How you should compare gas providers

If you are switching to a new gas provider, it is important that you are making the right decision based on your budget, living scenario and expectations of what you want from a new supplier. In this article we are going to break down how you should compare gas providers, which should hopefully make the process easier if you do not know where to start!

So, what do I need to start comparing?

When comparing gas providers, you want to have accurate data from your last provider. Having a bill with your usage to hand is recommended, but if you are able to give good estimates by answering a series of questions on a price comparison website, then it should not be too difficult to get an accurate quote.

 Why should I compare prices?

You should on a regular basis, at least every twelve to eighteen months, as you will be able to find a cheaper plan after that time period. Saving money is important, but another added bonus is that by comparing gas providers (especially through a price comparison website) you can also see customer satisfaction, ‘green’ plans as well as other bonuses that each provider can give you.

 What is the best method to compare?

A price comparison website is the best method to compare. How you choose to use it is up to you; it could be for a dual fuel plan, it could be for forward planning.

What should I take into considering when comparing gas providers?

  • Length of the plan: Compare the length of the plan to how long you plan to stay in your current property. If the plan exceeds the length of stay, then it may not be the right one for you.
  • Reviews: Read customer reviews and how each plan is rated. This can be from general response time all the way to value for money.
  • Pay on time discounts: If you are someone who always pays on time, and has never benefited from pay on time discount, then this is definitely something to look out for.
  • Exit fees: If you are on a fixed plan, you will be liable for exit fees if you choose to leave the plan early. Read up on these before switching and what the suppliers’ policy is.
  • Dual Fuel plans: Have a look at whether combining your gas with other utilities can save you money depending on your usage.

In summary, when comparing providers it is essential to have the most accurate data from your previous provider to ensure you are getting the best deal. Take into consideration what is important to you in a plan and make sure you stick to it.  If you have just switched plans, we still recommend to regularly check what the market is saying so when the time does come to switch, you are aware of what is available in your location, budget as well as extra bonuses such as exit fees and dual plans! We wish you the best of luck and remember to always use a price comparison website.

 

Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.