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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Features Customer service rating More details Details
Origin
Origin
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, WA
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.Go to site
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No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
Energy Australia
Energy Australia
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, SA, ACT
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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More info
Energy Locals
Green Company
Energy Locals
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Power Direct
Power Direct
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Apply now
More info
ActewAGL
ActewAGL
NSW, ACT
NSW, ACT
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Apply now
More info
Powerclub
Powerclub
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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N/A
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Features Customer service rating More details Details
Origin
Origin
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, WA
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.Go to site
More info
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
Energy Australia
Energy Australia
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, SA, ACT
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Go to site
More info
ActewAGL
ActewAGL
NSW, ACT
NSW, ACT
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Cheap electricity in ACT

Methodology: The following list was made using prices found checking our energy engine on 1 October 2020.

The following list of cheap plans is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in ACT (Postcode: 2601) who consumes 5,499 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. The estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from our picks. Always check the provider's site before applying. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Please use our engine for a specific comparison in your postcode.

Rates

PlanReference price Estimated quarterly price BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home Flat + Solar FITN/A$407BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home FlatN/A$407BPID
Origin Max Saver Usage - Online SpecialN/A$423BPID
EnergyAustralia: Total Plan HomeN/A$432BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home Flat + Solar + SmartN/A$432BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home Flat + SmartN/A$432BPID
Origin Max Saver Usage - Online SpecialN/A$433BPID
Origin Flexi UsageN/A$442BPID
Origin Max Saver Usage - Online SpecialN/A$445BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red Saver (Bundled) (020)N/A$452BPID
Red Energy: Living Energy Saver (020)N/A$452BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red Saver (020)N/A$452BPID
Red Energy: Red EV Saver (020)N/A$452BPID
Origin Flexi UsageN/A$453BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red Saver (010)N/A$453BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red Saver (Bundled) (010)N/A$453BPID
Red Energy: Living Energy Saver (010)N/A$453BPID
Red Energy: Red EV Saver (010)N/A$453BPID
EnergyAustralia: No FrillsN/A$458BPID
Origin Flexi UsageN/A$462BPID

Cheap gas plans in ACT

Methodology: The following list was made using prices found checking our energy engine on 1 October 2020.

The following list of cheap plans is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in ACT (Postcode: 2601) who consumes 5,499 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. The estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from our picks. Always check the provider's site before applying. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Please use our engine for a specific comparison in your postcode.

PlanTariff typeEstimated quarterly priceBPID
Red Energy: Living Energy SaverSingle Rate$342BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red SaverSingle Rate$342BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red Saver (Bundled)Single Rate$342BPID
Origin Flexi UsageSingle Rate$357BPID
EnergyAustralia: Total Plan HomeSingle Rate$358BPID
EnergyAustralia: No FrillsSingle Rate$369BPID
EnergyAustralia: Basic HomeSingle Rate$399BPID
Red Energy: Standing OfferSingle Rate$413BPID

Electricity and gas providers in ACT

Most of the energy produced in the ACT comes from solar sources and the government plans to have 90% of the ACT's electricity coming from renewable sources by 2020. The ACT has several solar farms and residents can get solar feed-in tariffs from all of the main retailers operating in the territory. However, not all retailers offer installation so make sure to check if you need to arrange solar installation before signing up.

ACT energy retailers

Evoenergy, owned by ActewAGL, is the main electricity and gas distributor in the ACT but residents can choose from the following energy retailers:

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ActewAGL✅✅✅
EnergyAustralia✅✅✅
Origin✅✅✅
Energy Locals✅❌✅
Powerclub✅❌✅

Businesses have a few additional options and can sign up for electricity with Next Business Energy and ERM Business Energy. Simply Energy also operates in the ACT, but only accepts customers who are registered for the Next Generation Energy Storage Program.

Energy plans from some of the providers in the ACT: What's on offer?

