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We crunched the numbers and found that in many states the difference between what Australians are paying and the cheapest plan on the market is in the hundreds per year.

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In one state (NSW) we found a difference of $480 per year between the average electricity bill1 people were paying and the cheapest electricity plan at the time2. That's why it's so important to compare your plan regularly, so that you're not paying more than you have to.

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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 Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
HomeDeal (Single Rate)
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.74/day

General usage rates:
$0.21 to $0.21/kWh

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.
Total Plan Home
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.85/day

General usage rates:
$0.30/kWh

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.
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.75/day

General usage rates:
$0.24/kWh

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.
Shopper Market Offer
Customer service rating
Powershop
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.09/day

General usage rates:
$0.22/kWh

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.
Origin Go
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.71/day

General usage rates:
$0.24/kWh

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.
Kogan Energy Market Offer
Daily supply charge:
$0.97/day

General usage rates:
$0.19/kWh

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.
Sumo Assure Residential
Customer service rating
Sumo
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.89/day

General usage rates:
$0.21/kWh

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.
Daily supply charge:
$0.68/day

General usage rates:
$0.22/kWh

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.
Residential Market
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.98/day

General usage rates:
$0.22/kWh

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.
ReAmped Handshake | Anytime
Customer service rating
ReAmped Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.92/day

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh

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.
Click Default Market Offer (DMO)
Daily supply charge:
$0.99/day

General usage rates:
$0.28/kWh

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.
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Prices last checked on January 2021 and are subject to change. To view more plans, you can use our engine. Please use our engine for a specific comparison in your postcode.

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 Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
No Frills - Peak Only
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.03/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.08/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
Lumo Value
Customer service rating
Lumo Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.03/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
HomeDeal
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.00/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
Origin Go (Single Rate)
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.02/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.19/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
Sumo Assure
Customer service rating
Sumo
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.05/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.22/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
1st Saver Plus, Residential - Anytime
Customer service rating
1st Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.13/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.21/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
Residential Market - Single Rate
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.90/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.21/kWh (01/01-12/31)

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.
Market Offer
Daily supply charge:
$0.96/day (02/14-02/13)

General usage rates:
$0.22/kWh (02/14-02/13)

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.
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Prices last checked on January 2021 and are subject to change. To view more plans, you can use our engine. Please use our engine for a specific comparison in your postcode.

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 Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Total Plan Home
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.86/day

General usage rates:
$0.38/kWh

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.
Shopper Market Offer
Customer service rating
Powershop
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.14/day

General usage rates:
$0.29/kWh

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.
Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.77/day

General usage rates:
$0.33/kWh

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.
Kogan Energy Market Offer
Daily supply charge:
$1.13/day

General usage rates:
$0.25/kWh

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.
ReAmped Advance | Anytime
Customer service rating
ReAmped Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.90/day

General usage rates:
$0.27/kWh

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.
Daily supply charge:
$0.85/day

General usage rates:
$0.29/kWh

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.
Origin Go
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.74/day

General usage rates:
$0.33 to $0.35/kWh

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.
No Fuss (SR)
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.91/day

General usage rates:
$0.33 to $0.37/kWh

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.
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate
Customer service rating
1st Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.86/day

General usage rates:
$0.38 to $0.40/kWh

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.
SA Virtual Power Plant - Anytime
Customer service rating
Energy Locals
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.78/day

General usage rates:
$0.28/kWh

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.
Lumo Plus
Customer service rating
Lumo Energy (SA)
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.91/day

General usage rates:
$0.34 to $0.35/kWh

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.
Residential Market
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.98/day

General usage rates:
$0.36 to $0.37/kWh

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.
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Prices last checked on January 2021 and are subject to change. You can compare plans by price using our engine below. Please use our engine for a specific comparison in your postcode.

