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Electricity comparison leads to savings

Our online comparison tool is the quickest and easiest way to review your options and find a cheaper energy deal. We’ll show you the discounts available, your estimated quarterly bill, and any other information you need to make the best choice for your household.

Why else should you compare your electricity and gas?

  • To take advantage of a better plan – Your current energy plan may include discounts or lower rates but may revert to a more expensive type of plan when the contract ends.
  • To see if there’s a better price available – Your bill is made up of both a supply charge and usage charges – both of which vary from retailer to retailer. This gives you the flexibility to shop around for cheaper rates.
  • To review a range of plan discounts – A discount can be the path to a cheaper energy bill, but a short-term windfall may result in long-term pain if you don’t stick to the conditions of your contract (e.g. pay on time).

To benefit from a change, we recommend you compare often; perhaps once a year.

Why compare electricity & gas plans with us?

A great place to compare

Save time while you look for a better deal. Easily compare plans from some of the biggest energy retailers in Australia - all in one place. Learn more

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Our call centre is open six days a week and is staffed by experts who are ready to help you get connected when the time is right.

From beginning to end

Comparing is easy and so is the rest of your purchase! We've made it simple to review & buy power plans through our service.

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Our comparison service is 100% free to use. We receive a commission from energy companies, but you pay nothing. Learn more

Learn about the benefits of comparing energy plans

What happens when I switch?

Relax; you won’t be left in ‘energy limbo’! Switching energy providers will mean you move over to the new provider in the next billing period – without any interruption to your supply in the meantime. However, there are a few more things you need to know.

Compare gas rates

According to the Dept. of Energy, a quarter of domestic energy needs were met by natural gas in 2015-16: a cheaper, better way to run certain household appliances. If that sounds appealing, let us show you how to shop around for the right plan (and possibly save on future bills).

Moving house

Most energy providers will ensure the power is connected when you arrive at your new home; provided you give at least three business days’ notice. Also, when you’re moving house, you should watch out for early cancellation fees and connection fees which might apply.

What is energy deregulation?

Deregulation removes the government’s control of the retail energy market (i.e. they no longer set the price of electricity and gas). Several states have deregulated energy markets, while others are either regulated fully or in part.

Which provider should I pick?

When reviewing your energy plan, search for brands with a history of great customer service and fantastic products. We take a closer look at some of the biggest names in the energy industry; such as Origin, AGL, Red Energy and more.

How to read your bill

Pay attention to the peak and off-peak rates (i.e. busy and less busy time of day to consume power), any applicable tariffs, and service fees. Understanding these charges will help you break down the costs of your next power bill.

More information about energy in Australia

What’s the best energy plan?

The best energy plan will vary from household to household. However, the most suitable plan is one that addresses your energy needs, offers attractive contract terms and, of course, costs the least. Not as simple as it sounds!

We aim to make your search for the best energy plan easier. By using our helpful online energy comparison tool, you’ll be able to compare a range of energy plans that should best suit your needs.

That is as simple as it sounds!

Compare electricity plans in minutes

In order to track down a cheaper electricity plan, you’ll need to understand more about your energy bill. That’s why our service helps you compare energy plans including the benefit period (e.g. your bill may include a discount for 12-24 months), daily supply (cents per day) and usage charges (c/kWh), applicable discounts, fees and more.

Concerned about switching or losing power?

Don’t fret! When switching energy providers, your existing account will be transferred from one electricity provider to another, without any disruption to your service. No physical changes are made (such as cabling or meters), meaning the quality and reliability of your service remains the same.

Remember: while your actual electricity supply is the same regardless of your provider, most retailers will have different pricing, levels of customer service and terms of use.

Average Australian electricity prices: are you overpaying?

Have a look at the electricity prices per kWh for residential customers in the table below, to compare energy usage to the average Australian bill. So, how much does electricity cost in each state, and which state has the cheapest electricity?

StateAverage annual electricity bill

* This data is taken from the Australian Bureau of Statistics consumer price index – Sep 2017

All that said, if you’re paying more than the above for energy, it might be time to review your plan against others in the market. It’s important to note that customers in regional Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia are limited to or unable to choose an electricity provider.

