Electricity and gas plans in NSW

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Essential facts about NSW energy plans

  • The NSW electricity market was deregulated in 2014 and the gas market was deregulated in 2017.
  • NSW residents have a wide range of energy options with more than 25 electricity providers and more than 10 gas providers.
  • If you have an eligible pension or concession card, you may be able to get discounts on your energy bill.
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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Billing Green rating Details More details
AGL
AGL
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Energy Australia
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
SA
ACT
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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ReAmped Energy
NSW
QLD
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N/A

Green options

Solar

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Origin
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Sumo
NSW
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Alinta
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Click Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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Solar

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Powershop
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Energy Locals
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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OVO Energy
NSW
Monthly billing
N/A

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

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Simply Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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1st Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
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Solar

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What are the 20 cheapest electricity plans in NSW?

Although the cheapest plans may vary based on the type of tariff, your location, your household and your usage, you can get a general idea of who is the cheapest using this table.

The cheapest plans list above is general guide only. Estimated prices are based on a residential customer in Sydney, NSW who consumes 3,900 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network and only one plan per provider is shown. Estimated prices include conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Brand Plan name Difference from reference price Conditional discount? Estimated price (per 91 days) Estimated price (Annual)
ReAmped ReAmped Handshake | Anytime 20% less N/A $293.91 $1,176.00
Energy Locals Local Saver - Anytime 19% less N/A $295.75 $1,183.00
Kogan Energy Kogan Energy Market Offer 18% less N/A $302.21 $1,209.00
Origin Energy Origin Max Saver 16% less N/A $307.80 $1,231.20
Elysian Energy Elysian Market Residential Simple Plan (NAG) 13% less (without discount) Further 3% off the reference price if you always pay on time. $308.57 $1,234.00
Discover Energy Ausgrid Residential Single Rate Ultimate Offer 16% less N/A $309.02 $1,236.00
Sumo Sumo Select Residential Single Rate Equal to (without discount) Further 15% off the reference price if you always pay on time. $311.17 $1,245.00
Powerdirect Powerdirect Residential Discount Saver 15% less N/A $311.35 $1,245.00
Future X Power Flexi Saver - Single Rate Equal to (without discount) Further 15% off the reference price if you always pay on time. $312.84 $1,308.00
EnergyAustralia No Frills 13% less N/A $317.75 $1,271.00
AGL Residential Essentials Saver 13% less N/A $318.67 $1,275.00
Alinta Energy Residential Essentials Saver 13% less N/A $318.67 $1,275.00
Simply Energy NSW Simply Low Rates 13% less N/A $319.97 $1,280.00
QEnergy QE Home Saver Smart (Variable EA010) 12% less N/A $322.58 $1,290.00
Diamond Energy Everyday Renewable Saver 1% less (without discount) Further 7% off the reference price if you always pay on time and further 3% off the reference price when you pay by Direct Debit. $325.13 $1,301.00
Enova Energy Enova Community Plus 9% less Further 2% off the reference price if you always pay on time. $326.89 $1,308.00
amaysim No Fuss (Single Rate) 11% less N/A $327.64 $1,311.00
Red Energy Red Taronga Saver 10% less N/A $329.78 $1,319.00
Click Energy Click Banksia Plus 9% less N/A $333.53 $1,334.00
CovaU Default Market Offer - Residential Ausgrid Single 9% less N/A $334.74 $1,339.00

Make sure you check the Basic Plan Information for the plans above.

Is energy expensive in NSW?

...on average, a household could be charged around $1,170 annually.

When it comes to the average rate you are charged for using electricity, NSW is one of the cheaper states with the average rate being $0.30 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

What does this mean?

Standard household usage in NSW is around 3,900 kWh over a year. This means on average a household could be charged is around $1,170 annually [$0.30 x 3900].

Note: This example is a general guide and doesn't include fixed daily supply charges and other fees. Household usage has been taken from AER's Default Market Offer Prices Report and is based on the Ausgrid Distribution Network.

How do I get the best electricity deal in NSW? 3 steps to follow

1. Understand these terms before you compare

If you're in NSW, then you should familiarise yourself with the following terms:

2. Review your personal needs

When comparing electricity deals in NSW, don't be lured in by the cheapest deal; it's not necessarily the best one for you. Look for discounts, special offers or unique plans that suit your needs. To get the right deal for you, ask yourself:

  • What time of day you use the most amount of electricity and gas (e.g., when do you use the most appliances)?
  • Are you happy being locked in for longer on a good deal or do you want the flexibility to change regularly?
  • Do you want a discount for paying via direct debit?
  • Do you want a flat fee structure where you pay the same each month or do you want to pay for exactly what you use?

