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Module 6: Power up – energy and broadband for less

Don't overpay for power and internet! Here's how to save.

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Why you need a better deal on energy

As part of your 5-minute budget, you already know how much you spend on power.

But to recap, Finder's research shows the average Australian's quarterly electricity bill is $388.

Unfortunately, we collectively paid $1.1 billion in loyalty tax for energy in 2023 by not seeking out a better deal.

That's reinforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) findings last year that 79% of households were paying mid-high prices out of all the offers available.

Now there's a big gap between the cheapest and most expensive energy plans in Finder's database so it's likely you're paying more than you need to. It's even likelier if you haven't compared or negotiated a new plan in over 12 months.

The average Australian can save potentially $352* on their energy bill over 12 months by switching to a cheaper provider.

How to get a better energy deal

Energy providers want your business so you'll always find sign-up deals floating around.

For example, AGL is offering new customers in some states up to $150 in credit if they switch to AGL for electricity and gas, or $75 per fuel type.

Plus, if you sign up for the AGL Netflix Plan you'll also get a Netflix Standard subscription (worth $84).

You can upgrade your Netflix subscription at any point and all you'll have to pay is the difference.

The good news is you can switch providers multiple times a year in search of a better deal as no-lock-in contracts are usually the norm and most providers don't charge an exit fee either.

What should I look out for with an energy deal?

The main caveat with any energy deal is how much you're being charged for electricity itself.

When you're comparing energy plans, have a look at the annual estimate for your household and then see if the sign-up deal is even worth it. Providers advertise the annual estimates in their quotes and you can compare them on Finder.

There's always a chance that another energy provider may not have a deal but its annual estimate is much lower and will save you money in the long run.

In some states or territories such as NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and the ACT, you'll be able to easily compare plans by looking at the reference price. (In Victoria, this is also known as the Victorian Default Offer (VDO).)

Always aim for a plan that's lower than the reference price. The lower the better.

Lastly, take into account any extra costs such as credit card fees, late payment fees and disconnection costs as they can vary between providers.

You can read our guide to switching energy providers to see just how easy it is to compare plans online and make the switch. Most of the heavy lifting is done by the provider.

Why you need a better deal on internet

Last year ended with 17 out of 44 NBN providers on Finder changing their prices after NBN Co launched its new pricing framework. More are likely to follow suit in 2024.

NBN 50, the most popular speed tier, became more expensive by $5–$11 a month. Some faster speeds received a price cut.

Now, for example, the price gap between an NBN 50 and an NBN 100 plan is only $9 a month on average, instead of $17.

All of this is to say, there's never been a better time to compare internet plans to find a better deal, more so if you've been eyeing a speed upgrade.

To encourage you some more, our research found Aussies collectively paid $1.2 billion in loyalty tax in 2023 for internet by not moving to a cheaper plan.

We compared the prices of the cheapest and most expensive unlimited data NBN plans in our database (as of January 2024) and found:

The average Australian can save $145** on their internet bill over 12 months by switching to a cheaper provider.

How to get a better internet deal

Internet providers are known to sling 6-month sign-up discounts. Sometimes you can get the first month or 2 free.

For example, Dodo's current online special will give you access to NBN 100 for $70 a month for the first 6 months. The price will revert to $85 a month thereafter.

The discounted price will save you $90 over the year. You can always maximise the savings by switching to another provider offering a similar deal after 6 months.

No-lock-in contracts and the option to BYO modem are common features among NBN providers, making the switching process quite seamless.