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 Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Total Plan Home
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.99/day

General usage rates:
$0.25/kWh

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.
HomeDeal - SR
Customer service rating
Alinta Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.09/day

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh

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.
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.91/day

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh

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.
Origin Go
Customer service rating
Origin Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.93/day

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh

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.
Shopper Market Offer
Customer service rating
Powershop
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.12/day

General usage rates:
$0.21/kWh

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.
Sumo Assure Advantage Residential
Customer service rating
Sumo
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.94/day

General usage rates:
$0.19/kWh

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.
Daily supply charge:
$0.96/day

General usage rates:
$0.19/kWh

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.
Kogan Energy Market Offer
Daily supply charge:
$1.16/day

General usage rates:
$0.17/kWh

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.
ReAmped Advance | Anytime
Customer service rating
ReAmped Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.82/day

General usage rates:
$0.16/kWh

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.
Daily supply charge:
$1.00/day

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh

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.
1st Saver Plus - Single Rate
Customer service rating
1st Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.25/day

General usage rates:
$0.23 to $0.26/kWh

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.
Residential Market
Customer service rating
Dodo Power & Gas
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.10/day

General usage rates:
$0.23/kWh

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.
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Prices last checked on January 2021 and are subject to change. You can specifically compare options for your postcode & view pricing by using our engine above.

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Frequently asked questions

Here's what our users want to know when it comes to comparing electricity.

What is the average cost of electricity in Australia?

1We found that the average quarterly energy bill in Australia to be around $363. For states where we had the most respondents, here were their average bills:

StateAverage quarterly billAnnual bill
New South Wales$386$1,544
Victoria$338$1,352
Queensland$347$1,388
South Australia$405$1,620

1.Average bills per state are based on Finder's Customer Sentiment Tracker. Finder's Consumer Sentiment Tracker takes responses from 16,000 Australians to get an average figure. These numbers were was last checked in August 2020. We will continue to update this data.

How much can you save by comparing with Finder?

Here is the difference between the least expensive plan we compared in our engine and the average bill by state.

StateAverage bill (annual)Cheapest price available on Finder2Potential savings
NSW$1,544$1,064- $480
VIC$1,352$1,240- $112
QLD$1,388$1,112- $276
SA$1,620$1,244-$376

Note: The average bills are based on a range of different household sizes that are captured in our data. Your actual bill may be larger or smaller based on how big your household is and how much electricity your household uses.

2.The cheapest price available on Finder was found by searching our engine for results using the following postcodes: (2000 - Sydney, 3000 - Melbourne, 4000 - Brisbane and 5000 - Adelaide). Prices are subject to change.

Prices are based on the residential who consumes the following amount of energy per year on a single rate tariff: (3,900 kWh for NSW, 4,000 kWh a year for Victoria, 4,600 kWh for Queensland, 4,000 kWh for South Australia).

Why is my electricity bill so expensive?

If your electricity bill has jumped up a lot in recent times, there are a couple of common causes:

Expired discounts

Many energy plans will give you a fixed discount for the first 12 months or so. Once that period has expired, the prices will rise again leading to a sudden spike in your energy bill. Comparing your energy plan and finding one with better rates will go a long way to lowering it again.

More time at home

People spending more time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions has increased residential energy use, according to a report from the ACCC.

Heating and cooling

Since heating and cooling already make up about 40% of your bill, more time at home means more temperature control. This is a common culprit for inflated power bills, and you can find more about how to minimise costs in our heating and cooling guides.

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What does all the jargon on your bill mean?

Pricing features

FeatureWhat it is
Supply rateA supply rate is the amount you are charged per day, regardless of usage.
Usage rateA usage rate is the amount you are charged for energy use.
Prepaid packsPrepaid packs let you pay for energy ahead of time, based on how much energy you expect to use.
Wholesale rates e.g. AmberPurchase energy at the same rate retailers have access to, updated every 30 minutes. Usually involves a membership fee.
Fixed ratesUsage and supply rates are set to a single value for the duration of the benefit period.
Variable ratesUsage and supply rates can change at short notice, raising or, occasionally, lowering.

Contract features

FeatureWhat it is
Exit feeThe amount you pay if you leave a fixed-term contract before it expires.
Disconnection and connection fees when you moveFees charged to have your gas and power connected or disconnected when you move to or from a property.
Disconnection and reconnection fees for non paymentIf you fail to pay your energy bills, your retailer might disconnect your house and charge you an extra fee to reconnect it later.

Discounts and incentives

FeatureWhat it is
Guaranteed DiscountThis is a discount on your usage and/or supply rates that applies no matter what for a set period.
Pay On Time DiscountA discount that applies to your whole bill so long as you're never late with payments.
IncentivesThese are bonus features offered to customers. They could be rewards, extras, frequent flyer points, etc.
Bonus Signup CreditsExtra bill credit offered to new customers signing up to the plan.

