AGL vs Alinta Energy: Electricity Cost Comparison

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AGL is one of Australia’s oldest and largest electricity and natural gas retailers. Along with Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia, AGL is one of the ‘big three’ power companies across the country, with a combined market share of nearly 75%. But the dominance of these energy giants has waned in recent years as more Australians now understand their options and realise the value of comparing deals. One retailer making waves – and challenging the dominance of the big three – is Alinta Energy.

Although AGL and Alinta Energy both offer similar products across each of the states they operate in, their rates, conditions and discounts may vary markedly. For this reason, our comparison will compare AGL and Alinta in each state separately. This will include Victoria, NSW, SA, QLD and WA. If you want to get a head start and compare plans in your area straight away, just hop into our electricity comparison tool.

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AGL vs Alinta Energy – Cheapest Deals

Here are the current cheapest published deals on our database for AGL and Alinta Energy across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, with any conditional discounts factored in.

Victoria – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for AGL and Alinta Energy on our database for Victoria. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
AGL Logo

Essentials Plus

  • No conditional discount
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,194.94Annual Cost** More Details
Alinta Energy Logo

Fair Saver 30

  • 30% guaranteed discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $1,233.18Annual Cost** Go To Site
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NSW – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for AGL and Alinta Energy on our database for NSW. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

  • No conditional discount
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,536.61Annual Cost** More Details
Alinta Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Fair Saver 15

  • 15% guaranteed discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $1,739.07Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

South Australia – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for AGL and Alinta Energy on our database for SA. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

  • No conditional discount
2 YearsBenefit Period $2,161.32Annual Cost** More Details
Alinta Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Fair Saver 17

  • 17% guaranteed discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $2,365.55Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Queensland – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for AGL and Alinta Energy on our database for QLD. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Energex network in Brisbane, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Alinta Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

HomeSaver Plus

  • 28% pay on time discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $1,411.50Annual Cost** Go To Site
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

  • No conditional discount
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,441.08Annual Cost** More Details
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Victoria

Alinta Energy has been in the Victorian electricity and gas markets for years, currently offering customers the ‘Fair Saver 30’ – a variable rate contract with a 30% guaranteed discount off electricity usage charges. Unlike in some states, Alinta currently only has the one market offer in Victoria, but customers who sign up to the Fair Saver 30 can also get a 20% discount off gas usage charges for two years if they choose to double up with the retailer.

AGL, on the other hand, has several products available, including its flagship Essentials Plus plan that promises low rates and no conditional discount, as well as plans that do provide some discounts. The Essentials plan freezes your rates for up to two years, protecting you from rising electricity prices.

Who is cheapest in Victoria?

AGL may have more electricity options, but are any of them a match for Alinta Energy and its monstrous 30% discount? After crunching all the numbers, we’ve found that Essentials is currently the cheapest electricity product that AGL offers. The below figures assume the average power usage of a three person household on the Citipower electricity network in Victoria. These prices are indicative only and you should use our energy comparison tool to get a more accurate result for your circumstance.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost Benefit Period
Alinta Energy Fair Saver 30 30% $1,233.18 1 year
AGL Essentials Plus 0% $1,194.94 2 years

Prices based on average energy usage figures from AER for three person household on the Citipower network in Melbourne.

Our results show that AGL is currently cheaper than Alinta Energy by a not insignificant margin. So there is an important message here about not just assuming that the big discount plan is going to work out cheaper overall. The AGL plan also comes with fixed rates which could prove beneficial. See how these retailers stack up to the rest of the competition in Canstar Blue’s electricity price comparison for Victoria.

New South Wales

Alinta Energy has just one electricity offer for New South Wales residents, named the Fair Saver 15. This deal comes with 15% guaranteed discount off electricity usage charges. This is a no lock-in contract with no exit fees applied, with a 12 month benefit period. In the other corner is AGL, this time offering various electricity products, including its big discount plans and no discount Essentials Plus deal.

Who is cheapest in New South Wales?

According to our calculations, Essentials Plus is AGL’s cheapest plan. So how does this compare to Alinta’s Fair Saver 15 offer? Once again we will compare electricity prices across the two companies for a standard three person household on the Ausgrid network. For specific results where you live, use our price comparison tool above.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost Important
Alinta Energy Fair Saver 15 15% $1,739.07 Basic Plan Information
AGL Essentials Plus 0% $1,536.61 Basic Plan Information

Prices based on average energy usage figures from AER for three person household on the Ausgrid network in Sydney.

