Help made for you
You can use this simple guide to understand and manage your electricity bill.
With the rising cost of living, we understand you may be experiencing unexpected financial pressure and we're here to help.
Understanding your bill
- Understanding your bill is easy with our handy guide
- Check out our new look letters and notices
- Received an estimated bill? Request an adjusted bill online by following our guide on how to read your meters.
Managing your bill
Check if you're eligible for a concession
The Cost of Living Rebate
Queensland households will receive one of the following Cost of Living Rebates in 2023-24:
- $700 Cost of Living Rebate - on electricity bills for vulnerable households who receive the existing $372 Queensland Electricity Rebate. Bringing total rebates for Queenslanders doing it toughest to $1,072
- $550 Cost of Living Rebate - on electricity bills for all other Queensland households.
For most households, the rebate will be split into instalments and automatically credited to electricity bills on a quarterly basis.
The Cost of Living Rebate is in addition to any energy rebates and concessions you may already receive.
Learn more about the Cost of Living Rebate.
The Queensland & Australian Governments also announced a $650 Energy Bill Relief Rebate for eligible small businesses during 2023-24. Learn more about the Small Business Energy Bill Relief Rebate.
You may be entitled to the Queensland Government electricity rebate if you hold an eligible government issued card and meet certain eligibility criteria. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply for the rebate.
Low Income Household Rebate (New South Wales)
The Low Income Household Rebate is available for eligible customers on behalf of the New South Wales Government, to assist with the cost of electricity.
Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme
The Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme is for Queensland households experiencing difficulties paying their electricity as a result of an unforeseen emergency or a short-term financial crisis. It is one-off emergency assistance to help with paying home energy bills and pays up to $720 once every 2 years. Read the full eligibility details to determine if you qualify for the scheme and how to apply.
Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme
If you have a chronic medical condition that is aggravated by changes in temperature, you may be eligible for a concession under the Queensland Government's Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme.
Manage your home energy use
Extra activity and time spent at home could impact your energy use. We have a range of tools and calculators available to help you manage these changes. You can track your usage to manage your costs and identify areas where you can reduce your energy use.
- Check out our Home Energy Tips page for energy use ideas, tools & resources.
- The interactive high bill checklist provides tailored recommendations to help manage your bill.
- Our household energy use calculator and appliance calculators help you identify what home appliances are using the most power.
- Wanting to make the most of your solar system to reduce your bill? Our solar guide will help get you started.
Check out your tariff options
We’re here to help you to take control of your power bills, and a big part of that is understanding the tariffs you use. Our range of tariffs gives you the power to choose the type of supply you want.
Primary tariffs provide a constant supply of power:
- General supply tariffs - Our most common tariff for residential customers is Tariff 11. General supply tariffs allow you to pay for what you use at a flat rate throughout the day and night.
- Time of use tariffs - Tariff 12B & Solar Soaker (Tariff 12C). There are different prices during specific periods of the day (peak, off-peak & shoulder). These tariffs could be beneficial if you're able to shift usage to off-peak periods.
- Demand tariffs - Tariff 14A & Tariff 14B. You pay for what you use at a flat rate throughout the day and night, plus a demand charge. These demand charges are based on the maximum amount of power used within a 30 minute period between 4-9pm. These tariffs could be beneficial if you're able to minimise peak demand between 4 - 9pm each day.
Secondary tariffs supply power for a minimum number of hours each day:
- Economy tariffs - Tariff 33 & Tariff 31. These tariffs are great for appliances such as hot water systems & pool pumps that don't need constant supply of power. They are cheaper because Ergon Energy Network control the times when power is available.
Check out if you're on the best household tariffs to suit your needs.
Paying your bill
Whether you're looking for flexible payment options or some extra time to pay your electricity bill, we've got a solution for you.
We have a range of payment options you can choose from. You can make a credit or debit card payment online, use BPay, or credit card by phone.
Flexible payment options
If you’re looking for flexibility in paying your bill we have a range of great options to suit your needs.
- Direct Debit gives you the flexibility to pay weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly with payments transferred automatically from your nominated bank account
- Centrepay is a free bill paying service provided by the Australian Government. You can use Centrepay to arrange regular deductions from your Centrelink payment to pay your electricity bill.
- Smoothpay allows you to make regular, consistent payments to your electricity account each week, fortnight or month. Giving you piece of mind by knowing how much your payments will be and when they are due. Smoothpay allows you to set & forget your payments by linking your Smoothpay with your preferred payment option (such as Direct Debit & Centrepay).
Need more time to pay your bill?
If you need some extra time to pay your electricity bill, simply request a new payment due date. You can choose to pay your bill in full, or in weekly or fortnightly instalments between now and your extended due date. Find out how to request a payment plan.
Support made for you
If you need some additional support with managing your energy costs, please call 13 10 46 Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Our support team can:
- help you work out what you can afford to pay, based on your current financial situation and future energy needs
- work with you to develop a personalised payment plan that outlines regular payments
- help you reduce your electricity usage
- let you know if you're eligible for any government rebates, concessions, grants and services
- suggest where you can get further financial assistance.
- help you to register for our Life Support program.
We also have specialist support services that provide: