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Simply Energy Review

Find out what Simply is and what electricity plans it offers

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Simply Energy

Simply Energy is an electricity and gas retailer that started providing power to South Australia and Victoria in 2005. It now powers over 700,000 customers nationwide and seeks to simplify energy for Australians by encouraging energy efficiency and solar power.

Summary of Simply Energy

Details
  • What's offered?
  • Simply offers electricity plans to residents of SA, NSW, VIC and QLD as well as gas plans for SA, VIC, WA and some of NSW.
  • Pros
  • Get decent incentives and bonuses from members of its partner organisations plus higher than average solar feed-in tariffs.
  • Cons
  • Extra fees when paying your bill by credit card.
Important: Providers may change or remove discounts at any time. Always check the provider's website for what discounts are available.

How much does Simply Energy cost?

The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in NSW who consumes 3,900 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
NSW Simply NRMA +$5013% less$319.97$1,280
NSW Simply NRMA Blue +$5013% less$319.97$1,280
NSW Simply Low Rates13% less$319.97$1,280
NSW Simply Standing Offer7% less$340.64$1,363
NSW Simply Choice +$2513% less$319.97$1,280
NSW Small Office Standing Offer7% less$340.64$1,363

The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Melbourne, Victorian who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the CitiPower network. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
VIC Simply Standing OfferEqual to$333.00$1,332
VIC Simply AFLEqual to$333.00$1,332
VIC Simply Plus $50Equal to$333.00$1,332

Note: For residents outside of South East Queensland, residents don't get to choose their provider as energy is regulated by the Queensland Competition Authority.

Disclaimer: The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Queensland who consumes 4,600 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Energex network. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
QLD Simply Standing Offer6% less$367.22$1,469
QLD Simply Choice +$1006% less$367.22$1,469
QLD Simply Plus $1006% less$367.22$1,469
QLD Simply Movies6% less$367.22$1,469
QLD Simply Plus6% less$367.22$1,469
QLD Small Office Standing Offer6% less$367.22$1,469
QLD Simply RACQ +$1006% less$367.22$1,469

The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in South Australia who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Network. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
SA Simply Low Rates7% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply Plus Low Rates7% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply Standing OfferEqual to$485.06$1,940
SA Simply Choice +$257% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply Choice +Reward7% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply RAA +Reward7% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply RAA +$507% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply VPP Plus Low Rates7% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply VPP Low Rates7% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply RAA VPP +Reward7% less$449.75$1,799
SA Simply RAA VPP +$507% less$449.75$1,799
SA Small Office Standing OfferEqual to$485.06$1,940

Plans offered

Simply Energy offers two residential electricity plans and a standing offer to customers based in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA. It also provides natural gas services to residents of SA, VIC, WA and parts of NSW.

Bundled plans are on offer to residents where both gas and electricity are available. None of the plans have exit fees because there aren't any lock-in contracts.

Energy Electricity

Simply Plus

This plan provides electricity to residents at a certain usage rate. It is available with three tariff structures: single rate, single rate plus controlled load, and time of use. Simply Plus offers competitive feed-in tariffs for solar owners, which vary depending on where you live. Most plans are cheaper than the reference price for the state.

Simply Plus (Partnered plan)

These are a variation on the Simply Plus plan above, where the partner depends on what state you're in (e.g. AFL for QLD, NRMA for NSW). The partner plans have mostly the same features as the basic Plus plans, but usually offer a sign-up benefit related to the partner and may have a slight variation in expected average monthly price.

Standing offer

This is the plan you're on by default if you aren't on any other plan. You'll be charged the usage rates dictated by the reference price for whatever state you're in. There are no special features or discounts associated with this plan.

Gas Gas

Simply Plus

This plan offers natural gas to residents at a variable usage rate. You are charged a certain amount per megajoule (MJ) for the first 20 or so MJs per day, then less for the following MJs. It also includes a "pay on time" discount.

Simply Plus (Partnered plan)

This is the same as the electricity plans, but for gas. There are sign-up benefits for the specified partner plus a potential slight variation in expected monthly price.

Standing offer

This is the plan you're on when you're not on another plan. It provides a variable rate for gas with no special discounts or features.

Does Simply offer solar?

Yes, Simply Energy will install a solar panel system on your house. It can also set up a Virtual Power Plant, where it accesses your solar battery when there's a blackout or high demand to make sure your solar power is put to maximum use.

It also offers feed-in tariffs for excess solar energy that are fairly competitive for the states in which it operates.

How green is Simply?

Simply Energy placed in the bottom half of Australian energy retailers, scoring a 4/10 on the 2018 Green Electricity Guide. Simply Energy performed poorly in terms of how many emissions it creates and has only an average policy for carbon offsets, commitment to renewable energy and a reasonably large investment in fossil fuels.

Does Simply offer incentives on sign up?

For each of its partnered gas and electricity plans, Simply Energy provides vouchers and other incentives if you're part of a club or loyalty program in that state. This could be an AFL store voucher, NRMA welcome credits or other incentives.

While not strictly a sign-up incentive, anyone on a Simply Energy plan has a chance to win one of 10 $500 EFTPOS cards every quarter.

Can I manage my plan from my phone?

Yes, you can. You can manage your plan and check your energy use easily by using the MyAccount app, which will also allow you to register and manage direct debit and e-billing at the same time.


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