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Why compare electricity and gas in the ACT?

 

  • Find a cheaper plan. There’s a range of energy providers and plans available in the ACT. So, if you haven’t shopped around in a while, you may find a plan that better suits your usage needs and budget by comparing.
  • Review your property’s tariff. The tariff you’re on will impact how you’re charged for electricity. Depending on your energy consumption habits, switching tariffs may better suit your needs.
  • Take advantage of discounts. If you haven’t updated your energy plan in a while, you may find that your energy plan benefits have expired and you’re no longer receiving a discount. Comparing energy plans can help you keep on top of offers with attractive discounts, potentially saving you money in the long run.

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Comparing energy plans

The ACT energy market has several energy providers, so you’re spoilt for choice! Here’s how you can save money by simply comparing your options.

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Energy-conscious Aussies can keep a close eye on their half hourly or hourly energy usage with smart meters. You could go a step further and save on bills with time of use tariffs.

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State energy concessions

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Renewable energy options

If you want to commit to a sustainable energy plan, be mindful that future savings may come at the expense of upfront costs. Here are the pros and cons.

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More information on energy in the ACT

How the electricity market in the ACT works

In the ACT, the gas and electricity markets are both regulated and deregulated. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it?

States and territories with regulated energy markets have their energy prices determined by the government, and customers can’t pick and choose their energy provider. These pre-determined plans are called standing offers.

If you’re on a standing offer, you’ll notice that:

  • the government sets the prices
  • rates change once every six months at most
  • the plans don’t include discounts.

Conversely, customers in deregulated states and territories can choose their energy provider, and prices aren’t government-regulated. As such, deregulated energy markets tend to see more competitive rates between energy providers. These competitive plans are called market offers.

Market offers tend to be more competitive and affordable than standing offers for regulated zones as they sometimes include discounts and a fixed price or price guarantee period. They’re normally set by your energy provider and are subject to change at any time, even after you’ve signed up.

Simply put, this means that you have the freedom to pick and choose between energy providers in ACT, but you can also ask for a contract (i.e. plan) with prices set by the government. It means you can shop around for a plan that suits you, on your terms!

Learn more about the deregulated market.

How is electricity charged in ACT?

In Canberra, customers will pay a fixed daily supply charge for electricity to be distributed to their property as well as a usage charge for each kilowatt-hour of that electricity they use, which is charged as cents per kWh (c/kWh). The more electricity a customer uses, the higher the usage charges will be.

Take a look through our energy provider comparison table above to easily compare electricity and gas providers in Canberra and their plans and rates. Alternatively, head over to our energy comparison service to enter your details and compare a range of plans of all prices and features.

ACT electricity tariffs and pricing explained

Since the ACT’s energy market is both regulated and deregulated, there’s a range of energy plans and tariffs customers can choose from. Depending on various factors, including where you live and your usage, a new plan may feature a tariff that helps reduce the cost of your bill.

Types of tariffs in the ACT

Tariffs are the pricing structures that influence the way you’re charged for your energy usage. A tariff is comprised of two parts: the daily supply charge and the usage charge.2 The daily supply charge (also known as service or fixed charge) is a set amount your electricity provider charges to supply electricity or gas to your home or business – it isn’t influenced by how much energy you use.

The usage charge (also known as the consumption or variable charge) is the cost of the electricity or gas you use and appears on your bill as cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kWh) for electricity and cents per megajoule (c/MJ) for gas.

The following are the types of electricity tariffs that may be applicable in the ACT:3

  • single rate tariffscharge the same, single rate for your energy usage throughout the day or day of the week;
  • time of usetariffs charge different rates throughout the day or day of the week depending on which times you use energy. These times are generally known as peak, off-peak and shoulder. You’ll need a smart meter or time of use meter to take advantage of a time of use tariff plan; and
  • controlled load tariffs charge a lower, off-peak rate for large household appliances (like underfloor heating or electric hot water systems) that usually run during the night or in off-peak periods.

Peak, off-peak and shoulder times

To take advantage of peak, off-peak and shoulder times and rates, you’ll need to have a smart meter and be on a time of use tariff plan. You may find that the actual times of these periods may vary between electricity providers, but according to the ACT government, peak, off-peak and shoulder times in ACT are generally as follows:4

  • Peak times are from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 8pm. This is when there’s a higher demand for electricity usage in the territory, so it’ll cost you more to use appliances during these busier times (if you have a smart meter and time of use tariff).
  • Shoulder times are from 9am to 5pm and 8pm to 10pm. Shoulder times see less electricity usage in ACT than peak times and, as such, the cost of energy during this time is a little cheaper.
  • Off-peak times are from 10pm to 7am. Electricity usage is at its lowest during this time and is, therefore, the cheapest out of the three periods.

Some tariffs, like time of use, may apply more than one usage charge to your bill for peak, off-peak and shoulder times.

What’s a solar feed in tariff?

If you have a solar power system for your house or business, you may end up generating more solar energy than you use. With a solar feed in tariff in ACT, that extra, unused energy is fed back into the electricity grid – and you may get paid for it through your electricity bill.

