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How you can save over $400 per year on energy

1. Use the heater 1 hour less each day – save $46

If you can shave an hour off your heater use each day, lowering it from 4 to 3, you'll save 25% on your heater's energy use over winter. Using our figures from the previous section, that will drop your bill from $183.60 to $137.70, saving you about $46.

2. Raise your aircon's thermostat 2 degrees – save $50.

The lower you set your unit's thermostat, the harder it has to work to cool the air. Raising the target temperature to 22 degrees from 20 degrees can cut 20% off your energy use, and your power bill. Again using our previous figures, that's a drop from $250 to $200, a saving of $50.

3. Switch to a market offer – save $219

Using figures from the ACCC's September 2020 energy report, residential customers on market offers are paying around 17% less than those on standing offers. Over a year, this equates to $219 of savings for people on market offers that consume about 4,000 kWh of energy.

4. Turn off standby appliances – save up to $100

Based upon a report from Australia's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, standby power use can cost the average household around $100 a year. Switching devices like air conditioners, game consoles and printers off at the wall instead of leaving them on in the background, you could cut down your annual energy bill.

What are the actual costs of these factors?

Here's what we found when we crunched the numbers.

WhatAdditional cost to your billDetails
Winter heating$183.60Winter heating cost for a basic panel heater
Aircon in summer$250Summer cooling costs on a 5kW air conditioner at 20 degrees
Not switching providers$219The difference between a "standing offer" and a "market offer" over a year
Standby electricity costsUp to $100Leaving devices on passively, rather than switching them completely off

1. Winter heater use

According to Finder's data, the average basic panel heater uses about 1.7kW of energy per hour. Assuming you use that heater for 4 hours per day for all 90 days of winter, you'll have consumed a total of 612kWh of energy.

To convert that into the annual cost listed in the table, we assume that energy costs $0.30/kWh on average. Of course, that will vary depending on your plan and where you live.

612kWh (total heater energy use) x $0.30/kWh (usage rate) = $183.60 over winter

Some heaters are more or less efficient than others, so it depends on the type of heater you have. Under the same conditions, the average tower heater might cost you $213.60 for the winter, or an oil-filled column heater might drop your bill to $167.40.

2. Summer aircon use

Based on Finder's data, a 5kW rated air conditioner will consume 9.26kWh of electricity per day, if you run it for 4 hours at 20 degrees Celsius. Assuming you're running it every day during 30 degree summer afternoons, that adds up to 833kWh across the season.

If we assume energy costs $0.30/kWh, your total bill will then be what we see in the table:

833kWh (total aircon energy use) x $0.30kWh (usage rate) = $250 for summer.

3. Not switching providers

"Standing offers" are the default energy plan you get put on if you don't purchase a specific energy plan, where you'll pay a government-regulated rate for your energy. "Market offers" are plans that you buy from a retailer like Origin Energy or AGL, which are usually cheaper than standing offers.

How much cheaper? A 2020 energy market report by the ACCC stated that the median price paid on market offers was 5.5c/kWh (17%) lower than on standing offers for residential customers. This is a saving of $219/year for the average residential customer.

The median effective price paid by residential market offer customers across the four regions was 5.5 c/kWh or around 17 per cent lower than residential standing offer customers, and 10.7 c/kWh or around 25 per cent lower in the case of SME customers (figure 2.1). This equals savings of $219 a year for a residential customer using 3,988 kWh from the grid.

4. Standby electricity costs

Even when you're not actively using your appliances, they might be consuming power. Leaving something on standby rather than unplugging it or turning it properly off can use a considerable amount of power.

Devices can be in passive standby (off, but able to be activated by a remote control), or active standby (switched on, but not in use). Here's an example of standby power use for a handful of common appliances:

ApplianceHourly standby power use (passive)Hourly standby power use (active)
Game console5.4W44.9W
Television (LCD)3.5WN/A
Laser printerN/A8.8W
Set-top entertainment box15.8WN/A
Total yearly energy use on standby216kWh470kWh
Cost (Annual)$64.80$141

Assuming you leave these appliances on standby all year and power costs 30c/kWh, just these few add up to $64.80 on passive standby, or $141 on active standby.

