Utility bundling can save you money

Saving money is something that everybody wants to do, whether it is on a weekly food shop, discounts in a clothes store or a two for one deal at the pub; saving money is important to consider even more so for you bills. In this article we are going to run through what utility bundling is, how you can bundle your bills together as well as why you should do utility bundling, with a few tips to help you along the way!

Understanding utility bundling in Australia

So, what is utility bundling?

Think of it as packaging your gas and electricity all in to one or combining as many of your utilities in the household under one company. For example, there is bundling you can do for your mobile phone and tablet, or for your mobile phone and television contract. A utility bundle is no different and is popular if you are looking for a special deal or plan that is beneficial for your living scenario.

How can I bundle my bills?

Most companies offer utility bundles, it is just a case of doing your research to find out what is on offer and how it compares to your current plan. The best way to do this is to use a price comparison website. From there you can scroll through all plans whether they be single or bundle plans and look at how viable it is for you depending on your living situation. Not everybody will like utility bundling, so doing some extra research beforehand can make you more informed on whether a switch to a bundle will be best for you financially and practically.

Why should I do utility bundling?

  • One point of contact for both gas and electricity: If you have any issues with your gas or electricity, or both, you do not need to spend time calling separate providers as you will have one customer service point of contact, which can take some of the pressure off.
  • Discounts: Utility bundles often come with initial discounts which can be great if that is what you are looking for.
  • Less paperwork: Less bills to filter through, and easier to track everything in one place.

What else should I consider when bundling my utilities?

  • Living situation: Check whether a bundle will be suitable to your living situation, if you are in a rental property it may not be viable as your landlord may oversee your energy provider.
  • Budget: Can you afford a bundle, and can your housemates afford a bundle too?
  • Housemates: Before making any changes, make sure that everybody who is living in the property and contributing to bills has a fair say in whether you choose a bundle or not.

In short, bundling can be a brilliant and effective way to cut down a lot of stress and paperwork, but if in doubt, use a price comparison website and do your research to find the best deals out their relative to your budget and your living situation.

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.