Such tariffs may be offered by different energy providers in Canberra, so ask about them the next time you compare ACT energy plans.

ACT electricity providers

Our energy comparison service can help you compare energy plans and providers in ACT and look for great energy deals. Simply enter in a few details, like your energy usage and postcode, and within minutes you can compare electricity and gas plans in Canberra from a range of energy providers.

You can see which electricity suppliers in Canberra retail electricity by reviewing the list below. We don’t compare products from all electricity providers on this list as we don’t compare all brands in the market, or all products offered by all brands. Information about the electricity providers we currently compare is available here.

  • ActewAGL
  • Energy Locals
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Origin Energy
  • Powerclub
  • Radian Energy
  • Red Energy
  • Social Energy

* The information provided above is based in the postcode of 2600 and is accurate as of 26 February 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

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ACT electricity and gas providers

The following energy providers also supply gas in ACT.

  • ActewAGL
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Origin Energy
  • Red Energy

* The information provided above is accurate as of 1 March 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.

Cheapest electricity in Canberra

When it comes to finding the cheapest electricity provider, it’s crucial you compare energy plans and providers in Canberra for your postcode from electricity providers around the territory.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a table of the cheapest electricity Canberra has to offer.

ProviderPlanAnnual Cost (inc. discounts)Annual Cost (excl. discounts)Discount Benefit PeriodContract Term
EnergyAustraliaTotal Plan Home$1,480.00$1,480.001 yearOngoing
Origin EnergyOrigin Go$1,580.00$1,580.001 yearOngoing
PowerclubPowerbank Home Flat$1,590.00$1,590.00NoneNone
Energy LocalsOnline Member – Anytime$1,630.00$1,630.00NoneNone
Social EnergySocial Energy Basic Plan$1,670.00$1,670.00NoneNone
Radian EnergyGTG Evoenergy TOU$1,690.00$1,690.00NoneNone
ActewAGLHome TOU – 15% off usage$1,720.00$1,720.001 year1 year
Red EnergyLiving Energy Saver$1,740.00$1,740.00NoneNone

* The prices and information provided above are based on a house with two to three adults with no solar panels, underfloor heating or pool and in the postcode of 2600 and are accurate as of 26 February 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). Plans and prices are subject to change.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the average residential electricity and gas bill in the ACT?

In July 2020, the annual cost for an all-electric household on a standing offer was $2,339, according to an ACT Energy Prices report.5 Households on standing offers who use both electricity and gas paid an average annual cost of $1,968 for electricity alone.5 See the table below for more details.

Not sure what a standing offer is? Find out in our section about how the electricity market works in the ACT.

Household typeRegulated zones
All-electric household$2,339 based on a flat rate tariff with an annual consumption of 8,000kWh
Electricity and gas household$1,968 for electricity alone based on an annual consumption of 6,500kWh

Source: St Vincent de Paul Society (2020). ACT Energy Prices July 2020: An update report on the ACT Tariff-Tracking Project. Accessed 24 May 2021.

Regardless of what was the average at this time, the offers available to you will differ. The best way to know what different plans will cost is to compare your options, so start that journey here!

What energy concessions are available in the ACT?

The ACT offers a Utilities Concession for eligible residents, which can help you save money and minimise your overall cost of living. The annual concession for 2019-20 is $700.6

You may be eligible for the utilities concession if you’re the primary holder of one of the following cards:

  • Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card or Gold Card
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
  • Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card.

The concession covers electricity, gas, water and sewage, and you can apply for it by simply contacting your energy provider. It’s also worth keeping in mind that you can only apply for a concession from the start date of your concession card.

Find out more about seniors energy rebates and concessions.

Where can I find the best energy deal in the ACT?

The best energy deal for you will depend on your financial circumstances, energy consumption habits and household. Every gas and electricity provider offers varying rates, discounts, exit fees (if any) and more. So, while the best deal for someone may be the cheapest plan, for others the best deal may be the most flexible.

If you’re looking for the cheapest plan, see the cheapest energy providers in Canberra.

Consider your personal circumstances while comparing energy plans. Our energy comparison service makes it easy to compare energy suppliers and plans in ACT. You can compare the estimated total costs, usage costs, daily supply charges, and other charges!

Sources

1 Australia Energy Regulator (2019). Annual Retail Markets Report 2018-19. Accessed October 2020. Figures are the average of the median market and standing offers from ACT energy retailers (who released their offer prices).
2 Australian Government: Energy Made Easy (2020). Glossary. Accessed October 2020.
3 Australian Government: Energy Made Easy (2020). Which type of tariff is right for you? Accessed October 2020.
4 ACT Government: Actsmart (2007). Actsmart Energy Saving Guide. Accessed October 2020.
5 St Vincent de Paul Society (2020). ACT Energy Prices July 2020: An update report on the ACT Tariff-Tracking Project. Accessed 24 May 2021.
6 ACT Government: Revenue Office. Utilities concession. Accessed October 2020.

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