It’s time to get switched on

Simple plans, everyday savings – it’s what we all want with our energy plans. Elysian Energy  is now offering this to customers. We’ve seen something that’s not right and we are standing up to make a change. At Elysian Energy, we’re passionate about giving every Australian a fair deal on their energy in an industry that has been taking advantage of customers for decades. We envision a new era – one where customers are treated fairly and challenge tradition.

Some of the things we stand for at Elysian Energy include simple, monthly pre-paid energy plans; no lock-in contracts; treating all customers fairly; and making sure each customer is always on the best available tariff. We have a range of plans suitable for every type of household and we also offer business electricity plans.

Managing Director, Scott Wells, started Elysian Energy in the already busy Electricity Retail market because it was clear Energy Customers were being deceived. He was aware of the marketing material cluttering the market, directed at confusing customers rather than helping customers get the best energy deal and managing their costs. Scott and the Elysian Energy team knew it was time for a change, and time for the system to become more transparent.

Launching Elysian Energy has meant that Australians now have the opportunity to have predictable electricity expenses, understand their electricity terms and conditions and feel confident that they will always be on the best available deal. With Elysian Energy, there are no special discounts or low entry fees – just reliably low prices throughout the life of the plan.

Our powerful new approach to energy is already making an impact on our customers. Like them, you can get switched on today by contacting us at www.elysianenergy.com.au. We can guarantee no gimmicks, no tricks, just everyday savings.

 

A comprehensive moving out checklist to help you relocate with ease

Moving houses, apartments, suburbs or states can be a stressful time, made harder due to the confusion of what you’re required to do. You may be asking yourself, “What do I need to prepare to move?” or “How do I know what steps to take when moving out?” It’s easy to become overwhelmed and forget things, leading to additional last minute moving out costs that weren’t accounted for.

As our customers know well, we make typically confusing things (like energy deals) clear, so we can help everyday Aussies stay switched on. So, we’ve compiled a moving out checklist that covers all bases and will help you relocate to your new humble abode with ease.

Organise your utilities

  • Organise your electricity with an energy provider to make sure the power is switched on the day you arrive. We may be biased, being an energy provider ourselves, but we think that this step is one of the most important. Trying to move in with no lights, vacuuming ability, cooking potential, phone chargers, heating or cooling can prove to be frustrating. For a simple electricity switchover, provide us with your new address and your move-in date here and we will make sure the power is on when you arrive.
  • Make sure to sort out internet, gas, and water. Start looking around early to make sure you don’t make a rushed, last minute decision and end up paying more than you need to.

 

Prepare your belongings

  • Moving is the perfect opportunity to clean out your belongings. You’ll be surprised what you find when packing up your home, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time. Selling things online or at a garage sale can help you make money from your pre-loved items to put towards your new place.
  • Pack your things and label the boxes with their contents and the room you intend to put them to make unpacking a breeze.
  • Pack your favourite items in a separate box. When you’ve got a lot of unpacking to do in your new home, you’ll be grateful to have easy access to your favourite tea, snacks and clothes, as well as any cleaning products you may need for the move.
  • Use up all the contents of your fridge and freezer so you can empty, defrost and clean them before the move.

 

Find your bearings

  • Research your new area to get an understanding of where the nearest grocery store, service station and public transport options are.
  • If required, organise a new school for your children in your new area.

 

Organise the moving day

  • Book a removalist and research who you are going to choose to ensure you get the best price and service, to ensure it all runs smoothly on moving day.
  • Make plans for your pets so they aren’t forgotten about, stressed or injured during the busy moving process. A good idea is to take them to a family member’s place.
  • Organise time off work if you will need a few extra days outside the weekend to move.
  • Create a floor plan for where your belongings will go. Planning where your furniture will be placed and measuring the spaces to ensure items will fit can help you avoid any unexpected hold ups.

 

Dot the I’s and cross the T’s

  • Organise home and contents insurance to ensure you are covered in the case of theft or damage. If you’re renting, note that home insurance is the property owner’s responsibility, but you should consider contents-only insurance.
  • Notify all establishments of your change of address, including banks, the Department of Transportation, Electoral Office, ATO & Superannuation Fund, Health funds, any club memberships you have, and your work.
  • Sign the lease to your new home and organise to pick up the keys.
  • Celebrate! After all the hard work is done, congratulate yourself and enjoy your new home.

While the list of moving to-dos seems extensive, it can be made easier by working with quality service providers that keep things simple and are reliable. For a simple electricity switchover contact Elysian Energy. Provide us with your new address and your move-in date here and we will make sure the power is on when you arrive.

Combat your high energy bill by tackling these five appliances

Appliances are an expensive but necessary investment for your home. Not only do you have to pay for the appliances initially, you must pay to run them too. However, if you use your appliances smartly, you can reduce not only your energy bill but also your carbon footprint. Read on for some handy tips from our founder, Scott Wells on managing five of the most energy-intensive appliances in your home:

 

Washing machine

Reducing the cost of running your washing machine starts with making sure not to overload it or wasting a cycle by not filling it enough. In both cases, more electricity will be needed to run the machine. One full capacity load generally uses less energy than two half capacity loads, so try and wait until you can fill your machine to capacity. Overloading will mean your machine has to work harder and clothes are just not clean enough, most likely calling for another wash.

