State government chooses Origin Energy as preferred supplier

SAVING: Murray Bridge Pensioners Association president Irene Mitchell was happy the government were helping low income earners save on electricity costs. Photo: Nick Grimm.
SAVING: Murray Bridge Pensioners Association president Irene Mitchell was happy the government were helping low income earners save on electricity costs. Photo: Nick Grimm.

Low income earners can save more than $500 off their annual electricity bill in 2018, which is quite a bit higher 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.

The offer will be available to those eligible for the existing energy concession.

Murray Bridge Pensioners Association president Irene Mitchell was pleased to see help being given where it was needed. 

“It’s good any time people who need to save money can save it,” she said. “I think saving $500 a year would really help a lot of low income earners, like pensioners.”

It’s good any time people who need to save money can save it. I think saving $500 a year would really help a lot of low income earners, like pensioners.

Irene Mitchell

“I don’t know if it will be a big enough discount for people to change from the energy suppliers they’re already with – at least from the people I know,” she said.

Mrs Mitchel said that, while she knew many people who would flatly refuse to change suppliers for the better deal, the savings would be tempting to others. 

“If you can get a better deal that will save you a lot more money, you would be mad not to consider it at all.”

Mrs Mitchell said saving money as part of a scheme was good, but people also needed to be mindful of their usage. “Costs do come down to what you use, as well,” she said.  

The people 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.

Premier Jay Weatherill said this would be a saving that will make low income earners lives “that little bit easier.”

For market offers: www.energymadeeasy.gov.au.