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Compare energy prices in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. If you're in another location, we may not have personalised prices available but we still have guides to help you compare energy plans, get estimates on your rates and learn about different providers.

Providers Average Electricity Price Average Gas Price Features Compare prices

Origin

Origin logo
$1,087
$773
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
  • Bundling
See your rates
Alinta alinta logo
$1,044
$682
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

AGL

agl logo
$1,086
$723
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
EnergyAustralia Energy Australia logo
$1,114
$459
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Simply Energy Picture not described
$1,142
$763
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

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Note: These are the top five ranked plans in New South Wales. See more and learn how we rated these providers at the link above.

Providers Average Electricity Price Average Gas Price Features Compare prices

AGL

agl logo
$1,147
$1,357
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Powershop powershop logo
$1,101
$699
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Alinta alinta logo
$1,013
$1,152
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

Origin

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$1,126
$1,391
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
  • Bundling
See your rates
Energy Australia Energy Australia logo
$1,150
$866
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

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Note: These are the top five ranked plans in Victoria. See more and learn how we rated these providers at the link above.

Providers Average Electricity Price Average Gas Price Features Compare prices
Alinta alinta logo
$1,189
$570
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

AGL

agl logo
$1,179
$628
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

Origin

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$1,179
$679
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
  • Bundling
See your rates
Simply Energy Picture not described
$1,222
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Dodo dodo
$1,200
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
  • Bundling
See your rates

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Note: These are the top five ranked plans in Queensland. See more and learn how we rated these providers at the link above.

Providers Average Electricity Price Average Gas Price Features Compare prices
Powershop powershop logo
$1,459
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

Origin

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$1,459
$861
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
  • Bundling
See your rates

AGL

agl logo
$1,613
$841
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Simply Energy Picture not described
$1,544
$780
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Alinta alinta logo
$1,476
$1,134
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

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Note: These are the top five ranked plans in South Australia. See more and learn how we rated these providers at the link above.

Providers Average Electricity Price Average Gas Price Features Compare prices
CovaU covau energy logo
$1,450
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
Learn more
Elysian Energy elysian energy logo
$960
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
Learn more
Energy Locals energy locals logo
$1,332
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
1st Energy 1st Energy logo
$1,580
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Aurora Energy aurora_logo
$1,590
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
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Note: These are the top five ranked plans in Tasmania. See more and learn how we rated these providers at the link above.

Providers Average Electricity Price Average Gas Price Features Compare prices

Origin

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$1,453
$812
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
  • Bundling
See your rates
ActewAGL Actewgel logo
$1,671
$1,222
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Energy Australia Energy Australia logo
$1,839
$861
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Simply Energy Picture not described
Electricity quote not available
Gas quote not available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates
Red Energy Picture not described
$1,645
Gas quote not available
  • GreenPower available
  • Solar assistance
See your rates

See more energy plans in ACT

Note: These are the top five ranked plans in the ACT. See more and learn how we rated these providers at the link above.

Some of the energy providers we compare

  • 1st energy logo

  • ActewAGL logo
  • agl energy logo

  • alinta energy
  • dodo energy
  • energy australia logo
  • energy locals logo
  • future x power logo
  • kogan energy logo
  • origin energy logo
  • ovo energy
  • powershop logo
  • red energy
  • simply energy logo
  • reamped energy logo
  • sumo energy

Cheapest electricity providers in Australia

Electricity prices vary quite a bit from state to state. On average, the lowest rates tend to be for lucky Tasmanians while those in the ACT tend to pay the highest prices.

StateCheapest retailerCheapest plan price
NSWSimply Energy$84/moGet your quote
VICAlinta Energy$84/moGet your quote
SASimply Energy$105/moGet your quote
QLDSimply Energy$77/moGet your quote
TASCovaU$79/mo

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ACTOrigin Energy$121/moGet your quote

We've analysed prices using the average usage per year for electricity per state, to see which companies came out as the cheapest overall. Prices as of 21 February 2022.

Best electricity providers in Australia

As the best isn't always the cheapest, especially if you're after better customer service or larger companies, we've ranked providers in each state to find what we believe are the best options for consumers.

StateBest retailer*Cheapest plan price
NSWOrigin Energy$91/moGet your quote
VICAGL$96/moGet your quote
SAPowershop$122/moGet your quote
QLDAlinta Energy$99/moGet your quote
TASCovaU$79/mo

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ACTOrigin Energy$121/moGet your quote

What should you consider when comparing energy plans?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


How to get the best energy deal in Australia

One of the easiest ways to save on energy costs is to switch to a cheaper energy provider. Here are a few more tips to lower your bills:

  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Make the most 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.
  • Look for discounts. It's no secret that many energy providers offer discounts. These discounts can be as simple as getting a bill reduction for paying your bills on time or signing up online. If you notify your provider that you want to switch, you may even be offered a discount to stay. Whatever discounts your provider offers, make sure to read all of the terms and conditions, as some offers only apply if you meet certain requirements.
  • Bundle your energy plans. If you're looking to connect both electricity and gas, you might be able to get a discount by signing up for both services with the same provider. Bundled plans also offer the added benefit of simplifying your bills into a single invoice and making it easier to budget for utilities.
  • Apply for concessions and rebates Some providers offer concession discounts for pensioners, veterans, low-income households or households with specialised medical equipment. Check out our guide to concessions and rebates in Australia to find out what your options are, check eligibility requirements and learn how to apply.
  • Take advantage of real-time energy monitoring Some providers offer a smartphone app or desktop software that lets you track your energy use. These apps can help you understand how much energy you're using and the real-time cost of using specific appliances. This can help you understand exactly what you're paying for and reduce your energy use to lower your bills.
  • Opt for monthly billing Many providers now offer monthly billing or bill smoothing. With bill smoothing, the retailer estimates your annual electricity costs and sends you invoices for more manageable monthly payments. While this won't reduce your annual energy costs, it will help you avoid bill shock with quarterly invoices.

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How much do the big Australian 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 should environmentally-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 panel 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.


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