Apart from turning devices off, you can also invest in appliances with a higher energy star rating and efficiency to lower their power consumption.

Key factors that affect your energy bill

The first step to managing your energy bill is to understand where the costs are coming from, so you can start working to reduce them. Here are some of the main factors that affect your bill:

  • Your home's design. How big it is and what features it has (gas or electric heating, central heating, etc.) will affect your energy consumption.
  • Energy efficiency of devices. Appliances can be power-hungry beasts, depending on what you have.
  • Your lifestyle. The times that you're home as well as what appliances you use and when can have a big effect on your energy bill.
  • Energy provider. Your choice of energy retailer and the contract you sign affect how much you pay.

The Finder app can send energy savings tips straight to your phone


CASE STUDY: Maddie's Energy Bill

Maddie was paying a bit too much for energy...Maddie Burke

$500 a year too much...

Madeleine Burke had been with the same provider for the last 6 years.

And while she was paying a good price at first, her bills suddenly "ballooned up by around 40%" a few years ago.

And with this year's COVID-19 restrictions forcing Maddie to spend more time at home, her rising bill was no longer something she could ignore.

Sound familiar?

A lot of plans have what is called a 'benefit period'.

This means you get a discount for a certain period of time (usually 12 months), after which the price suddenly changes and has you scratching your head like Maddie was.

So back to the $500.

That's how much Maddie was able to save per year once she compared & switched to a cheaper plan.

Her original bill was $564 over 90 days.

The price on a new plan that she was able to find by comparing on Finder was $439.

$564 - $439 = $125 savings per bill.

In a year that's $500.

QuarterlyAnnual
Original bill$564$2,256
Estimated bill from new provider$439$1,756
Estimated savings$125$500

And the best part?

It only took her a few minutes to sign up and make the switch. Then it was completely hands off as her new provider handled everything.

How does your electric bill work?

The number you see printed on your electricity bill is actually composed of a few different costs added together. There are three contributors:

  • Supply charges. These are the daily fees you pay for being hooked up to the grid, regardless of whether you're using any power. Your consumption doesn't affect these.
  • Usage charges. These are a direct result of how and when you consume electricity. Your choice of retailer and the contract you sign will determine how these operate at different times of the day and week.
  • Network costs. These are the costs distributed among all consumers to pay for upgrading and maintaining new and existing power infrastructure.

Changes that you make to your own energy consumption will only affect variable rates. However, if households as a whole were to use less energy, network costs would drop since there would be less need for upgrades to support higher peak demand.

Do these charges stay the same?

Your bill could get more expensive over time. This means your rates have either gone up or they weren't that great to begin with. It's a good idea to compare often and consider making a switch.

How much can you save by switching?

Implementing just a few energy-saving measures can save a family hundreds of dollars off their bills each year. For example, switching off a games console when not in use could save up to $1931 a year, while installing a super-efficient showerhead could not only save $3151 in water bills but a bunch of electricity too by not having to heat excess water. Small changes add up.

1. https://www.energy.gov.au

Three steps to save

So how can you save? Here are three steps to starting your energy saving journey.

  • Research. Understand what's driving up the price of electricity, and how your house and lifestyle affect your own bill. This guide can help with your research.
  • Investigate and organise. Investigate your household's energy use to understand the biggest contributors to your electricity bill. Search around your house to find energy "hotspots" — devices that are consuming large amounts of power.
  • Compare. Make sure to shop between different electricity and gas providers in your area for the best deal. Sign a contract with a variable rate that suits your lifestyle and power-usage patterns. Consider whether installing smart meters on some appliances would help or whether you should purchase more energy-efficient devices than you have now.

Standing offers vs Market offers

How to negotiate a better energy contract

You often don't need to settle for what the energy company is offering; there are ways to negotiate a better energy contract.

