Switch tariff and usage time

This guide provides advice on saving money by switching tariffs and looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your farming business.

Switching your tariff and changing when you use electricity can help save money, especially if you use a lot during the day.

Switch your tariff

Switching to a standard small business tariff (e.g. Tariff 20 or Tariff 24) can help you save. These tariffs offer significantly lower daytime usage prices than farming or irrigation tariffs. In non-summer months, Tariff 22A also offers off-peak rates all day, every day.

Switch tariff example

In 2017–18, an irrigator pumping Monday to Friday in non-summer months would pay 23.871 cents per kilowatt-hour on Tariff 22A, compared to 46.516 cents per kilowatt-hour on Tariff 62. At any time of year on Tariff 24, they would pay just 18.871 cents per kilowatt-hour, plus a demand charge.

Choose a tariff

Choosing an appropriate tariff for your business will depend on how and when you use electricity. Regional farming and irrigation customers can choose from a range of standard and transitional tariffs.

Standard tariffs

If you require high levels of peak usage you can opt for a standard business tariff. These offer peak prices that only apply during daytime on summer weekdays and competitive off-peak prices, or a single price for usage regardless of time, and include:

  • Tariff 20 – flat use (standard tariff)
  • Tariff 22A – time-of-use (standard tariff)
  • Tariff 24 – flat use plus seasonal time-of-use demand (standard tariff).

Transitional tariffs

Transitional tariffs offer low off-peak prices as an incentive to shift usage away from peak times. They include:

  • Tariff 62 – declining block time-of-use (transitional tariff)
  • Tariff 65 – time-of-use (transitional tariff)
  • Tariff 66 – flat use plus fixed annual dual rate demand (transitional tariff).

Switch tariffs now

The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) will phase out transitional tariffs by mid-2020. It is currently transitioning farming and irrigation tariffs over to standard business tariffs. You could switch now and benefit immediately from cheaper electricity bills by switching to a standard business tariff (i.e. Tariff 20, Tariff 22A or Tariff 24).

For tariff prices contact your electricity retailer (Ergon Energy for most regional customers) or go to the QCA website.

Change when you use electricity

You can benefit from cheaper electricity bills immediately by changing when you use electricity. Off-peak usage can cost as little as one-third of peak usage, depending on your tariff.


In 2017–18, an irrigator pumping during off-peak times on Tariff 62 (9pm–7am Monday to Friday and all weekend) will pay just 16.448 cents per kilowatt-hour, compared to the peak rate of 46.516 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Find out more

To find out if switching tariffs will save you money on your electricity bill and check how much you might save, contact your electricity retailer (Ergon Energy for most regional customers).