What energy providers have the best apps?

Monitoring your electricity and gas usage has never been easier than with an app. But which providers pack the best features?

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Having trouble getting a grip on your energy bill? A bunch of providers have brought energy plans to the 21st century with apps designed to make management easier and costs more obvious.

We've gone through all the apps available from the energy providers in Finder's database to see how good they are. Where possible, we've installed the apps ourselves for first-hand experience.

Our three favourite apps from energy brands

Here are our three favourite apps in terms of features, based on our own review:

BrandWhat do we like about the app?
AGLLive customer service, comprehensive management.
OriginPush notifications when your usage spikes, comprehensive management.
PowershopSuper detailed usage reports, pre-purchase power on your phone.

Always check

Be aware that most apps need a smart meter to reach their full potential. You can ask your provider to tell you if you have one installed.

Which 11 brands offer apps and what do they do?

From our research, here are some brands that offer energy apps:

Is your provider not on this list?

Here's three alternative apps that can help.

Where's 12, 13 and 14?

The next three in this list are actually third party apps which aren't actually made by energy brands.

agl logo

AGL: Get support in real time, no calls required

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA (gas only)

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power + gas)
  • Solar management (comprehensive)
  • Enter meter readings

AGL's app goes above and beyond, offering you the chance to speak live to AGL customer service without closing the app. On top of that, AGL not only lets you see your solar production and exports, but you can also track your solar battery charge and see AGL Virtual Power Plant events that you might benefit from.

amber logo

Amber Electric: Wholesale price insights, but no real management

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power only)
  • Solar management (exports only)
  • Enter meter readings

The Amber Electric app is less for management and more for maximising your wholesale value. You can get a 30-day price history, 12-hour price forecast, custom price notifications for wholesale prices and daily usage insights. You can't really manage your account.

aurora_logo

Aurora Energy: Plan management for 11 cents a day

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: TAS

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power only)
  • Solar management
  • Enter meter readings

While the aurora+ app does have a few useful features, such as decent usage graphs and clearly presented information, it's the only app on the list that isn't free: it adds 11 cents per day to your energy bill. There are also reports that you can't access up-to-the-minute usage info, instead having to wait a day or more to see your consumption.

energy australia logo

EnergyAustralia: Your basic management app

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power only)
  • Solar management (exports only)
  • Enter meter readings

The EnergyAustralia app allows both electricity and gas customers to manage their account and pay their bills online. There are graphs available that let you compare your usage to the previous year, but they're only for electricity.

horizon power logo

Horizon Power: Browse planned outages and easily report faults

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: WA

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power only)
  • Solar management (exports only)
  • Enter meter readings

Horizon Power has some more in-depth graphs than most of the other apps, allowing you to see usage down to the hour plus how much power your appliances have consumed. There's also a unique "outages" tab, where you can check planned power outages, report electrical faults and access Emergency WA announcements for bushfires, cyclones and more.

kogan energy logo

Kogan Energy: Simple but effective

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power only)
  • Solar management
  • Enter meter readings

Following Kogan's general design philosophy, the Kogan mobile app is straightforward to use. Its best feature is the detailed graphs of your power usage, including how much you spent on electricity each day.

mojo power logo

Mojo Power: Everything you need, but a little slow

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, QLD

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power only)
  • Solar management (exports only)
  • Enter meter readings

Mojo Power's app has a friendly layout, letting you access usage graphs down to the hour that show exactly how much you've spent on power, plus projected costs. Beware that the app is quite slow to load up information, making it a little less convenient.

origin logo

Origin Energy: A comprehensive app with great reviews

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power + gas)
  • Solar management (comprehensive)
  • Enter meter readings

As Australia's largest energy company, Origin has an app to match. It lets you track your usage and costs – for solar, power and gas – down to the hour. There's even push notifications if you want to know when a bill has arrived or when your usage spikes.

powerclub logo

Powerclub: Tracks wholesale power prices and that's all

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs
  • Solar management
  • Enter meter readings

The Powerclub Powerwatch app is designed for one purpose: tracking wholesale prices in real time. It doesn't allow for other basic functionality like account management or payment, but it does send you notifications when prices are unusually high.

powershop logo

Powershop: Pre-purchase power and save

Available on: Apple / Android

Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA

  • Account management
  • Online payment
  • Usage graphs (power only)
  • Solar management
    • Enter meter readings

    The Powershop app stands out, with extremely detailed insights into your power usage, including usage/cost graphs and an estimate of future use. You can also pre-purchase several energy packs through the in-app store, saving you from visiting the website.

    simply energy logo

    Simply Energy: A simple app with monthly usage charts

    Available on: Apple / Android

    Get a plan in: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA (gas only)

    • Account management
    • Online payment
    • Usage graphs (power + gas)
    • Solar management (exports only)
    • Enter meter readings

    Simply Energy doesn't go much beyond the basics, with monthly usage charts and limited ability to compare to previous years. You do have the option of applying for payment plans and other financial hardship tools in-app, though, which could be useful.

    Specialty apps

    Lumo Energy Rewards: Rewards for Lumo Energy customers

    Available on: Apple / Android

    The Lumo Energy Rewards app is designed to let South Australian customers claim savings across a range of categories, such as food, entertainment, travel and more.

    Pooled Energy: Monitor the water quality of your pool

    Available on: Apple / Android

    The Pooled Energy app lets you monitor the status of your swimming pool, including real-time water quality readings. You can even run your pool heater, pool sweep or filter pump for a set period of time from your phone.

    Third-party energy management systems

    If you're keen on taking your energy management further, there are apps and devices that can help you track your usage and reduce it. Here are a few examples:

    If you're keen on taking your energy management further, there are apps and devices that can help you track your usage and reduce it. Here are a few examples:

    • Wiser Energy App: This allows you to track your consumption in detail, get estimates for bills and get notifications about household electrical problems.
    • Light Bulb Saver: This helps determine how much energy you could save by switching your light bulbs to more energy-efficient models, plus it provides tips on choosing the right lighting for different rooms.
    • JouleBug: Designed to be a bit more like a game, JouleBug sets carbon-reducing tasks into daily actions. Once you've done the task, for example, turning off the lights or running a cold wash, the app lets you know if you've saved money or reduced your carbon footprint.

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