Compare electricity plans and prices for January 2022 to save on your next bill

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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Is the retailer Australian owned? Customer service rating More details Details
ReAmped Energy
ReAmped Energy
NSW, QLD, SA, ACT
Not available at the moment
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Go to site
More infoView details
Generally cheap power across every state.
Origin
Origin
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, WA
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Go to site
More infoView details
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
Dodo
Dodo
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
NSW, VIC
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Go to site
More infoView details
NSW and VIC residents benefit from bundling Internet with their energy plan.
AGL
AGL
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Go to site
More infoView details
Fixed rates on some plans for the first 12 months.
Energy Australia
Energy Australia
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, SA, ACT
Foreign-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Go to site
More infoView details
Fixed rates and guaranteed discounts for the first 12 months.
Energy Locals
Green Company
Energy Locals
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, TAS
Not available at the moment
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Go to site
More infoView details
Get 100% carbon neutral plans at no extra cost.
OVO Energy
OVO Energy
NSW, QLD, SA
Not available at the moment
Foreign-owned
N/A
N/A
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Go to site
More infoView details
Go carbon neutral and get 10% off on all GreenPower plans.
Sumo
Sumo
NSW, VIC, QLD
NSW, VIC
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Go to site
More infoView details
Bundle electricity, gas, and Internet for potential discounts.
Kogan Energy
Kogan Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
VIC
Partly Australian-owned
N/A
N/A
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Go to site
More infoView details
Offers an app to track your power usage in real time.
Lumo Energy
Lumo Energy
NSW, VIC, SA
VIC
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Get a quote
More infoView details
Australian customer support and rewards for SA customers.
Alinta
Alinta
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA
Foreign-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Get a quote
More infoView details
Australian customer support and loyalty rewards for paying your bill.
Red Energy
Red Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Get a quote
More infoView details
Earn Qantas rewards points every time you pay your bill.
Powershop
Green Company
Powershop
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
VIC
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Get a quote
More infoView details
Awarded by Finder as Australia's Greenest Energy Retailer in 2010 and 2021, you'll get100% carbon neutral energy.
1st Energy
1st Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS
Not available at the moment
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Get a quote
More infoView details
No extra fees for credit card payments.
Momentum Energy
Momentum Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
VIC
Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
More infoView details
Renewable promise-matches each unit of energy with one from a renewable source.
Future X Energy
Future X Energy
NSW, QLD
Not available at the moment
Australian-owned
N/A
N/A
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Get a quote
More infoView details
Power Direct
Power Direct
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
Not available at the moment
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Get a quote
More infoView details
12 months of fixed prices on residential power plans.
ActewAGL
ActewAGL
NSW, ACT
NSW, ACT
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Get a quote
More infoView details
Power & Water
Power & Water
NT
Not available at the moment
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
Get a quote
More infoView details
Tango Energy
Tango Energy
NSW, VIC
VIC
Partly Australian-owned

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
Get a quote
More infoView details
Australian customer support and 12-month fixed rates on most plans.
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A high electricity bill can sometimes be a head scratcher - especially when your power use hasn't really changed. So what's the culprit? It's likely that old electricity plan that you're on, which means it's time to compare. Our electricity comparison service is designed to help you find the latest market offers and more.

The most popular brands below are based on data from an Australian Energy Regulator Annual report (2019-20). Keep in mind that the most popular brand may not always be the best for you, and you're encouraged to compare for yourself to find one that works for you.

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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 $343. For states where we had the most respondents, here were their average bills:

StateAverage quarterly billAnnual bill
New South Wales$361$1,444
Victoria$329$1,316
Queensland$318$1,272
South Australia$395$1,580

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 last checked in January 2022. We will continue to update this data.

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 electricity 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 electricity 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.

Why is electricity so expensive in Australia?

Case study: Maddie's experience

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Maddie Burke
Increasing electricity bills

Graduate Publisher at Finder Maddie Burke realised that she could save $125 per bill, simply by switching plans.

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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.

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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