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Welcome to Energy Finder™. We're a free online service that lets you compare energy prices in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. If you're in another state, we won't have personalised prices available but we still have guides to help you compare energy plans and providers.

Compare energy providers in Australia

Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Is the retailer Australian owned? Customer service rating More details Details
ReAmped Energy
ReAmped Energy
NSW, QLD, SA, ACT
Not available at the moment
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Generally cheap power across every state.
Origin
Origin
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, WA
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
Dodo
Dodo
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
NSW, VIC
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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NSW and VIC residents benefit from bundling Internet with their energy plan.
AGL
AGL
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Fixed rates on some plans for the first 12 months.
Energy Australia
Energy Australia
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, SA, ACT
Foreign-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Fixed rates and guaranteed discounts for the first 12 months.
Energy Locals
Green Company
Energy Locals
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, TAS
Not available at the moment
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Get 100% carbon neutral plans at no extra cost.
OVO Energy
OVO Energy
NSW, QLD, SA
Not available at the moment
Foreign-owned
N/A
N/A
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Go carbon neutral and get 10% off on all GreenPower plans.
Sumo
Sumo
NSW, VIC, QLD
NSW, VIC
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Bundle electricity, gas, and Internet for potential discounts.
Kogan Energy
Kogan Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
VIC
Partly Australian-owned
N/A
N/A
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Offers an app to track your power usage in real time.
Lumo Energy
Lumo Energy
NSW, VIC, SA
VIC
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Australian customer support and rewards for SA customers.
Alinta
Alinta
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA
Foreign-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Australian customer support and loyalty rewards for paying your bill.
Red Energy
Red Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Earn Qantas rewards points every time you pay your bill.
Powershop
Green Company
Powershop
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
VIC
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Awarded by Finder as Australia's Greenest Energy Retailer in 2010 and 2021, you'll get100% carbon neutral energy.
1st Energy
1st Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS
Not available at the moment
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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No extra fees for credit card payments.
Momentum Energy
Momentum Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
VIC
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Renewable promise-matches each unit of energy with one from a renewable source.
Future X Energy
Future X Energy
NSW, QLD
Australian-owned
N/A
N/A
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Power Direct
Power Direct
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
Not available at the moment
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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12 months of fixed prices on residential power plans.
ActewAGL
ActewAGL
NSW, ACT
NSW, ACT
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Power & Water
Power & Water
NT
Not available at the moment
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Tango Energy
Tango Energy
NSW, VIC
VIC
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Australian customer support and 12-month fixed rates on most plans.
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How to get the best energy deal in Australia

  • Compare price estimates for your local area. Use our energy price comparison tool to get a real-time estimate of how much more than a dozen energy providers charge in your area.
  • See if you're eligible for energy rebates. Families, low-income households and those relying on in-home medical equipment may be eligible for energy rebates, depending on which state you live in.
  • Bundle your energy with other utilities. You can save money on your bill when pairing energy with home internet with providers like AGL and Kogan Energy.
  • Switch providers if you're not getting the best deal. You can move to a new energy provider in as little as two days, so if you see a better deal out there - get onto it! (Just remember to factor in any exit fees, if applicable)
  • Take advantage of rewards on offer. To entice you to switch, more and more energy providers are offering deals like 12 months access to a streaming service when you sign up. If it's a service you want, it may be worth the change.

What features can you compare using Energy Finder?

Our engine is capable of comparing quite a few things. Here are the features our users find most helpful to compare:

  • Price. This is how much you can expect to pay on a given plan in a quarter, assuming average energy use. For most states, this will be placed against a default reference price for a clearer comparison.
  • Usage rates and supply charges. Usage rates are how much you pay for each unit of energy you consume, while supply charges are what you pay daily for being connected to the energy network.
  • Contract terms and benefit periods. The contract term tells you how long you're locked into a contract for (as opposed to month-to-month, which means you can leave at any time). A benefit period tells you how long discounts apply before they expire.
  • Solar feed-in tariffs. This is how much you'll earn for each unit of surplus energy that you feed back into the grid from your solar array, measured in c/kWh.
  • Exit fees. This is how much you'll be charged if you leave your contract early. This applies only to plans with a lock-in contract.
  • GreenPower. GreenPower lets you guarantee that a certain percentage of your energy is purchased from renewable sources, such as wind, solar or bioenergy. For example, a plan might offer 10%, 25% or 100% GreenPower options at an additional usage cost.

Understand how energy prices are calculated

Energy plans may appear complicated, but prices depend on just three main things.

If you can understand these elements, you may be able to find yourself a cheaper deal.

  • Supply charges. This is a flat fee that you are charged for being connected to the energy network, measured in c/day.
  • Usage rates. This is how much you'll be charged for each unit of energy you consume, measured in c/kWh. Securing lower usage rates is vital as they will make up the bulk of your energy bill.
  • Discounts. These are usually a percentage discount on some or all of your bill, though they can take other forms. Discounts may require special conditions or they may only apply for a strictly limited time. Factor in the limits of a discount when you're comparing energy plans.

