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  1. SWMOY04

    how to set up utilities

    hello all. still on my.mission of moving. two weeks to go now. just secured a decent house in Mernda, we were lucky to have someone go and view and apparently the landlord liked our profile. Our viewer is also going to furnish with beds and a few kitchen basics for our arrival. paid my bond this morning and my first rent will be due just before I take off from UK. my next quandary is utilities. I'm not liking the idea of landing in a half furnished house void of electricity etc. how quick/slow are the utility companies in setting up? can I set up whilst I'm out here? our lease starts a week prior to our arrival as we have friends who have volunteered to collect our furniture and do some cleaning if needed... so I figured the utilities could also get started
  2. Danno

    Cost of bills in brisbane

    Hi all, we are hoping to move from UK to Brisbane in 2019, and are trying to put a rough budget together for cost of utilities, council tax, home insurance etc. We are looking at a 3 bedroom house with 2 toddlers. Any help would be great thanks
  3. Guest

    Best Energy Company

    Hi All, I will be moving into my first rental apartment soon in Sydney. How can I choose the best energy company in terms of charges? Browsing on the internet, there seem to be comparison websites around. Do these really work? Has anyone tried them before? Many thanks in advance.
  4. Hey all Our new rental place has a Solar PV system which by the looks of it feeds into the grid. The Agent didn't know much about how it is set up. Yesterday I received a letter from Energex saying that we would receive 8 cents rebate per kilowatt hour for any excess electricity exported to the network. My question is does anyone have experience of how much of a saving this will put on the bills? There is no gas at the property and there are only two of us. Millie x
  5. AUSTRALIANS put more household solar panel systems on their roofs than anyone else in the world last year, new data from the Clean Energy Regulator and the International Energy Agency show. The statistic astonished many in the solar industry, given Australia's small population compared with renewable energy market leaders such as European Union countries, China, Japan and the United States. About 392,500 new household solar systems were switched on last year. Australia still generates far less solar electricity than those countries, but the nation's preference for small, individual panels mounted on detached, owner-occupied suburban homes means a greater number of systems were actually installed. ''It took me by surprise that we were first, because Germany and Italy are so big,'' said Ric Brazzale, the president of the REC Agents Association, a body representing traders and creators of renewable energy certificates. ''Australian support for solar has had a lot of support at the residential level, and all political parties in the country have supported residential solar. Elsewhere in the world, most policy is geared towards much larger-scale commercial projects.'' Altogether, 785 megawatts of solar power was installed in Australia last year, virtually all in the form of small-scale panel systems on homes and businesses. This meant Australia just scraped in ahead of Japan and Germany, which deployed about 759 megawatts of small-scale solar power - although that represents only about 10 per cent of total German solar production. Similarly, in other big solar nations such as the US and China, government incentives emphasise big solar power plants, and only a small proportion of renewable energy comes from household rooftop panels. The end of generous state feed-in tariffs, such as the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme, had created a late rush to get panels on roofs, said Nigel Morris, the director of market analyst Solar Business Services. Mr Morris analysed the data, which was then scrutinised by others in the industry and found to be accurate, after cross-referencing with International Energy Agency figures for last year. ''In terms of total megawatts, Japan and Germany still beat us,'' he said. ''In Australia you have a combination of factors, but especially the renewable energy certificate system that's optimised for [rooftop solar] systems of 1.5 kilowatts. Our market is designed to favour small systems.'' Based on an average household size of 2.5 people, nearly 4 million Australians now live in a house or work in a business with solar panels on its roof. The amount of electricity generated by rooftop panels has increased almost tenfold between 2009 and 2011, and continues to grow despite rebates and tariffs being wound back. Altogether, renewable energy made up about 7 per cent of Australia's total electricity generation last year. Much of that came from hydroelectricity in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, the federal government's most recent Energy in Australia report shows. Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/energy-smart/australians-lead-in-fitting-solar-panels-on-homes-20120817-24dxd.html#ixzz24Ie6aqs0
  6. Petals

    Who needs electricity

    Have a look at this link its incredible what people devise.
  7. Well lately we've started realising how expensive the Lecky is here!:shocked:Geez,dread the next bill:shocked:It's gettin' ridiculous.Thing is,i can't stand those dim power saving bulbs they have here,they have a real effect on my whole mood!Didn't come here to sit in semi darkness(and freezing)every night!!!!!:cry:Dunno 'bout you,but i like a bright house of a night,and lovely and cosy.To support my ideal now,i'll soon have to starve,or win the Lotto!:wink:
  8. Guest

    Electricity Connection

    We the keys to our rental on Friday and I just checked to see how we get the electricity connected. Apparently it takes 3 working days???? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo:arghh: I can't select a date before next Tuesday online. Does anyone know if I'm likely to get any help if I phone up? Can but try I guess! I just want to move in!!!!!!!!!!!! Fed up in temporary place now as nice as it is it's not a holiday and it's not our own and it's been 3.5 weeks now. This is not helping my new found Tim Tam addiction:no:
  9. whichway

    electricity bill

    OK. I was wondering if anyone has any advice. We just got a whopper of an electricity bill. We live in QLD in a 4 bedroom house, there are only two of us and a baby. We have a small 3 person spa, air conditioning and gas hot water. We have to keep the spa running to kill bacteria but we rarely use the jets etc cos lately we never have any time to be in the thing. The air con, yes, I know this is expensive but the last three months it has been on way less than normal and the bill is the same. I've compared to other bills so have accounted for the price rise, so we used 34.1kwh last quarter which was $895. Would anyone like to compare? What is average for a family like this? I know other people with spas and air con and their bill is nothing like mine. If anyone has any ideas or advice or anything I'd be really really grateful. I'd also like to point out that i do try to be wise, turn things off when not in use, turn off lights etc.
  10. Jellybeagle