ActewAGL - Home 20% Offer

Variable rate electricity plan with no connection fee after moving and flexible payments, billed quarterly. Has a guaranteed discount over a 12 month benefit period and no lock-in contracts or exit fees. Choose between 10 and 100% GreenPower.

EnergyAustralia - No Frills

Fixed prices on electricity for the first 12 months, paid by direct debit only. Bills are paid quarterly, there is no lock-in contract, and you can pick from 10 to 100% GreenPower energy. When you opt in you can get full carbon offsets after 6 months.

Origin - Max Saver

You can access this variable rate electricity plan if you pay by direct debit, get your bills and communications online, and install the Origin app. Benefits apply over the first 12 months, and you can get between 25 and 100% GreenPower renewable offsets. No exit fees, with monthly billing options.

Red Energy - Living Energy Saver

In this plan, you receive variable rate electricity with no contract term and flexible payment options. You have a choice of monthly billing and 100% GreenPower, if you want.

Energy Locals - Online Saver Anytime

Prices are fixed until the 1st of July 2020, and there's no lock-in contract. You have a choice of monthly billing and can add in GreenPower options between 10 and 100%.

Note: Plan information last checked on July 2020.

How much is the energy rebate in the ACT?

An energy rebate is a certain amount of money you get back that goes towards reducing your energy bill. Usually, you'll have to meet an eligibility requirement to access a particular rebate, often something like holding an appropriate concession card.

Rebates take two main forms: a flat amount of money back, or a percentage of your total energy bill. To find out what rebates you could be able to access, search for the Australian Capital Territory section of our guide to concessions and rebates.

When are off-peak and on-peak periods in the ACT?

Like several other states, the ACT splits up the day into three separate periods of time as far as power usage is concerned: peak, off-peak, and shoulder. Customers who are on a time-of-use tariff with their power plan will pay different usage rates for each of those periods as follows:

  • Peak. 7am - 9am and 5pm - 8pm every day. This is the period of largest energy demand, so it comes with the highest prices.
  • Off-peak. 10pm - 7am every day. Lowest demand territory-wide means that prices are the lowest, too.
  • Shoulder. All other times (9am - 5pm and 8pm - 10pm every day). Usage rates are somewhere between those for peak and off-peak.

How to read a meter in the ACT

Reading an electricity meter in the ACT can be done either by a technician or yourself. To have a technician do it, you only need to make sure they have easy access to the meter on your property.

If you wish to read the meter yourself, do a safety check. Inspect the meter and meter housing for signs of damage from animals or water, and ensure that none of the visible components are melted or burned, which could be a sign of electrical damage.

From there, the reading process will depend on what kind of meter you have — our meter reading guide has more detail if you want or if yours isn't listed below:

  • Smart meter. Smart meters record energy usage in 30 minute time intervals. You won't usually be able to read one manually, and will instead have to visit your retailer's website to get a usage chart.
  • Clock face meter. Write down the number on each clock face from left to right. When the dial is placed between two numbers, take the lower one. Ignore the dial labelled 1/10. Your power usage will be the current meter reading minus the one from your latest energy bill.
  • Electronic meter. The "display" button should cause your meter to cycle through some readings. If there is more than one reading that gets displayed, record all of them.

How often will you get your bill?

As with most states, residents of the ACT will get their power bill quarterly (or every 3 months) at a minimum. However, your retailer may decide to send it monthly or offer you the option to receive it monthly.

Here's how a few electricity retailers handle bills in the capital territory:

  • Origin. On the Flexi Usage plan, Origin will send you a bill every 3 months by default, but customers can opt in for monthly billing if they desire. Asking for your bill by mail instead of email will attract an extra fee.
  • Energy Australia. The No Frills plan means bills will only come every quarter, with no choice of monthly billing for customers. Requesting paper bills in the mail will cost you an additional charge.
  • ActewAGL. You'll receive your bill every 3 months with no choice of monthly billing on an ActewAGL Home Saver 20% plan. If you want your bills printed on paper and mailed to you, ActewAGL will do so for free.

How do you connect electricity in the ACT?