Electricity providers in Australia for your consideration

We compare several of the most reputable energy providers (sometimes called retailers or suppliers) in Australia. Depending on your location, you can compare energy from the providers listed in blue below (providers in black do not feature in our comparison service). This list is subject to change.

Australian electricity providers

  • 1st Energy
  • ActewAGL
  • AGL
  • Alinta Energy
  • amayasim Energy
  • Blue NRG
  • Click Energy
  • Commander Power & Gas
  • CovaU
  • DC Power Co
  • Diamond Energy
  • Discover Energy
  • Dodo Power & Gas
  • Elysian Energy
  • Energy Locals
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Future X Power
  • GloBird Energy
  • Locality Planning Energy
  • Lumo Energy
  • Mojo
  • Momentum Energy
  • Origin Energy
  • People Energy
  • Powerclub
  • PowerDirect
  • Powershop
  • QEnergy
  • ReAmped Energy
  • Red Energy
  • Sanctuary Energy
  • Simply Energy
  • Sumo
  • Tango Energy

* The information provided above was compiled in September 2019 and is sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and Victorian Energy Compare, as well as directly from the energy companies. Availability is subject to change.

Looking for dual fuel? See these Australian electricity and gas providers

Some energy providers may offer gas and electricity together (sometimes called dual fuel plans), which may be ideal if you rely on gas throughout the year but don’t want to manage two different bills. However, some only offer the two products separately. Refer to the energy retailer list below to understand which providers offer both electricity and gas.

Electricity and Gas RetailersStates
ActewAGLAustralian Capital Territory, New South Wales
AGLVictoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia
Alinta EnergyVictoria, South Australia, New South Wales
amaysimVictoria, New South Wales
Aurora EnergyTasmania
Click EnergyVictoria, New South Wales
CommanderVictoria, New South Wales, South Australia
CovaUVictoria, New South Wales
Dodo Power & GasVictoria, New South Wales, South Australia
EnergyAustraliaVictoria, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia
GloBird EnergyVictoria
Lumo EnergyVictoria, South Australia
Momentum EnergyVictoria
Origin EnergyVictoria, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia
Red EnergyVictoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia
Simply EnergyVictoria, New South Wales, South Australia
SynergyWestern Australia

* The information provided above was compiled in January 2019 and is sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and Victorian Energy Compare, as well as directly from the energy companies. Dual fuel availability is subject to change.

Frequently asked questions

Should I be looking for the biggest discount or cheapest energy rates?

Pricing is one of the key differentiators between choosing one energy plan over another. That said, looking at just one feature (like a discount) may not be the answer to finding the cheapest energy deal available. In fact, looking at the discounts offered in isolation could be quite misleading. Some plans have an attractive discount, but a higher cost per kilowatt for your usage charges. To determine the best value plan for your household, take into consideration both features – especially as your discount may have a limited contractual time period (e.g. for only 12 months).

In addition to discounts, you should (a) look up reviews to see which providers have the best customer service, and (b) compare contract terms, exit fees, usage charges and market or retail offers. You can find a lot of this detail in our comparison service when you complete a quote.

What is the difference between supply charges and usage charges?

Supply charges (also called a fixed or service charge) are the cost to transport energy to your property and stay connected to the network; while usage charges are the price you’re charged for the amount of energy you use. Supply charges are set by the energy distributor (i.e. network) in your area, while usage charges are calculated by the energy provider (often called a retailer) for each kilowatt of electricity used per hour (kWh).

Can I switch energy providers?

If you live in South East Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, South Australia, or Victoria, you may be able to compare energy plans in your postcode. To check if switching energy providers is an option, use our electricity and gas comparison service. Just enter a few details about your property and power usage to compare electricity and gas plans that are suitable for you.

What are the benefits of combining your electricity and gas bills?

If you’re in a position to purchase your gas and electricity with one provider, you may receive a further discount for combining the two. However, by shopping around to compare separate electricity and gas plans, you’ll ensure you find a price point that you’re comfortable paying – regardless of brand.

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