What is the average AGL electricity bill?

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‘I love paying energy bills,’ said no one ever.

While nobody enjoys forking out cash to keep the lights on, it’s something we all do, at least a few times a year anyway. That’s why it’s helpful to know how much your neighbour pays so you can compare electricity bills. In this article, we break down average bill costs from Australia’s oldest energy provider – AGL.

Not only is AGL steeped in history but it’s also one of the country’s largest retailers, servicing more than 3.7 million homes and businesses all across Australia. With such a vast network of customers, we felt compelled to analyse some of AGL’s bills. Let’s take a look.

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Average AGL Electricity Bills in Australia

The average AGL electricity bill is $374 per quarter or $1,496 a year. The following average AGL bills are taken from our consumer pulse report from mid-2020. The AGL costs reported include households of all sizes and should only be considered as a general guide.

State Average Quarterly AGL Bill
New South Wales $367
Victoria $367
Queensland $355
South Australia $431

Source: Canstar Blue consumer pulse report, June 2020.

As you can see from our survey findings, customers in south east Queensland report the lowest average AGL bills, while South Australia pays the highest. There’s nothing to separate New South Wales and Victoria, both of which have very competitive energy markets.

While it’s great to see what our survey respondents are paying on average with AGL, it’s important to realise that prices can vary considerably when taking other factors into account, such as household sizes, energy consumption needs and which plan you’re connected to. The costs you can expect to pay with AGL are the average bills reported to us by AGL customers, meaning it’s best to use our comparison tool to see latest deals and prices in your area.

What are the cheapest AGL plans?

Canstar Blue has rounded up the AGL energy plans currently available on our database. Please click on your state’s tab to see AGL prices in your area.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for NSW. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for Victoria. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. These costs are based on the Energex energy network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Average AGL Electricity Bills by Household Size

Energy usage plays a huge part in overall power costs, especially when it comes to households with multiple occupants. The following table shows average AGL bills by household size.

Household Income Average Quarterly AGL Bill
1 $339
2 $318
3 $443
4 $438

Source: Canstar Blue consumer pulse report, June 2020.

As you can see from our findings, the higher energy costs tend to be associated with the higher number of people living under one roof. However, it’s important to remember that there are generally more factors that determine power bills, not just the number of residents. For example, a young family of four may use less electricity than a share house of three university students.

Average AGL Electricity Bills by Age Group

We’ve covered household sizes, but what about different age groups? In the table below, we outline the average AGL bill per age bracket to find out who pays the highest and lowest.

Age Group Average Quarterly AGL Bill
18 to 29 years $468
30 to 39 years $406
40 to 49 years $367
50 to 59 years $371
60 to 69 years $352
70 years and over $278

Source: Canstar Blue consumer pulse report, June 2020.

It could be argued that the older you get, the cheaper AGL will be, but this will depend on a variety of circumstances. In this case, however, it could be down to AGL’s Seniors plans that are available in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, or the various rebates and concessions applied to their bills. Other reasons why young Aussies may have more expensive bills could simply be because they consume more power, or that they live in share houses. Conversely, older age groups may have solar or are more conscious of their power usage habits.

What are the cheapest energy deals in my state?

While AGL fairs very well against the average bill costs in each state, there could be cheaper deals on offer. Here are the cheapest energy plans publicly available at the time of publication.

State Cheapest Quarterly Electricity Bill
New South Wales $266
Victoria $276
Queensland $278
South Australia $352

Source: Canstar Blue electricity comparison database, August 2020. Costs are quarterly estimates only and based on residential customers on single rate tariffs in each state. Postcodes used for example, 2040, 3122, 4064, 5033.

How do your power bills compare? If you’re paying more than these costs above, then you could be paying too much for electricity. Just be mindful these prices will vary between suburbs, household sizes and energy usage needs.

How does AGL compare to the average electricity bill?

In terms of averages, AGL is competitively priced, offering electricity plans and rates that suit a variety of customers. By comparing energy bills to the average in your state, you’ll be able to see where your current plan sits, and whether it’s costing you more than you think. You can read more about average electricity bill costs across a broader range of providers, including AGL in our comprehensive report here.

AGL Bill Sample

We’ve taken an AGL bill to give you an idea of what to expect if you’re thinking about switching energy providers. Below is an AGL bill sample for a customer on the Energex network in south east Queensland.

AGL bill sample in Australia

So, is AGL better than average?

If price alone is most important and you no longer want to be average, then AGL can provide a suitable deal. However, when it comes to overall value, AGL tends to hang with the best, offering a load of incentives like solar plans, flybuys points, as well as access to AGL Rewards. Another handy draw-card for AGL is its useful app where customers can pay bills and view historical billing data, among many other features.

With such a renowned name in energy, AGL is a safe choice for many Australians who prefer a provider with a few bells and whistles that many other companies just don’t offer. So long as you identify what’s important to your needs and regularly compare providers on price and value, it’s hard to go wrong. Just make sure you don’t sit still as energy prices change frequently, meaning a better deal could be right around the corner. Take a look below to see how AGL stacks up against the rest.

Compare Electricity Prices

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

 

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