Tariff types

FeatureWhat it is
Time of useUsage costs depend on when you use your energy, split up into peak, off-peak, and sometimes shoulder periods.
Single rate tariffsAll energy use is billed at the same usage rate, regardless of time of use.

Solar features

FeatureWhat it is
Feed-in tariffThe rate paid for excess solar energy fed back into the grid. Certain plans will include this feature.
Solar rebateThis a refund that you might be eligible to receive from the government for your solar panels.

Green features

FeatureWhat it is
GreenPowerAn optional extra where a certain percentage of your energy is guaranteed to come from renewable sources.
GreenAwardRates retailers on a number of criteria, including environmental performance, support for clean tech, GreenPower options, and more.

Customer service features

FeatureWhat it is
Customer service ratingA composite score from Finder taking into account call centre hours, ease of access, financial hardship support, and more.
Call centre hours/weekend hoursWhat time of day you can get in touch with the call centre and receive help.
Financial hardship programPrograms in place for people who can't afford to pay their bills or are having cash-flow issues.
Online chatAvailability of online chat services for real-time assistance.
Usage management appApps for tracking your power usage and keeping an eye on solar production.

What's the best electricity brand?

Unfortunately, there is no single best electricity retailer because everyone's power needs are different. As a general guide, we've put together the best providers based on our customer service rating.

According to the results of the survey, the best performing brand is AGL and CovaU, with Origin just behind them by a hair.

Ratings are subject to change. See our full methodology here.

Should you just compare price?

Prices you get from average pattern of energy consumption. Obviously, this is only a general guide and will not match your particular energy requirements. Compare actual usage charges instead.

How do electricity rates work?

Plans have two main rates. First is the supply charge, which you pay daily just to be connected to the power grid. Second is the usage rate, which you pay per kWh of energy you actually consume.

How do electricity discounts work?

There are three main types of discounts:

  1. Guaranteed discounts. These are discounts which you don't have to do anything special to get. However, they'll usually only apply for a certain period of time after signing up with the retailer, so they aren't a forever solution to your power costs.
  2. Conditional discounts/credits. These are, as stated in the name, conditional. That means you will only receive the benefit so long as you meet the conditions, which might not be practical or possible all the time for you or your household. It's better to look for guaranteed discounts that you'll receive no matter what.
  3. Incentives. Incentives are designed to lure you into switching from your current energy provider to another one. They usually take the form of perks (like movie tickets or Qantas Points) and sign-up credits. Since these are one-off things, you're better off choosing the energy plan that will better suit your needs in the long run, though we discuss some of the better incentives available below.

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    vickiOctober 30, 2019

    I am looking for the cheapest electricity supplier in NSW. Can you please tell me what company has the best rates for electricity?

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      JoshuaNovember 7, 2019Staff

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. 😃

      Regarding your question, I’m afraid I can’t tell you specifically which one offers the cheapest rates. Electric companies consider various factors and thus, the rate would depend on your chosen plan, situation, and preference.

      We are currently working on getting pricing to our pages soon.

      In the meantime, you can click on the “Go to site” green button for a provider. From there, you should be able to check out their rates.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    MoiraJune 26, 2017

    I currently have my electricity and gas account with Energy Australia here in Victoria. Despite my usage not really changing and it’s just me, the bills continually rising. Need help.

    I am off today and you can phone today but will return tomorrow. This bill is forever rising.

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      JonathanJune 27, 2017

      Hi Moira!

      We feel your concern about rising utility bills! :(

      All you need to do is to leave off a message to our energy broker, by filling up the form on this page. They will do an assessment which provider will match your personal situation.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    joNovember 4, 2016

    how do i work out the best electricity deals for me?

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      ShirleyNovember 10, 2016Staff

      Hi Jo

      Thanks for your question.

      You can compare electricity deals on the table provided on this page. If you prefer to speak to someone, you can request a call back from an energy consultant using the form above.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    LaurenceSeptember 18, 2016

    Would like to connect to click energy

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      ShirleySeptember 19, 2016Staff

      Hi Laurence,

      Thanks for your question. I’ve emailed you a response privately.

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    KenSeptember 15, 2016

    how do i talk to an energy consultant

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      ShirleySeptember 19, 2016Staff

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve emailed you back privately.

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