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Can I find a better business energy plan?

We know that every single cent and every single minute counts when you’re a small business owner. Here’s how you might save on business electricity or gas costs:

  • Seek out the right plan. Switching to a new provider can be the easiest way to save, as every energy retailer charges differently for electricity and gas.
  • Apply online. Click to apply online with one of our retailers.
  • Leave your contact details. Let one of our energy specialists contact you and take you through the application process over the phone.

Connecting or switching your business to an energy plan is just as easy as connecting or switching your home. Compare business energy plans side-by-side at no cost right here.

Why compare business electricity & gas with us?

A great place to compare

Our service lets you find a deal in minutes. Easily compare business energy plans from trusted Australian providers through us.

Get connected in your own time

Our call centre is staffed by energy experts, who are ready to help you connect your business, seven days a week.

From beginning to end

Switching energy is easy with us. Once you have found the right product, you can carry on with your business while we move you over to a new plan.

At no cost to you

Energy companies pay us a commission for each product sold through our website. There are no hidden fees or markups when you buy through us. Learn more.

Learn more about energy for small to medium businesses

Small business electricity

We explain why businesses switch electricity providers and list the benefits of getting a tailored electricity plan for your enterprise.

Small business gas

Signing up for a natural gas plan can have several positives depending on your business, including becoming less dependent on the grid and lower CO2 emissions.

Energy contracts and tariffs

We talk about how business energy contracts are structured and list the tariffs retailers use to charge customers for energy usage.

Peak, off-peak and tariffs

We explain everything you need to know about how peak and off-peak electricity works. Find out about the various types of tariffs and how it could affect your bill.

Frequently asked questions and information about energy in Australia

What is energy for businesses?

Energy providers (also referred to as retailers) can supply energy to different premise types: residential, businesses, and commercial. Typically, businesses and other large establishments consume more energy and their energy consumption habits can differ significantly from residential homes.

Small to medium businesses that use up to 160,000kw of electricity or one terajoule in gas per year qualify for business energy. Businesses that use more than this amount must go through a tender process to apply for a commercial energy plan.

Business energy rates

Like residential energy, business electricity runs off tariffs and tariff types. However, the price per kilowatt will vary from what you see in residential energy plans. There are several types of tariffs for businesses in Australia, including:

  • Single rate
  • Time-of-use
  • Controlled load
  • Solar feed-in tariff (FIT)
  • Gas tariffs

Find out more about energy contracts and tariffs.

Business energy providers

The three tier-one energy providers in Australia all offer business energy:

  • Origin Energy
  • AGL
  • Energy Australia.

Other providers may or may not offer energy for businesses. You can find out more about some of the ones that do and the plans they offer through our business energy comparison service. You can compare the rates, discounts and perks and find a great-value plan for your business in minutes.

How do I know if energy is connected at my premises?

If you don’t know whether there’s an existing electricity or gas supply at your business address, you can check this with the distributor in your area by calling or emailing them.

Who is my energy distributor?

Most Australian energy provider websites include a distributor lookup tool, which prompts you to enter your postcode and/or suburb. Find the distributor in your area.

How do I get connected at my new premises?

Your energy provider will arrange the connection with the electricity distributor. You’ll need to tell your provider in advance about the date you want to be connected on. Allow at least one day before you move in, as the power can come on anytime between early morning and midnight.

I’m moving premises. What do I need to do?

Give your energy provider notice before you move, as it can take them up to three business days to organise the connection at your new premises and the disconnection at your old location.

How do I change my business’ energy supplier?

Changing energy suppliers (also referred to as retailers and providers) is easy! First, you’ll need to choose a plan to switch to. You can use our online business energy comparison tool to compare a variety of suppliers and look for a great-value plan that works well with your business’ needs.

Will I be charged if I disconnect or reconnect?

Your distributor may charge you a fee, which is billed to your energy provider and passed onto to you. Make sure you refer to your energy offer summary, Basic Plan Information Document (BPID) or Energy Price Fact Sheet (EPFS) and see whether you have to pay this fee.

Do I need to be there when my business gets connected?

In most Australian states, you don’t need to be present on connection day unless your meter is located inside your business premises or behind a locked gate or requires safe access. In Queensland, you can either be there on the day, or authorise a person aged 18 and above to be present on your behalf.

How can I get an electricity meter installed at my premises?

In order to request a meter installation, you’ll need to contact a registered electrician, who’ll file the required forms for you. Or, you can apply online through your energy provider.

I’m a business gas customer. What about the gas meter?

As with the electricity meter, you’ll need to apply with your provider first. There are two types of gas meter installations: service line and meter only. Service line installation takes place when you’re not connected to an existing gas pipeline, while a meter only installation just involves the gas meter setup.

Keep in mind that a service line installation can take up to 20 days, while the meter only installation takes up to three business days.

Will I have to install a new energy meter/s if I move to a different contract or switch providers?

No, there’s no need for you to install a new meter in either event – unless you move your business to new premises without a pre-installed meter.

How do I read my energy bill?

Your typical electricity or gas bill lists your account details, the amount due and the payment due date on the front page, and includes the payment slip at the bottom. The back page of the bill normally shows your next scheduled meter reading and tariff name, and lists your usage and supply details, energy charges (including and excluding GST), and your payment options.

Find out more about how to read your energy bill.

Something’s not right with my bill. How can I get a meter reading?

If you feel that you’ve been incorrectly billed, want to check a current meter reading immediately, call your energy provider and they’ll arrange a special meter reading at your business premises (you may be charged for this).

Can I claim my energy bill as a deduction for my next tax return?

This depends on the nature of your business, and the ways you use energy at your premises. Because all small- to medium-sized businesses operate differently, it’s worth reading the relevant information from the Australian Taxation Office.

If you run a business from your home, you’ll need to calculate the electricity/gas expenses related to your home office. Make sure you store a copy of each business energy bill for taxation purposes.

How do I reduce my business’ energy consumption?

Consider what you’re consuming your energy for, and assess whether you can change to energy-efficient appliances, or change your consumption habits to use less energy.

You can also switch plans or install a solar energy system. If you use solar power, you could be eligible for a range of government grants, rebates and feed-in tariffs.

Some other ways you can make business energy savings include:

  • set up ducted air conditioning;
  • turn off the air conditioner in the last hour of business;
  • install a gas heater and gas appliances;
  • install energy-efficient appliances; and
  • invest in insulation.

For more tips on how to improve your business’ energy efficiency, check out our page on business electricity.

Compare business energy prices

Finding a great-value plan along with using energy-saving tips may help you reduce your business’ energy bill.  So, why not compare great value plans from some of Australia’s top energy providers with our business energy comparison service. It’s easy to compare prices, discounts and deals. What’s more, you can get a free quote in minutes!

The best part is that we don’t charge a cent for our service, so you can relax knowing that your plan will cost the same as if you went direct.

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