5 steps to help you negotiate

Here's some tips to ensure you get a good deal:

  • Shop around. Searching online is a great way to develop a good understanding of the market. That way, you can easily compare energy provider prices side by side and you know you're not paying more than you should.
  • Pay attention to the fine print. Look out for details on pricing and offers like pay on time discounts. Also keep an eye out for clauses like a 'take-or-pay' clause. This means you'll still have to pay even if you use less than the minimum amount of energy.
  • Contract period. The best contract period depends on the market. For instance, if current prices are more expensive than future prices, then a shorter contract makes more sense. Alternatively, a longer contract could help you save if you will struggle to buy cheaper energy in the future.
  • Know how much data you use. If you can give the energy provider at least 12 months of information on your energy usage for each half-hour period, they are unlikely to charge you a premium. You should be able to get this data from your current energy supplier.
  • Plan ahead. It's good to know whether you will make any major changes in the future. Whether you plan to move house or expand your business, a longer contract is probably only worth it if you have a good idea of what lies ahead.

How to switch energy providers

As long as you don't live in Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Western Australia or outside of south-east Queensland, you will have a choice of energy retailers. Even if you can't pick between providers, you'll have a choice of contracts with different types of rates.

You can use Finder's online energy comparison tool to help you find the providers and plans best suited for you, wherever you live. Remember to be careful when choosing a contract — if it doesn't match your lifestyle and needs, you could end up paying more than you would otherwise.

Finally, you can shorten your billing cycle to pay monthly. This won't drive down costs, but it can help you avoid large tri-monthly shock bills and help you budget more effectively.

Managing your energy use

Once you have a basic picture of your energy consumption, including when and how you use the most energy, you can go deeper into managing it:

  • Compare patterns of use. Using your energy bills, figure out how your energy consumption has changed with the seasons and how your energy use this year compares to the last. If you're using more than you used to, or use more in summer or winter, figure out why.
  • Consider time of use. Do you stay at home during the day and go out at night? Are you part of a family that arrives home together and switches everything from the computer to the lights on? Knowing this should help you pick the right type of energy contract. Additionally, switching appliance use to off-peak periods (like running your wash late at night) can help lower costs.
  • Find energy hotspots. Usually, the biggest guzzlers of power in your house will be heating and cooling, followed by standby power, lighting and cooking. Make sure the appliances you use to heat and cool your house are installed correctly and well-maintained, and see if you can get them to run more efficiently with small changes.
  • Use energy-efficient appliances. Appliances make up about 30% of electricity bills. Cheaper appliances may cost you more in the long run with the energy they chew through. Don't buy big appliances with features you won't use, and go for ones with the highest energy star rating. Finally, make sure you install and maintain them properly — don't place your fridge next to a hot oven, for example.
  • Take simple action. There are many little things you can do to save. If you get cold in winter, you may want to invest in thicker sheets instead of turning on a heater or buy a more efficient heater if possible. Blocking holes in your house can also save on heating costs.

Quickly compare rates from Australia energy providers

Here are some deals from retailers on our database that include either a link to the retailers website for more information or to a form from an energy broker to enquire for more information. Prices are based on a residential customer in NSW (Postcode: 2000) who consumes 3,900 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying.

Based on the AER annual model usage in the Ausgrid network, the AER reference price is $1,462 / year.

Electricity charges may have changed in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT, and TAS on 1 January 2021 and could also change on 1st February. Our pricing and estimates below may not take these possible changes into account.
Please confirm plan details with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Features Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Description Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
HomeDeal (Single Rate)
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

25% less

than the reference price

$275

Includes GST
With HomeDeal (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,100 which is 25% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With HomeDeal (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,100 which is 25% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Total Plan Home
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

16% less

than the reference price

$307

Includes GST
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,228 which is 16% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,228 which is 16% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

18% less

than the reference price

$299

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,196 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,196 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Shopper Market Offer
Customer service rating
Powershop
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

15% less

than the reference price

Further 5% off the reference price for Pre-payment.
$294

Includes GST and conditional discounts
Shopper Market Offer is 15% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,176 (a further 5% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Shopper Market Offer is 15% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,176 (a further 5% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Go
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

18% less

than the reference price

$300

Includes GST
With Origin Go, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,200 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Origin Go, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,200 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Kogan Energy Market Offer
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

26% less

than the reference price

$272

Includes GST
With Kogan Energy Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,088 which is 26% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Kogan Energy Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,088 which is 26% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Sumo Assure Residential
Customer service rating
Sumo
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

