Connecting your energy
Establishing a new account or moving an existing account doesn't have to be a difficult or time-consuming process.
Read through our tips and remember, that it is important you allow the retailer and distributor enough time to arrange your connection. Contact them at least a few days ahead of your required connection date.
Choosing an electricity or gas retailer
- See Choosing a retailer for more detailed information.
Shop around to find the retailer that best meets your needs. You can usually open a new account over the phone. Simply contact the retailer you want to be with.
You may be in a building that has a contract with one retailer to supply electricity to all tenancies or a bulk hot water service using gas. If this is the case, you may not be able to change retailers, and should contact your on-seller or body corporate for further information.
Visit the Australian Energy Regulator to see a full list of retailers, and information on buying electricity or gas from an on-seller.
Choosing a contract
- See Choosing a contract for more detailed information.
Make sure you read any contract carefully before signing, ensuring that you understand and agree to the terms and conditions. A contract is legally binding, so do not sign it if you are unsure or the terms and conditions are not what you expected.
Establish your identity
You must provide your retailer with your name and contact details for billing. They may also ask for an acceptable form of identification such as a driver’s licence (or other photo identification).
If you are eligible for an energy concession you should contact the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion on 1800 307 758.
You should check each bill to make sure correct concessions have been applied.
Establish authorised contacts
You may want to add a partner, spouse or flat mate as an ‘authorised person’ on your account to allow them to speak with your retailer. Should an issue or query arise, retailers can only talk to you or any authorised people about your account.
Retailers may require security deposits from you if you have outstanding debts. Your security deposit will be refunded once you have established a good payment record.
- Take a photo or write down the meter number and meter reading when you first move in and then check them against your first bill.
- Ensure you read all mail that you receive from any electricity or gas retailer (even if it is addressed 'Dear Customer' or 'Dear Occupier') as it may alert you to a problem. Address any issues as early as possible.
- If you are in a rental agreement that states your landlord is responsible for paying your electricity or gas bills and your landlord fails to pay, you may be threatened with disconnection. For more information visit the SA Government website.
- You are responsible for providing safe, clear access to your electricity meter and gas meter. If the meters are not accessible, your bills may be estimated. Contact your retailer to discuss access options.
- Contact your retailer at least three days before moving out to cancel or transfer your account. If you do not do so they may continue to charge you for the electricity or gas used at the property.
- Make sure you give your retailer a forwarding address for them to send you the final bill.
- The retailer may charge you an exit fee if you are breaking a fixed term contract – refer to your contract terms and conditions for more information.
- Take a photo for proof or write down the meter reading as you leave the property and then check this against your final bill.
- You are responsible for providing safe, clear access to your electricity meter and gas meter. If the meters are not accessible, your accounts may remain open until actual reads can be taken.