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Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
TPG NBN50
NBN
Month-to-month
Finder Award
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $99.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$79.99
per month
Min total cost is $79.99 for first month
Price
$79.99 per month
Min total cost is $79.99 for first month
Dodo NBN50
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $65/mth for the first 6 months, then $80/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $79. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$65
per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Price
$65 per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Tangerine NBN Value Plus
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $59.90/mth for the first 6 months, then $79.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $129.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$59.90
per month
Min total cost is $59.90 for first month
Price
$59.90 per month
Min total cost is $59.90 for first month
Optus Plus Everyday Fast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $89/mth for the first 6 months, normally $99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 included for $0 if you stay connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$89
per month
Min total cost is $395 for first month
Price
$89 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $395 for first month
Swoop NBN Home Everyday
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $64/mth for the first 6 months, then $79/mth. Use code SUMMER15. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.5.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $130
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$64
per month
Min total cost is $64 for first month
Price
$64 per month
Min total cost is $64 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Fast
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $65/mth for the first 6 months, then $85/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$65
per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Price
$65 per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Dodo NBN25
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $60/mth for the first 6 months, then $65/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $79. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$60
per month
Min total cost is $60 for first month
Price
$60 per month
Min total cost is $60 for first month
iiNet NBN100 Liimitless
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
97Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
97Mbps
nbn™100
$89.99
per month
Min total cost is $89.99 for first month
Price
$89.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $89.99 for first month
More Value Plus NBN
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $70.40/mth for the first 12 months for CommBank customers, then $79.20/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.8.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $129.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$88
per month
Min total cost is $88 for first month
Price
$88 per month
Min total cost is $88 for first month
Tangerine NBN Value
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $49.90/mth for the first 6 months, then $64.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $129.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$49.90
per month
Min total cost is $49.90 for first month
Price
$49.90 per month
Min total cost is $49.90 for first month
iPrimus Premium
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $80/mth for the first 6 months, then $90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 12 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$80
per month
Min total cost is $200 for first month
Price
$80 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $200 for first month
AGL NBN Home Basic
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $54/mth instead of $69/mth when bundled with AGL Energy.. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $149
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$69
per month
Min total cost is $69 for first month
Price
$69 per month
Min total cost is $69 for first month
TPG NBN100
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $79.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $89.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $99.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
97Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
97Mbps
nbn™100
$79.99
per month
Min total cost is $79.99 for first month
Price
$79.99 per month
Min total cost is $79.99 for first month
Swoop NBN Home Casual
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $54/mth for the first 6 months, then $69/mth. Use code SUMMER15. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.5.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $130
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$54
per month
Min total cost is $54 for first month
Price
$54 per month
Min total cost is $54 for first month
Dodo NBN15
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $45/mth instead of $55/mth when bundled with Dodo Energy. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $79. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
15Mbps
Speed
15Mbps
$55
per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Price
$55 per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Swoop NBN Home Fast
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $74/mth for the first 6 months, then $94/mth. Use code SUMMER20. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.5.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $130
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$74
per month
Min total cost is $74 for first month
Price
$74 per month
Min total cost is $74 for first month
Flip NBN Turbo Boost Finder Exclusive
NBN
Month-to-month
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: $65/mth for the first 6 months, then $79.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.4.24
Exclusive
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $199
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
97Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
97Mbps
nbn™100
$65
per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Price
$65 per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
TPG NBN12
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $99.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
12Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
12Mbps
nbn™12
$69.99
per month
Min total cost is $69.99 for first month
Price
$69.99 per month
Min total cost is $69.99 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Basic
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $55/mth for the first 6 months, then $65/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$55
per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Price
$55 per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Optus Plus Everyday Superfast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $99/mth for the first 6 months, normally $119/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 included for $0 if you stay connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
240Mbps
nbn™250
Speed
240Mbps
nbn™250
$99
per month
Min total cost is $405 for first month
Price
$99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $405 for first month
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What should I look out for with an internet deal?

Besides the deal itself and the monthly cost of the NBN plan, consider which NBN speed tier is best suited to your needs.

Then look at the typical evening speed advertised on each plan. These are speeds you can expect during the busy hours of the day (7–11pm). For example, the maximum typical evening speed for an NBN 50 plan will be 50Mbps.

Lastly, consider any additional costs you may incur:

  • Modem: If you're switching to a provider that offers a BYO modem option, just make sure your hardware is compatible before signing up. If you need a new modem, compare modem fees between providers as these can vary.
  • Contracts: Switching providers can be costly if you are tied to a contract for 12, 24 or 36 months. Make sure it's worth the break fees and extra value – perhaps you'll get a free modem in return or some sort of entertainment package.
  • Hidden fees: These can include non-direct debit fees or a surcharge on credit card payments. Always read the plan's critical information summary before signing up.

*Energy saving calculation based on average spend of $388 a quarter, compared to the cheapest average quarterly estimate of $300 in Victoria.

**Broadband calculation based on the average spend of $912 a year compared to the cheapest of $766.80 a year.

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