When washing, make sure to choose the right program for the load so that you only use as much power and water as necessary. Washing on the cold cycle will help to reduce your energy bill as the water will not have to be heated up. With the right detergent, using this cycle will not impact on cleaning performance and will cost less per load. Use the highest speed spin cycle as more water removed means less power needed by the dryer. Be careful to not do this on delicate items though.

If you’re buying a new washing machine, look for one that has high energy efficiency ratings and higher spin speeds. Typically, front-loaders use less power, water and detergent than top loaders.

 

Dryer

Try to use the dryer only when necessary and when you do use it, avoid overloading. On days that aren’t too rainy or windy, hang your clothes out on the clothesline. On warmer, sunny days your clothes should dry in about the same time as your dryer would. Try and do your washing in the morning and hang it out early to maximise how much sunshine they will get. If by the evening they are still damp, then you can put it in the dryer. But it would be for far less time than if you had put it straight in there, and therefore less money is spent on energy. On rainy days, you could use a clothes rack inside the house to dry your clothes. In winter you could put the clothes rack in front of the heater or fire.

When buying a dryer, compare energy ratings to help you identify the most efficient one.

 

Fridge

To save money on your fridge ensure it is sealed properly, and keep it fully stocked, but not overfull. Fuller fridges have higher thermal mass, so keeping it well stocked means your fridge’s compressor won’t cycle as often and will reduce your energy use. Also, make sure that you do not leave the fridge open for too long. The cold will pour out of the fridge and the longer the door is open, the longer it will take to get the fridge back to its optimal temperature which means that more electricity will be used.

When buying a fridge, choose one with a high energy efficiency rating. It may have a higher price tag, but it will cost you less to run in the long-term.

 

Dishwasher

Dishwashers will not only save you from the labour of washing things yourself, they’re also more energy and water efficient than hand washing. Wait until your dishwasher is full before turning it on to maximise your savings. Also, try using it in eco-mode with a good quality dishwasher detergent as you may find it cleans just as well while using less energy.

 

Television

An easy way to save on energy from your television is to run it only when actively watching a show. Do not leave it on all day. If it is on for background noise, use the radio instead. It uses much less power. Switching it off via the remote does reduce power consumption but having the red power light on means that some energy is still being used. To further reduce the energy consumption, turn it off at the wall. Your AV equipment is also consuming energy while you’re not using it so make sure to turn off your DVD player, speaker etc. to maximise savings.

When buying a television, check its energy efficiency rating and use them to compare televisions. Older televisions use much more power and the bigger the screen, the more energy it’ll need.

Appliances are energy-hungry and will consume endlessly if you let them. If you are smart about how you use your appliances, then you will see a decrease in your energy bill and you will also be limiting the greenhouse emissions produced by your home. Follow these tips and both your wallet and the planet will thank you for it.

New measures to protect loyal energy customers in Australia

The Australian Government has lately criticised the nation’s large energy retailers for penalising loyal customers and tricking new customers with deceptive offers, including ‘big sticker discounts’. We are now starting to see the first steps nationally to protect consumers from overpaying for electricity. [1]

We’ve previously written about what you typically need to do to get a fair deal on electricity in Australia. It’s not only a painful process but an absolutely unfair one. To cut the long story short, if you’re too busy to switch electricity plans every quarter or year, you get penalised. Yes, it’s shocking that you pay for your loyalty rather than get rewarded for it! But it’s not just that, the tricky terms and conditions that electricity retailers use to label their discounts end up misleading customers about which deal is best for them.

While the rising cost of electricity has been discussed for a long time, no real action has been taken to protect consumers, until very recently. The Australian Government has now confirmed that it will adopt a number of recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry. In an effort to reduce electricity prices, the government has asked the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to work on setting a maximum default market tariff and updating consumer protections immediately. [2]

The government will introduce the following new changes that will impact customers directly:
• Introducing a new ‘default offer’ by July 2019 that will replace the current standing offers
• The default offer is said to save some consumers up to $832 on electricity bills annually
• Introducing a reference bill for each region, which acts as a common reference point to help consumers understand and compare offers to find the best deal

In Victoria, an Independent Review into the Electricity and Gas Retail Markets, released in August 2017, revealed that the retailers’ approaches to marketing, pricing and contracting had left customers unwilling or unable to navigate the market. As a result, the Essential Services Commission has created new customer entitlements that need to be applied by energy retailers in Victoria. While you can access the full report here, we’ve listed these entitlements in brief below:

• The display of the ‘best offer’ on customers’ bills
• Prior notice to customers about any changes that will affect their bill
• A ‘clear advice entitlement’ that requires retailers to be upfront with customers about any terms in the contract that could lead them to paying more than they expect

The entitlements force electricity retailers to communicate clearly with customers and act in their interest. We fully support these steps to bring about much-needed transparency in the market. In fact, the lack of fairness has been one of our biggest motivators to enter the Australian retail electricity market. When we launch later this year, we won’t be swarming the market with 100 different energy plans and enticing people with sign up discounts, but rather, provide all customers everyday low prices. In the meantime, we’ll continue working on the launch with the business endeavour to provide fair electricity pricing for our customers.

For more information on our launch, please visit www.elysianenergy.com.au.

 

[1] https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/the-hoax-australians-have-been-sold-on-electricity/news-story/c4424f54ae396b545b2d7031183050ea

[2] https://www.aer.gov.au/system/files/Letter%20to%20the%20AER%20Chair%20-%20dafault%20pricing.pdf