Power bill savings

SAVE: The state government has chosen Origin Energy to provide its energy discount offer, which could help low income earners can save more than $500 off their annual electricity bill.
SAVE: The state government has chosen Origin Energy to provide its energy discount offer, which could help low income earners can save more than $500 off their annual electricity bill.

Low income earners can save more than $500 off their annual electricity bill in 2018, much more than than the current concession of $217.

The State Government has chosen Origin Energy to provide its energy discount offer, which could help more than 168,000 low income households save between $253 and $531 if they are willing to make a switch from their current supplier.

The Origin offer includes a guaranteed 18 per cent discount on usage and supply charges; flexible payment options, no late payment, processing and paper bill fees and no credit card and exit fees.

Those who are eligible will soon receive a letter from Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison which needs to be signed and returned.

“This offer strengthens the State Government’s support for fixed and low income South Australians and I urge people to consider switching to the new offer so they can pay less on their energy costs,” Ms Bettison said.

“We know the majority of people receiving energy concessions are on standing contracts and the Origin Energy offer provides a much better deal for them.”

Premier Jay Weatherill said the government was ‘providing cost of living relief to those who need it most’.

“For the 168,000 South Australian households on lower incomes, a saving of up to $531 is a significant boost to their budget,” he said.

“It’s a saving that will make their lives that little bit easier. When ETSA was privatised in the late 1990s, all customers were put on the standing contract. Many, who trusted the Electricity Trust of South Australia, haven’t changed. 

“We’ve negotiated this on their behalf to get a better deal, and make it as easy as possible for people take up the offer.”

To compare information and market offers from energy retailers visit www.energymadeeasy.gov.au.