What if I am suffering financial difficulty or hardship?

If you find yourself having difficulty paying your electricity bill, then please contact us immediately. We want to keep you connected and there are a number of options available. For more information, access our hardship policy and other important information here.

Will energy prices increase in July 2017 ?

Yes. Most of the energy retailers will be increasing prices as of July 2017, primarily in response to rising wholesale prices, which they have been protecting consumers from for as long as possible. However, there are a number of issues around the pricing of energy, which we have written about in detail in a series of articles here on our website.

Analog, gross and digital meters – what’s the difference?

Analog meters are the original meters used by electricity companies to measured electricity usage. These meters are being replaced by more modern electronic meters which have a digital display. People often confuse digital meters with smart meters, but smart meters are more advanced than digital meters – they can be read remotely (replacing the need for a meter reader to come to your property and manually read your meter). Smart meters also measure electricity consumption at 30 minute intervals, which better helps you to understand your usage via a connection to your home computer or smart phone. You can also utilise Time of Use (TOU) tariffs if you have a basic electronic meter or a smart meter.

Gross Meter vs Net Meter

If you have solar, then there’s also the question of whether you need a gross meter or a net meter. A gross meter is programmed to export all the electricity you generate with your panels to the grid. A net meter enables you to use your solar energy in your house first, and then export the excess to the grid. Net meters are usually the basic electronic meters that are read by a meter reader but in more recent times, smart meters, read remotely by your electricity company, are becoming more common. At Enova, it doesn’t matter what kind of meter you choose to have. However, to take advantage of the Solar 16 Plus plan, which offers a high 16c per KwH feed-in tariff, you do need a net meter.

Can I be an Enova Customer?

To see if we service your area, use our postcode check.

What is a ‘Controlled Load’ tariff?

‘Controlled Load 1’ and ‘Controlled Load 2’ are tariffs that apply to specific appliances that are permanently wired back to the meter such as hot water heaters or swimming pool pumps. Supply for a controlled load is only available at certain hours during the day, usually late at night. The difference between Controlled Load 1 and 2 is the hours for which supply is available and the price paid. This is determined by the network company.

For more detailed information see our Energy Price Fact Sheets.

What is Time of Use (TOU)?

 

Time of Use is a tariff where the electricity costs differ depending on the time of day it is used. There are three different price periods:

‘Peak’ period electricity costs the most. Peak rates apply during the morning sand evenings on week days days.

‘Off-peak’ electricity is the cheapest. Off-peak rates usually apply late at night through to early morning week days and all day Saturday and Sunday.

‘Shoulder’ period electricity applies between peak and off-peak periods, e.g. late morning to late afternoon.  At this point in time the shoulder rate is the same as the peak rate, but this may change from July 2017.

Customers with solar panels or those that have installed a smart meter can take advantage of ToU because the meters record consumption in different time periods.

For more detailed information see our Energy Price Fact Sheets.

What is a feed-in tariff?

Feed-in tariffs (FITs) are payments made by an electricity supplier to a household or business that generates its own electricity through methods which don’t deplete natural resource like solar. Enova provides a generous 16c feed-in tariff. All information is detailed in your Enova Energy Plan.

How is a concession applied to my account?

If you are eligible for a concession, the amount of the concession will be deducted from your quarterly settlement bill.

If I am not paying by direct debit, how will I know when to pay?

Monthly instalment payments are usually due around the same date every month (unless it is a weekend or public holiday, in which case it is due the next business day).

We’ll send you a reminder. Reminders will be sent about a week before the payment is due.

Please remember that you must pay all instalments on time to receive your pay-on-time discount.

Why does my bill show a negative amount owing?

There could be a number of reasons for this, including your quarterly usage being less than the amount you have already paid, or surplus electricity generated by your solar panels, or you may have received a credit adjustment or rebate from us. The credit amount will be carried over to your next bill. If you have any questions, simply get in touch with one of our Enova Energy Consultants by telephone 02 5677 1200.