"Price isn't the be-all and end-all of energy plans"

Picking a great energy plan is about more than the listed cost. Low usage and supply rates are important, but understanding your bill and how costs are calculated empowers you to make your own good decisions.

Look deeper than the price

Discounts can make a plan cheaper, but they can also be misleading:

  • They're usually temporary, expiring after 12 months.
  • They can be conditional, and be removed if you don't meet the condition.


Comparing base rates is always better. Consider these scenarios:

A cheaper estimated price
Will it decrease your bill?Yes
What should you look out for?It may decrease your bill overall, but could be reliant on discounts.
Useful if...You want a rough indication of how much you could save.
Large discounts
Will it decrease your bill?Yes
What should you look out for?Decreases your bill, but may only last for a certain amount of time (e.g. one year). May also require you to meet certain requirements (e.g. pay on time).
Useful if...You are able to meet discount conditions and you are aware of when your discount will end.
Lower usage rates
Will it decrease your bill?Yes
What should you look out for?Decreases your bills usage rate either per kWh (electricity) or per MJ/h (gas).
Useful if...You have a high energy usage (although this can be beneficial to anyone, regardless of how much energy you use).
A lower daily supply charge
Will it decrease your bill?Yes
What should you look out for?
Decreases the daily charge you have to pay simply to be connected to power.
Look for this if...You're not a high energy user (although this can be beneficial to anyone, regardless of how much energy you use).

Understand your bill

Understanding your energy bill means you understand your energy consumption and can figure out if you can get a better deal.

Here's what matters on your bill:


Bill invoice

Bill period.


Bill period

Usage in period.


Peak, peak off usage

Peak and off-peak usage.


Data in area

Relative usage to others in your area.


Point of service

Controlled load usage.


Charges

Usage and supply charges.

For a more in-depth look at understanding your bill, check out our detailed guide.

Do the big energy brands matter?

Around 65% of Australian residents buy their power from one of the "Big 3" energy retailers: Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia and AGL.

Competitive rates, but not always the best

Smaller retailers often beat out the big three on price, but they remain competitive. You'll often need to stay on top of expiring benefit periods to keep your plan prices low.

They have good customer service

The big energy brands score well on their Finder customer service rating.

FeatureAGLEnergyAustraliaOrigin
Rating4.83.84.5
24 hour
customer service
YesNoNo
Weekend hours?YesNoYes
Online chat available?YesYesYes
Financial hardship programYesYesYes

What is Finder's customer service rating?

Finder's customer service rating is a score assigned to retailers based on how easily customers can sign up and how responsive they are to issues.

It's based on factors like these and others:

  • Call centre service
  • Website/app usability
  • Online help and support


For a full breakdown of the customer service rating, see our methodology.

What should green-conscious customers look for in an energy plan?

Most of Australia's electricity comes from non-renewable sources (e.g. coal burning). However, you can still make a greener choice when choosing an energy provider by looking out for:

  • GreenPower. You can pay extra with some providers to guarantee that some amount of your energy is from renewables. Learn more in our GreenPower guide.
  • Carbon offsets. Providers may offer "carbon neutrality" on their plans. This means they purchase carbon offsets for all the power that you use — your energy still produces emissions.
  • Finder Green Award. The Finder Green Awards are handed out to businesses making the biggest contribution towards a green future, including energy retailers, among others.


Our individual provider pages go into more detail about green ratings.

What should solar owners look out for?

Solar owners not only produce some of their own power, but can feed the excess back into the grid for a rebate on their energy bill.

This rate is called the "solar feed-in tariff". While higher feed-in tariffs could be nice, watch out for inflated usage rates to see if it will actually save you money – check our guide to the best plans for solar feed-in tariffs for your area.

Before you switch plans

Here's a quick checklist:

  • Resolve any problems. If you're switching due to an issue with your current provider, see if it can be resolved. You can always address serious complaints to the energy and water ombudsman for your state.
  • Contract terms. Ensure you don't have to pay an exit fee to switch from your old plan.
  • Discounts. Watch out for conditional discounts and realise that they will likely expire after 12 months.
  • Concessions/rebates. You might be eligible for one. See our list of energy rebates for every state, or look out for concession-only plans like AGL's seniors plan.


If you aren't moving house, your retailer will handle the actual switch. They'll ask for some information and then do the rest, which is explained in detail here.

Moving house?

You can either:

  • Stay with your current provider. This is only sometimes an option, depending on where you're moving.
  • Switch to a new one. Moving house is an excellent opportunity to switch to a more competitive plan. Compare your options to find one that suits.

No matter what, you should try and arrange an energy switch at least a week ahead – it usually takes about 3 business days to get connected.


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