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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 2019–20, an irrigator pumping Monday to Friday in non-summer months would pay 22.89 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 16.786 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 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
  • Tariff 22A – time-of-use
  • Tariff 24 – flat use plus seasonal time-of-use demand.

Switch tariffs now

Obsolete tariffs will be phased out on 30 June 2021. Thousands of customers on obsolete tariffs could be better off on standard business tariffs if they switched immediately (i.e. Tariff 20, Tariff 22A or Tariff 24).

For tariff prices contact your electricity retailer (Ergon Energy for most regional customers).

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 2019–20, an irrigator pumping during off-peak times on Tariff 22A (8pm–10am Monday to Friday and all weekend) will pay just 22.89 cents per kilowatt-hour, compared to the peak rate of 60.498 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).