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Red Energy cuts electricity rates, but gas prices go up

Posted by June 25th 2018

Red Energy has cut or frozen electricity prices across the country, but customers can expect to pay more for gas. The retailer, owned by renewable energy generation company Snowy Hydro, says its electricity rates in Queensland …


Keeping up with changing power prices

3 in 4 Aussies in the dark over changing power prices

Posted by June 25th 2019

The majority of Australians are in the dark over when electricity prices change, new Canstar Blue research has found. And it could be costing them in the form of unnecessarily high bills. With energy retailers set …


Simply Energy slashes electricity prices in Queensland

Posted by June 25th 2019

Simply Energy has revealed a significant cut in electricity prices for customers in Queensland, but the news isn’t so good for those in other areas. The retailer, which launched in the Brisbane area following the removal …


How you can sell your old furniture back to IKEA

Posted by September 11th 2018

Swedish homewares goliath IKEA has announced a new take-back service, allowing Australian consumers to sell back their old furniture. Launched in Sydney’s Tempe store, IKEA states that shoppers can bring back their old IKEA furniture in …


Consumer watchdog cracks down on ‘organic’ claims

Posted by February 28th 2019

Companies marketing their products as ‘organic’ are set to come under the microscope of the consumer watchdog after it fined one brand for misleading claims and issued a warning to others. Dreamz Pty Ltd, trading as …


Origin launches electricity plan with smart home kit

Origin launches electricity plan with smart home kit

Posted by June 21st 2019

Origin Energy has launched a new plan that helps households monitor and manage their energy use, all from the convenience of their mobile phone or through voice-activated assistants. The Smart Saver electricity plan includes a discount …


Heater and Electric Blanket Safety

How to use heaters and electric blankets safely this winter

Posted by May 14th 2019

As the temperatures start to drop around the country, a new campaign has been launched to help Aussie households reduce the safety risks that some winter warmers pose. According to Consumer Affairs Victoria, misusing seasonal appliances …


Alinta Energy to compensate customers over dodgy price comparison

Posted by June 20th 2018

Electricity and gas retailer Alinta Energy will compensate thousands of customers after being judged by the consumer watchdog to have made misleading price comparisons in its advertising. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says that …