AGL currently comes out as the cheapest of the two retailers in NSW, by a considerably margin in fact. Alinta has been very price-competitive in NSW previously, but at the moment AGL is the cheapest of the two. To see how AGL and Alinta compare to other NSW electricity retailers, check out our NSW price comparison.

South Australia

Alinta Energy offers South Australians a 17% guaranteed discount off their electricity usage charges with its Fair Saver 17 product, valid for 12 months. AGL has numerous offers once again, but the fixed rate Essentials Plus currently works out the cheapest of the lot.

Who is cheapest in South Australia?

Alinta’s Fair Saver 17 is up against AGL’s Essentials, which we calculate to be the supplier’s cheapest deal in Adelaide. The below electricity price calculations use the standard usage figures for a three person household on the SA Power Network. Be sure to use our comparison tool for a specific quote in your area.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost* Important
Alinta Energy Fair Saver 17 17% $2,365.55 Basic Plan Information
AGL Essentials Plus 0% $2,161.32 Basic Plan Information

Prices based on average energy usage figures from AER for three person household on the SA Power network in Adelaide.

Once again AGL works out to be the cheaper of the two retailers, and there is quite a bit in it. Despite having no discount, AGL’s competitive electricity usage rates result in the lowest prices of the two plans. So this provides a valuable lesson that sometimes the big discounts don’t bring the big savings they might suggest. See how these retailers compare to other energy companies with our SA price comparison.

Queensland

Alinta Energy came to Queensland in 2017, bringing with it the HomeSaver Plus – a one-year contract that includes a 28% pay on time discount off energy usage charges. Like in the other states, AGL has a handful of products to choose from in Queensland.

Who is the cheapest in Queensland?

Once again AGL’s Essentials Plus is the cheapest product from this supplier in Queensland, so we’ve calculated how this compares with Alinta Energy’s offer, assuming the average usage for a three person household in Brisbane. Once again, use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your suburb.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost* Important
Alinta Energy HomeSaver Plus 28% $1,411.50 Basic Plan Information
AGL Essentials Plus 0% $1,441.08 Basic Plan Information

Prices based on average energy usage figures from AER for three person household on the Energex network in Brisbane.

Alinta Energy works out to be cheaper, but there’s almost nothing in it. If you’re uncomfortable with the big discount, however, AGL is very competitive without you having to comply with any conditions. Meanwhile Alinta also offers a second product in Queensland with a smaller but guaranteed discount. See how Alinta and AGL compare to other QLD retailers in our QLD price comparison.

Western Australia

Neither Alinta nor AGL sell electricity to Western Australian residents due to state government regulation. They do, however, sell natural gas.

Alinta Energy natural gas customers have three options: Fair Go 25, Fair Go 30 and Fair Go 35. The first option has a 25% direct debit discount on usage charges for three years, the second has a 30% discount for two years, and the third has a 35% discount for one year. In 2017, AGL entered the WA Gas market with three deals – the Set and Forget, Savers and AGL Fixed Rate. The Set and Forget and Savers operate similarly to other states, providing a direct debit or pay on time discount off usage charges respectively. The Fixed Rate deal freezes your gas rates for two years, protecting you from the rising costs of natural gas.

Conclusion

AGL is often the cheaper of the two retailers in SA and NSW, according to our calculations. However, Alinta is typically at its most competitive in Victoria and Queensland. Once again, we should stress that the prices used in this comparison are only indicative and you should use our price comparison tool to receive prices that more accurately reflect your circumstance.

When comparing electricity companies, it is also worth considering factors other than price. For example, AGL customers can collect flybuys points and receive access to AGL’s Rewards Programs. Meanwhile, Alinta Energy has been recognised for its outstanding customer service, winning Canstar Blue’s latest award for most satisfied customers in Queensland, while also performing well in other states. It has also recently launched its only rewards program bringing savings on things like shopping, movie tickets and other leisure activities.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. In most states, the choice between AGL and Alinta comes down to whether you are happy paying your bills on time to receive the best savings. If that sounds fine to you, Alinta is often the cheapest bet. But if you would prefer to avoid the potential pitfall of missing out on the discount and paying heaps more, AGL may be the way to go. There are of course plenty of other options out there, so be sure to check out Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction ratings and price comparison tool to find the best retailer for you.

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