Be aware when you compare: comparison websites not built for solar

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If you’re a solar household shopping around for a better deal on electricity, it might seem like a no-brainer to use one of the popular online comparison websites. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.

Services like Compare The Market, iSelect or the Federal Government’s Energy Made Easy promise they’ll find you a great electricity offer. They ask a series of questions about energy consumption (usually including a yes/no question on whether you have solar panels) then spit back a list of deals, and estimates of the savings.

The problem is, these sites appear to see solar panels as just another energy variable – the same as whether you have a clothes dryer or swimming pool.

We know that solar energy systems come in many different shapes and sizes, and will generate different returns for their owners. We also know that you could be on a standard or premium feed-in tariff, and it’s even more tricky to understand what’s right for you.

The Victorian Energy Compare site, run by the Victorian Government, is one service which asks at least some of the right questions: you can key in the size of your solar system and which kind of feed-in tariff you’re on.

To understand what is right for you, the best option is to look at the services that the company offers, and their rates compared to your current electricity provider.

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