2.15% on balances up to $245,000. And the great news is, you won’t have to adhere to any rules, such as depositing a certain amount each month to earn it. 

Sitting head and shoulders above not only the average in the Mozo database but also the second highest, savings account base rate, Volt’s 2.15% interest rate is definitely something to write home about.

Now if you’re reading this thinking the interest rate on your own savings account isn’t so hot, it might be time to shop around. Interest rates on savings accounts may be at an all time low, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and get the best deal out there.

Why not take a look at the high interest savings accounts below or head to Mozo’s savings accounts comparison page for a full list of potentials.

Compare high interest savings accounts - last updated February 27, 2021

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  • Mozo Experts Choice 2021
    Bonus Saver Account

    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.20% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)
    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate when at least $20 is deposited each month and five Visa Debit transactions are made each month using linked Everyday or Glide transaction accounts.

    Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2021 in the Regular Saver category.^ No monthly account fees and no minimum balance requirements.

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  • Serious Saver

    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    0.30% p.a. (for $0 to $1,000,000)
    0.15% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    No withdrawals in the month. Bonus rate for first 4 months, reverting to 0.15% rate after*

    $0 monthly account fee. Link to any Australian bank account.

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  • Flexi Saver

    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    0.25% p.a. (for $0 to $5,000,000)
    0.05% p.a.(for $0 to $5,000,000)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Increase balance by at least $300 in the month

    No upfront or ongoing fees. Unlimited free transactions. Great for regular contributions.

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  • Online Saver

    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.10% p.a. (for $0 to $500,000)
    0.35% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    No account keeping fees. No minimum balance required. Unlimited phone and internet transactions.

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  • Fast Track Saver Account

    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.05% p.a. (for $1 to $250,000)
    0.05% p.a.(for $1 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Ongoing bonus rate applied if in the previous month $1,000 or more is credited to the linked Day2Day Plus account and 5 eligible transactions are made by the linked account.

    Earn 1.05% p.a. Bonus Interest in the following month on your Fast Track Saver Account balance. Earn Bonus Interest on your savings, with no minimum balance required.

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