Relocating from one property to another requires powering off at your old property and reconnecting at your new address. This is a pretty straightforward process in the ACT, so here's a few ways you can go about it depending on your situation:

  • Use your current provider. Planning to stay with the same provider? Simply send them a message to let them know the date you're moving and they should be able to handle the switch over completely on your behalf. Make sure your current energy plan is available at your new address first, though.
  • Have your landlord or agent do it. If you're renting a place, it's possible that the energy account for the property is handled by your landlord or agent and the costs passed on to you in the form of rent or such. In this case, sit down with your landlord, figure out the details, and they'll do the rest.
  • Compare online. Moving house is the perfect opportunity to make a clean break from your existing plan and find something new. Searching out a better deal might help you save money in the long run by comparing plans online.

There may be fees associated with connecting and disconnecting your power and gas from one property to the next, charged by the distributor. There is only one distributor for both utilities in the ACT, EvoEnergy, and they charge the following rates:

DistributorConnection feeDisconnection fee
EvoEnergy (electricity)$88.47$38.28
EvoEnergy (natural gas)$19.47$19.47

How to get cheaper energy

  • Check base rates. The base rates are how much you pay per unit of energy that you consume, and are the most important part of an energy plan. Other discounts and features aside, cheaper usage rates usually translate to cheaper energy bills.
  • Investigate discounts. Discounts have two flavours: conditional, where you have to meet a certain condition for it to apply, and guaranteed, which will apply regardless. Guaranteed discounts are preferable to conditional ones, but both will generally apply only for a limited period of time.
  • Consider tariffs. Most plans offer a flat rate, where you pay the same amount no matter when you use power. Consider switching to a time of use tariff, where the day is split into peak and off-peak usage. If your off-peak usage is considerably higher than your peak, you may be able to save by choosing this kind of tariff.
  • Regular comparisons. Deals change and benefit periods are limited. If you review your energy options regularly, there's a good chance you might be able to access better deals than a plan you've been on for a while.

Key terms in ACT

Energy prices in the ACT are regulated by the government. However, some providers may still offer cheaper plans than others. In addition to price, there are several other factors you should consider when choosing an energy plan.

  • Solar installation. While most providers in the ACT offer solar feed-in tariffs, not all providers offer solar panel installation. If you're looking to install a new solar system, it might be cheaper to sign up with a retailer who offers comprehensive solar services including installation.
  • Discounts. Many providers offer discounts. These discounts can include bill reductions for paying your bills on time and bundling discounts if you sign up for electricity and gas with the same provider.
  • Flexible payment options. Check to see how your provider lets you pay your bills. It might be possible to pay your bills in advance or in flexible instalments.
  • Monitoring. Some providers let you monitor your energy bills and usage using a smartphone app.
  • Fees. Some providers charge a fee for finishing a contract early or signing up for a new plan.
  • Contract terms. Make sure to check your contract terms carefully. Some providers automatically roll over your contract when it expires, which can be convenient but may come with higher costs.

Switching

Your choice of retail provider can make a noticeable difference to the size of your energy bill. Once you've compared electricity and gas plans and chosen a new provider, it's relatively easy to switch. It's simply a matter of applying with the new provider and cancelling your existing plan. Your new provider should generally be able to supply your energy by the next day.

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    RobertSeptember 19, 2017

    I live in Duffy so do i have an option of electricity suppliers?

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      MariaSeptember 19, 2017

      Hey Robert,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Regarding your options on electricity suppliers in your area, availability would vary depending on location.

      You may fill out the form on this page on Energy Comparison for Australian Capital Territory to consult an energy broker.

      I hope this helps.

      Best,
      Maria

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    tullyMay 31, 2017

    Name of gas suppliers that service red hill act

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      JonathanMay 31, 2017

      Hi Tully!

      Thanks for the comment.

      Currently, we have ActewAGL as the sole option for ACT residents on our page.

      You may complete the inquiry form and an energy consultant will get in touch with you.

      Hope this clarifies.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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