22% less

than the reference price

$284

Includes GST
With Sumo Assure Residential, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,136 which is 22% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Sumo Assure Residential, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,136 which is 22% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower

24% less

than the reference price

$278

Includes GST
With The One Plan, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,112 which is 24% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With The One Plan, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,112 which is 24% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Market
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

18% less

than the reference price

$301

Includes GST
With Residential Market, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,204 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Market, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,204 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
ReAmped Handshake | Anytime
Customer service rating
ReAmped Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

23% less

than the reference price

$283

Includes GST
With ReAmped Handshake | Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,132 which is 23% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With ReAmped Handshake | Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,132 which is 23% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Click Default Market Offer (DMO)
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

Equal to

the reference price

$365

Includes GST
With Click Default Market Offer (DMO), for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,460 which is Equal to the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Click Default Market Offer (DMO), for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,460 which is Equal to the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Here are some deals from retailers on our database that include either a link to the retailers website for more information or to a form from an energy broker to enquire for more information. Prices are based on a residential customer in Melbourne, Victoria (Postcode: 3000) who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the CitiPower network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying.

Based on the general usage in the CitiPower network the VDO reference price is $1,270 / year.

Electricity charges may have changed in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT, and TAS on 1 January 2021 and could also change on 1st February. Our pricing and estimates below may not take these possible changes into account.
Please confirm plan details with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Features Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Description Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
No Frills - Peak Only
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Has discount
GreenPower

8% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$292

Includes GST
With No Frills - Peak Only, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,168 which is 8% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With No Frills - Peak Only, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,168 which is 8% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Has discount
GreenPower

5% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$301

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,204 which is 5% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,204 which is 5% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Lumo Value
Customer service rating
Lumo Energy
Customer service rating
O
GreenPower

9% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$290

Includes GST
With Lumo Value, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,160 which is 9% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Lumo Value, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,160 which is 9% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
HomeDeal
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
No lock-in
GreenPower

10% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$286

Includes GST
With HomeDeal, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,144 which is 10% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With HomeDeal, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,144 which is 10% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Go (Single Rate)
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
No lock-in
GreenPower

10% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$287

Includes GST
With Origin Go (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,148 which is 10% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Origin Go (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,148 which is 10% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Sumo Assure
Customer service rating
Sumo
Customer service rating
No lock-in
GreenPower

1% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$315

Includes GST
With Sumo Assure, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,260 which is 1% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Sumo Assure, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,260 which is 1% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
1st Saver Plus, Residential - Anytime
Customer service rating
1st Energy
Customer service rating
No lock-in
GreenPower

Equal to

Victorian Default Offer

Further 3% off VDO if you always pay on time.
$307

Includes GST and conditional discounts
1st Saver Plus, Residential - Anytime is Equal to the Victorian Default Offer for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,228 (a further 3% below the Victorian Default Offer). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
1st Saver Plus, Residential - Anytime is Equal to the Victorian Default Offer for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,228 (a further 3% below the Victorian Default Offer). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Market - Single Rate
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
No lock-in
GreenPower

7% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$294

Includes GST
With Residential Market - Single Rate, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,176 which is 7% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Market - Single Rate, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,176 which is 7% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Market Offer
No lock-in
GreenPower

2% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$310

Includes GST
With Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,240 which is 2% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,240 which is 2% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Here are some deals from retailers on our database that include either a link to the retailers website for more information or to a form from an energy broker to enquire for more information. Prices are based on a residential customer in Brisbane (Postcode: 4000) who consumes 4,600 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Energex network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying.

Based on the AER annual model usage in the Energex network, the AER reference price is $1,508 / year.