3. Compare plan features

Check for the following terms when comparing NSW plans:

Feature Details
Estimated price An estimated price is the lowest possible price available based on default usage rates. It should give you a rough idea of how much a plan will cost you.
Discounts Many providers in NSW offer discounts for new customers. This alone can make switching worthwhile, but make sure to check if the discount extends beyond the early stages of a contract. Some providers also offer discounts for customers who regularly pay their bills on time or who pay using direct debits.
Fees Some energy providers charge connection fees for new customers or exit fees for customers who terminate a contract early. You should factor this in to your costs when comparing retailers and deciding if switching will help save you money. Fees typically range from $40 to $100 and will be specified in your contract.
Payment options Check to see what options the provider offers for paying your bills. For some customers, flexibility can mean the difference between paying on time or paying late and incurring a fee.
Energy monitoring If you need both gas and electricity services, you may be able to get a discount for signing up for both with a single provider.
Payment options Some providers let you track your energy usage through a smartphone app. This can help you understand your usage patterns and know exactly what you're paying for when it comes to energy.

How to compare electricity

Which energy brands operate in NSW

NSW residents can choose from the following energy retailers:

Provider ⚡ Electricity ♨️ Gas ☀️ Solar
1st Energy
ActewAGL
AGL
Alinta
amaysim
Amber Electric
Click Energy
Commander
CovaU
DC Power Co
Diamond Energy
Discover Energy
Dodo
Energy Locals
EnergyAustralia
Enova Energy
Mojo Power
Momentum Energy
Origin Energy
Pooled Energy
Powerdirect
Powerclub
Powershop
QEnergy
ReAmped Energy
Red Energy
Simply Energy
Sumo

Business owners can also sign up for plans with Next Business Energy and Blue NRG.

How does the NSW energy market work?

You might pay your energy retailer but they're not actually responsible for delivering electricity and gas to your home — that's the job of the energy distributor. An energy retailer, on the other hand, buys electricity and gas from the distributor and sells it to you at a higher price. Your distributor might differ depending on where you live in NSW but will be one of the following:

Three distributors maintain the electricity grids in different parts of the state:

DistributorDetails
Endeavour EnergySouth and west metro Sydney, including the nearby Blue Mountains and the Illawara region
AusgridInner, north, and east metro Sydney and nearby regions
Essential EnergyCountry and regional New South Wales

There are also three gas distributors operating in NSW:

DistributorDetails
Central Ranges SystemTamworth
Jemena Gas NetworksSydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong and areas of country NSW
Wagga Wagga Gas Distribution NetworkWagga Wagga and Albury

Energy rebates and concessions in NSW

Residents of NSW with eligible pension or concession cards may be eligible for the following energy discounts:

  • Family Energy Rebate
  • Low Income Household Rebate
  • Life Support Rebate
  • Medical Energy Rebate
  • NSW Gas Rebate
  • Energy Supplement

Check if you're eligible for any NSW concessions and learn how to apply

Tariff types in NSW

A tariff is basically the way you are charged for your energy. These can be broken down into two types:

  • Usage charges. The charges you receive will reflect the cost of electricity you have used. They are calculated by each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity and will differ in price depending on your distribution network, energy provider and tariff(s).
  • Supply charges. This is a price set by the energy distributor in NSW for the maintenance of energy infrastructure. You will be charged a daily rate regardless of how much or how little power you use.

In NSW, customers may have access to the following tariffs:

  • Time of use tariffs. Your electricity costs will vary at different times of the day. To get this tariff, you will need to have a smart meter installed.
  • Controlled load tariffs. This is designed for large, high-energy usage appliances like hot water systems, heat slabs and pool pumps. These appliances are metered separately to the rest of the property and charged at a rate that is generally lower than standard usage rates.
  • Single rate tariffs This is when you pay the same rate regardless of peak or off-peak times. It essentially means that your bill won't be impacted if you use energy at specific times of the day.

How to switch providers in NSW

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.

How to switch energy providers

Frequently asked questions about energy in NSW

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    AdelesaJune 26, 2017

    Is the price for gas and electricity are the same for every provider in NSW. Or each provider set their own price for gas 7 electricity

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      LiezlJune 26, 2017

      Hi Adelesa,

      Thanks for your question.

      Gas and electricity prices in NSW vary between energy providers. They also offer deals such as discounts to stay competitive in the market.

      If you want to receive a quote from providers you may click the “Enquire Now” button and fill in your details on the form. The consultant will work with you to compare a range of energy suppliers in your area.

      Cheers,
      Liezl

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    StephanMay 21, 2017

    Who can supply LPG in a large bottle to our property in Pokolbin. We want to drive our Rinnai 25 LPG heater. We do not have access to natural Gas network.

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      DeeMay 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Stephan,

      Thanks for your question.

      You may want to try Origin Energy as they offer LPG gas delivery.

      Alternatively, you may also directly contact and inquire from any of the energy providers we have listed above if they deliver LPG in your area.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    rollyApril 27, 2016

    when does the 60cent solar rebate finish?

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      ShirleyApril 28, 2016Staff

      Hi Rolly,

      Thanks for your question.

      The NSW solar bonus is due to end on 31st Dec 2016.

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      freshOctober 27, 2016

      With the solar rebate ending what type of options available are there for those coming off the current rebate?

      Is Finder organising a special deal for those large numbers with solar power currently receiving the rebate?

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      ShirleyNovember 10, 2016Staff

      Hi Fresh Mullet,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately the government has not announced any further rebates. finder.com.au is always working hard to get exclusive deals for our users.

      If you would like to discuss your options, you may want to speak to an energy consultant.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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