The energy industry and trust may not always be the two things you think of together.
But the cluey researchers at Canstar Blue have taken the time to score levels of trust amongst energy consumers and wouldn’t you know it – Powershop has proudly taken out the title.
There are six key behaviours that Canstar Blue defines as trustworthy in the energy industry and we’re here to talk to how the team at Powershop build and solidify trust within these categories to make you feel at ease with us as your energy retailer.
1. Won’t rip you off with high prices
We take energy affordability seriously – being able to find savings for our customers is an objective for every single part of our business. We offer fair and honest rates and layer this with access to technology (including our app and unique Shop experience) and products (like battery offers and Virtual Power Plants) to ensure better control and understanding of usage as well as empowerment and energy independence.
2. Won’t put through sneaky price hikes
We’ve always believed in being transparent with our customers around any price changes (whether it’s up or down) and we’ve told them with as much notice as possible. Our team is always at the ready during any price change experience to talk through the changes and make sure our customers understand and feel confident about the changes specific to their account.
We don’t believe in hidden fees, so you won’t find any sneaky nasties like exit fees or credit card fees.
3. Doesn’t make its plans unnecessarily complicated
The Powershop model offers one unique Shop experience. The Shop provides access to extra rewards and savings, and allows you to purchase power in advance.
4. Will deliver good customer service when you need it
We have award winning customer service and we’re really proud of it. In fact, we also took out Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers in Victoria for the third (yes! Third) year running.
We work on the basis of the mum test – if we speak to our customers with as much patience, consideration and respect as we would our mums then we know we’re doing it right.
5. Takes its environmental responsibilities seriously
We all have a role to play in the decarbonisation of our energy system and this is something that matters to us greatly. We’re proud to have ranked in the top 10 for the Greenpeace Green Electricity Guide 2022 and we’ve also been recognised as Australia’s Green Energy Retailer of the Year by Finder in 2020 and 2021. We believe that technology and innovation will have a big influence on this transition, and we’re keen to dive deeper in this space.
6. Will generally do the right thing by its customers
Doing the right thing for our customers is two-fold. We empower our customers to take control of their energy usage with technology, innovative programs and insight, and we also advocate for them by supporting positive policy change and sharing industry knowledge. Our commitment to our customers is key to everything that we do and something that is in our DNA.
How were we measured?
Canstar Blue surveyed 12,010 Australian consumers who currently have an electricity account and pay the bills.
Canstar Blue asked consumers to rate their level of trust with their energy retailer on a scale from 0-10. They also asked how consumers would rate their level of trust with energy providers that aren’t their own and the energy sector more broadly.
If you were one of 12,010 consumers who took part in this market research with Canstar Blue, thank you!
Powershop is proud to offer electricity and gas plans to Australian properties across Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Queensland. To view the offers we have available, please see our energy plans.