    We are moving to Mackay in May and just trying to understand the utilities for our rental. Does anyone know if electric is paid quarterly in arrears ike it is in the UK ?
  11. RobertBurns

    electricity supplier

    just got my own place and its currently with Energy Australia.. how are they? All my stuff is electric, no gas at all, so heating, water, cooking etc.. so looking for something cheap.. Is there a comparison site in this counrty?
  12. Glad if these posts are helping a few planning on returning to the UK.:-) When we returned 18 months ago and got set up with gas, electric and telephone, I couldn't understand why we were being bombarded with telephone calls asking us to switch providers. Hadn't realised these services had been privatised. Anyway, this was a good thing because it's spawned a lot more healthy competition between providers resulting in a better deal for the consumer. My husband is an electrician so he knows the usage of anything with a heating element. He listened to all the companies offering deals then negotiated a really good deal with British Gas for our electricity. Both day and night rate were offered on a set price per unit and beat all the other companies. When the contract expired after 12 months, they gave us 100.00 to stay with them at the same rate. The telesales people are annoying but you can barter to get the best rates on all your utility providers. It's all about your bottom line so currently in the UK, we've found that if you shop around, especially for the half price night rate on electricity, you can keep your bills quite low.
  13. Hi Folks, I'm trying to figure out where to start in arranging our services at our new rental. In the UK, the previous tenant/owner is usually asked to name the suppliers for the new tenant to contact them, and decide whether to continue with them, or choose another. We've moved into our rental in Sydney, and so far, everything is switched on/running, but we're not sure by/with who as a supplier. We're not sure who we should contact to get this moving. We did notice on every agency application form there was an offer to pass our details to a 'one-stop-shop' who would set up our services. However, I viewed this with suspicion - it sounded like a way to sell overpriced affiliated services to us - and left it blank in doubt. However, having now found how well-defined NSW rental legislation is, I'm wondering if actually it was a reasonable thing to sign up to. Can anyone advise what the usual procedure is? Many thanks! Damian
  14. The only way to get a true reading of utility bills in Australia compared to the UK for people who want to c ompare is the look at the KWh price for Gas in Electricity in both Countries. Impossible to get a true reading unless you look at the KWh prices as everyone uses different amounts. Mine. Online Energy Saver 12 Dual Fuel No monthly service charge paperless billing Gas unit rates: 5.108p per kWh 2.916p per kWh above 2680 kWh p.a Electricity unit rates: 17.534p per kWh 7.577p per kWh above 900 kWh p.a
  15. friedparsley

    Connecting to Electricity Gas etc

    When you get back to the UK, how do you go about getting the electricity, gas, telephone etc connected. Since we dont have a credit rating in Aus, how do they check your ability to pay the bills in UK? Should we take some recent utility bills from here?
  16. Hi Finally found somewhere to rent but haven't got a clue what the utilities companies are like here or even if there is much of a comparision. Signed the box on the Estate agents application form for the "connections" but haven't heard from them so was just looking for some advice on the cheapest to sign up with for Sydney surrounds? I imagine water is prob like back home where you don't have a choice but are there any options for Gas & elec? Is there an equivalent for uswitch etc here? Thanks all its weird being totally alien to everything.:unsure:
  17. Guest

    Electricity Bills !!

    Got my electric bill in and couldn believe it when it was $770 dollars for a quarter!!! I got the climate smart people out last year as i was concerned with the cost of electric as my bill for the same period last year was $556. I have been so careful turning everything off at night, not leaving anything on standby, hardley using the air con, not using lights when room not in use etc etc. I have racked my brains as to anything else i am using thats different and the only thing i can think of is my son has got a Playstation 3 in the last 3 months, but surely this is not going to up my bill by over $200 a quarter.....or is it?? Not a happy bunny, everything just seems to be getting more expensive all the time here!! Its getting to the stage where there is more going out than coming in!!!:confused:
  18. Hi Guys Does anyone have any idea how to find the cheapest Electricity Gas Water and Broadband providers in WA. I have just found a long term let and need to put all the utilities into our name in the next few weeks. I am not completely sure if it works the same as the UK where you have sites which provide comparasons? I have had a look on the net and cannot seem to find anything. Is there anyone in WA who has researched this and found the good cheapee companies? Thank you for taking the time to read my thread any help or comments are much appreciated!!!!:v_SPIN:
  19. Guest


    For everyone who hasn't rented yet when taking out a lease make sure you sort out your electricity supplier. We were slightly dumb as when we took out a 6month let we werent' told anything about reconnecting electricity. As it wasn't mentioned we took it to be something the real estate sorted themselves. We've been in our rental now for over 4 months and haven't received a bill yet. Went into real estate to make some enquiries about this and they told us they weren't sure who the supplier is but gave us a number anyhow to try. The funny thing is been here 4 months obviously using the electricity while we've been here and the guy on the receiving end told me he would have to run a credit check first of all. So thanks for the 4 months we've already used. It's quite likely the credit check will come out pretty low as we haven't had anything on credit. Cheers eddie:shocked:
  20. Guest


    Hi Everyone We move over to QLD on th 10th Feb and we have bought a house, how will we go about getting electricity is it just like here were you ring them with the meter readings or is there anything else you need to do. Thanks Christine