Energy Locals is one of the newest retailers to enter the ring, servicing electricity to homes and businesses across New South Wales and South East Queensland. Energy Locals is unlike any other energy retailer out there, operating as not just an energy company, but a social enterprise.
With Energy Locals, customers can opt to have a portion of the rates they are charged go toward an organisation of their choice. Notable organisations include R U Okay, Starlight Children’s foundation and Ronald McDonald House to name just a few.
However, the charitable organisation you support doesn’t have to be large or well-known. In fact, nearly anyone can register their school, project, one-off fundraiser, club or charity on Energy Locals. It lets customers give back to their community or promote a cause they care about, simply by paying their energy bill. It’s kind of like a sports club chocolate drive, but instead of buying chocolates to raise money, you sign up to an energy retailer.
While Energy Locals is only available in QLD and NSW, the company’s website says it has an outstanding retail licence application in Victoria – so expect it down south soon. South Australian’s might have to wait a little longer though as Energy Locals says it will wait until SA electricity prices stabilise.
What does Energy Locals offer?
Energy Locals offers what it claims are ‘Australia’s fairest energy plans’ with no conditional discounts, benefit periods, lock in contracts or exit fees – what you see is what you get.
Customers will, of course, still have access to different types of tariff, including single rate, time of use and controlled load, and in an effort to be ‘fair and transparent’, Energy Locals’ market offer rates are the same as its standard offers.
Energy Locals solar power offers
Energy Locals offers eligible customers a retailer-funded 10c/kWh solar feed-in tariff for exported energy. It also offers four GreenPower plans, with the option to have 10%, 20%, 50% or 100% of your electricity usage matched with renewable electricity purchases in exchange for slightly higher rates.
If minimising your carbon footprint is important to you, you’ll be interested to know that Energy Locals is a carbon neutral organisation. By purchasing and surrendering Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), recognised under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS), equal to its expected emissions over the next year, Energy Locals can boast a net carbon emission of zero.
Is Energy Locals right for me?
Energy Locals is first and foremost a social enterprise, giving customers a simple and manageable way of getting behind an organisation they want to support. While this might sound like a more expensive choice of retailer, Energy Locals insists it can help its customers save money with its promise to never raise prices for profit.
Energy Locals seems a great choice for anyone wanting to give back more, but just aren’t sure how. For customers who are simply looking for the best deal, it’s important you compare retailers and understand your options. Get started with Canstar Blue’s state review and ratings.