Electricity charges may have changed in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT, and TAS on 1 January 2021 and could also change on 1st February. Our pricing and estimates below may not take these possible changes into account.
Please confirm plan details with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Features Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Description Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Total Plan Home
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

14% less

than the reference price

$324

Includes GST
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,296 which is 14% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,296 which is 14% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
HomeDeal - SR
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower

14% less

than the reference price

$324

Includes GST
With HomeDeal - SR, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,296 which is 14% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With HomeDeal - SR, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,296 which is 14% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

17% less

than the reference price

$313

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,252 which is 17% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,252 which is 17% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Go
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

17% less

than the reference price

$313

Includes GST
With Origin Go, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,252 which is 17% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Origin Go, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,252 which is 17% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Shopper Market Offer
Customer service rating
Powershop
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

9% less

than the reference price

Further 5% off the reference price for Pre-payment.
$321

Includes GST and conditional discounts
Shopper Market Offer is 9% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,284 (a further 5% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Shopper Market Offer is 9% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,284 (a further 5% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

15% less

than the reference price

$320

Includes GST
With Click Flora, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,280 which is 15% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Click Flora, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,280 which is 15% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Sumo Assure Advantage Residential
Customer service rating
Sumo
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

20% less

than the reference price

$300

Includes GST
With Sumo Assure Advantage Residential, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,200 which is 20% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Sumo Assure Advantage Residential, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,200 which is 20% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

18% less

than the reference price

$308

Includes GST
With The One Plan, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,232 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With The One Plan, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,232 which is 18% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Kogan Energy Market Offer
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

20% less

than the reference price

$301

Includes GST
With Kogan Energy Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,204 which is 20% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Kogan Energy Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,204 which is 20% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
ReAmped Advance | Anytime
Customer service rating
ReAmped Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

30% less

than the reference price

$265

Includes GST
With ReAmped Advance | Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,060 which is 30% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With ReAmped Advance | Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,060 which is 30% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate
Customer service rating
1st Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

3% less

than the reference price

Further 10% off the reference price if you always pay on time.
$330

Includes GST and conditional discounts
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate is 3% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,320 (a further 10% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate is 3% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,320 (a further 10% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Market
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

4% less

than the reference price

$363

Includes GST
With Residential Market, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,452 which is 4% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Market, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,452 which is 4% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Here are some deals from retailers on our database that include either a link to the retailers website for more information or to a form from an energy broker to enquire for more information. Prices are based on a residential customer in Adelaide, South Australia (Postcode: 5000) who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying.

Based on the AER annual model usage in the SA Power Networks network, the AER reference price is $1,832 / year.

Electricity charges may have changed in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT, and TAS on 1 January 2021 and could also change on 1st February. Our pricing and estimates below may not take these possible changes into account.
Please confirm plan details with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Features Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Description Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Total Plan Home
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

12% less

than the reference price

$403

Includes GST
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,612 which is 12% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,612 which is 12% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Shopper Market Offer
Customer service rating
Powershop
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

13% less

than the reference price

Further 5% off the reference price for Pre-payment.
$374

Includes GST and conditional discounts
Shopper Market Offer is 13% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,496 (a further 5% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Shopper Market Offer is 13% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,496 (a further 5% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

13% less

than the reference price

$398

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,592 which is 13% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,592 which is 13% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Kogan Energy Market Offer
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

22% less

than the reference price

$356

Includes GST
With Kogan Energy Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,424 which is 22% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Kogan Energy Market Offer, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,424 which is 22% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
ReAmped Advance | Anytime
Customer service rating
ReAmped Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

24% less

than the reference price

$350

Includes GST
With ReAmped Advance | Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,400 which is 24% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With ReAmped Advance | Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,400 which is 24% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

21% less

than the reference price

$364

Includes GST
With The One Plan, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,456 which is 21% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With The One Plan, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,456 which is 21% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Go
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

14% less

than the reference price

$394

Includes GST
With Origin Go, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,576 which is 14% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Origin Go, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,576 which is 14% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
No Fuss (SR)
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

4% less

than the reference price

$441

Includes GST
With No Fuss (SR), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,764 which is 4% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With No Fuss (SR), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,764 which is 4% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate
Customer service rating
1st Energy
Customer service rating
No exit fee
Has discount
GreenPower
Solar payback available

4% less

than the reference price

Further 10% off the reference price if you always pay on time.
$393

Includes GST and conditional discounts
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate is 4% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,572 (a further 10% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate is 4% less than the reference price for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $1,572 (a further 10% below the reference price). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
SA Virtual Power Plant - Anytime
Customer service rating
Energy Locals
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower

22% less

than the reference price

$356

Includes GST
With SA Virtual Power Plant - Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,424 which is 22% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With SA Virtual Power Plant - Anytime, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,424 which is 22% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Lumo Plus
Customer service rating
Lumo Energy (SA)
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

8% less

than the reference price

$423

Includes GST
With Lumo Plus, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,692 which is 8% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Lumo Plus, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,692 which is 8% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Residential Market
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
No exit fee
No lock-in
GreenPower
Solar payback available

3% less

than the reference price

$445

Includes GST
With Residential Market, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,780 which is 3% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Market, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,780 which is 3% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Beware of standby power

Standby power is the electricity that's consumed by your appliances that aren't being used or when they are on 'standby'.

How badly does standby power impact energy use?

Standby power accounts for as much as 10% of overall household electricity usage and while most appliances only draw a small amount of energy on standby, the costs add up. Your digital home appliances alone could be costing you as much as $171.27 a year. Luckily, reducing your bill is as easy as flicking a switch.

Bonus tip: What do I turn off?

Embrace off-peak power

Power's most expensive when everyone else is using it, usually from 7am-10pm daily. Here are two ways to profit off consuming power when no one else is:

  • Off-peak water heater. Since heating water consumes about 25% of a household's electricity, installing a system which only heats water during off-peak periods and then stores it for use can really cut your bills. Check if this is available with your retailer and water heater.
  • Time-of-use plans. This type of energy tariff charges you less for energy during off-peak periods. So long as you have a smart meter involved and your household consumption patterns support it, this might help you save.

How to save energy in different areas of your life

Save energy around the home

  • Insulate everywhere
  • Update your light globes
  • Use fans instead of air conditioning
Woman walking on sunny modern, luxury home showcase bedroom balcony with ocean view

Save energy in the kitchen

  • Microwaves use less energy than your oven
  • Cook food with a lid on for faster cooking
  • Keep the oven door shut as much as possible
kitchen

Save energy in the bathroom

  • Short showers over baths
  • Fix the dripping taps
  • Insulate copper pipes
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Save energy in the laundry

  • Use the cold wash
  • Get a front loader washing machine
  • Hang your washing on a clothesline instead of the dryer
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Save energy outdoors

  • Solar power is your friend
  • Motion sensors for outdoor lights
  • use timers for pool filters

How much does a pool cost to run each year?

Kids in an inflatable pool

Save energy with your PC

  • Adjust the screen's brightness
  • Get a powerboard that powers off accessories when your PC is off
  • Shut down at the end of the day
Computer on desk

Save energy at work

  • Your office culture will play a big part in saving energy at work
  • Laptops are more energy efficient than desktops
  • Make sure you switch off the lights at the end of the day
Commercial office

Smarter energy usage during COVID-19

Aside from making sure you're on a better value plan, there are a few things you can do to ensure you save on energy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are on a "time of use plan" – as in, your provider charges you more during peak periods and less during off-peak periods – plan your energy use around this.

For example, do your washing early in the morning or late at night (off-peak) if possible, or at the very least, avoid doing it during the evening.

As an example, here are the off-peak hours for customers in the Ausgrid region (winter):

PeriodTime Rates
Peak period5pm to 9pmMost expensive
Shoulder period7am to 5pmIn between
Off-peak period9pm to 7amLeast expensive

Additional tips

  • Find your energy hotspots. Can you limit your biggest power drainers? Check your heating and cooling appliances, as they usually use the most power.
  • Use energy-efficient appliances. If you can afford the upfront cost, consider installing more energy-efficient appliances so that you save more in the long run.

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Important notes: The estimated price we show by default is based on a single rate tariff. On your bill this might be known as a 'peak tariff', 'peak only' or an 'anytime tariff'. There are other tariff types available to customers and you may need to contact your provider if you are on these tariffs:

  • Single rate with a controlled load
  • Time of use
  • Time of use with a controlled load

The price estimate should not be used as an official quote, but an indication of what your costs may be on the plan. It varies based on whether you provide us with your bill details. You can learn more here.

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