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 Energy in each state separately. This will include Victoria, NSW, SA and QLD. If you want to get a head start and compare plans in your area straight away, just hop into our electricity comparison tool below.

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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 AGL Energy and Alinta Energy plans on our database for Victoria. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. 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.

NSW – quick comparison

Here are the AGL and Alinta Energy plans on our database for NSW. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. 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.

South Australia – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Alinta Energy plans on our database for South Australia. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. 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.

Queensland – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Alinta Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. 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.

Victoria

Alinta Energy has been in the Victorian electricity and gas markets for years. While it previously offered a variety of plans with big discounts, recent changes to the energy industry have seen it switch to a single, basic deal in Victoria, with no discounts in sight.

  • Home Deal: This is a variable rate plan with no lock-in contracts or exit fees. Moving away from large discounts in the wake of regulatory changes in 2019, Alinta Energy has shifted its focus to competitive electricity rates instead.

AGL, on the other hand, has two market offers available in Victoria, including its flagship ‘Essentials Plus’ and ‘Essentials’ plans.

  • Essentials Saver: Victorian customers who opt for the Essentials Saver plan will have variable rates, not energy prices that are locked in. Customers can earn up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months if they sign up through the website. AGL Rewards can also be accessed through the AGL app.
  • Essentials: The AGL Essential plan has fixed rates for a 12-month benefit period. For signing up online you’ll also receive up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months. This plan allows access to AGL Rewards.

Who is cheapest in Victoria?

In Victoria it’s AGL’s flagship product against Alinta’s new ‘Home Deal’ plan. Which will come out on top when it comes to cheapest annual costs?

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the VDO is $1,420/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
Alinta Energy Home Deal 8% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,221
AGL Essentials Saver 10% Less than VDO No conditional discounts $1,278
Energy Fact Sheets

~Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices will differ between distribution areas. May 2020.

Our results show that Alinta Energy is currently cheaper than AGL in Victoria when comparing the two plans above. This can be attributed due to lower rates that put Home Deal slightly further below the VDO. 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 also has just one electricity market offer for New South Wales residents, named the ‘Home Deal’ plan. Like in Victoria, this represents a shift away from big discounts for Alinta.

  • Home Deal: This product comes with no conditional discounts, but offers customers competitive usage and supply rates. Like with a lot of other plans nowadays, the Home Deal product comes with no lock-in contracts or exit fees.

AGL, however, offers customers two plans to choose from in NSW. Both come with access to AGL Rewards and online sign-up incentives. Read on.

  • Essentials Saver: This variable rate plan gives customers a decent bill credit for signing up online. In addition, customers who sign up online will also get up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months and access to AGL Rewards.
  • Essentials Plus: The Essentials Plus plan comes with fixed rates for 24 months. Customers will also get $20 bill credit every six months for two years. Signing up online could also earn you a further credit off your first bill and up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months.

Who is cheapest in New South Wales?

It’s AGL Essentials Saver versus Alinta Energy’s Home Deal – and although they rhyme, do they have much else in common?

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the Ausgrid network in Sydney. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,467/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Alinta Energy Home Deal 16% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,232
AGL Essentials Saver 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts
$1,276
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*Price assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices differ between distribution areas. May 2020.

Alinta comes out as the cheapest of the two retailers in NSW.  Alinta has consistently been very price-competitive in NSW, although customers may want to take advantage of AGL’s benefits such as flybuys points. To see how AGL and Alinta Energy compare to other NSW electricity retailers, check out our NSW price comparison.

South Australia

In an effort to simplify its offerings, Alinta Energy offers South Australians just one electricity plan, that being the No Fuss product.

  • No Fuss: This plan comes with no lock -in contracts or exit fees. This is a variable rate plan with no conditional discounts, instead offering reasonable usage and supply rates.

AGL has numerous offers once again, but the variable rate Essentials Saver currently works out the cheapest of the lot.

  • Essentials Saver: AGL Essentials Saver gives customers a decent sign-up credit off their first bill, plus access to flybuys points for signing up online.. This plan will also get you access to AGL rewards.
  • Essentials Plus: The Essentials Plus plan is a 24 month fixed rate product that also gives customers bonus credit every six months for that time period. For signing up online, customers could earn up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months and receive a further credit off their first bill. You’ll also get access to AGL Rewards.

Who is cheapest in South Australia?

Once again we’ve got the AGL Essentials Plus going up against Alinta’s sole market offer in SA. Which works out cheapest overall?

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,941/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
AGL Essentials Saver 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,688
Alinta Energy No Fuss 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,766
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices differ between distribution areas. May 2020.

Although both AGL and Alinta are offering similar amounts off the Reference Price, AGL works out to be the cheaper of the two retailers. This price difference could just come down to something as simple as fees, so always remember to check the fine print. See how these retailers compare to other energy companies with our SA price comparison.

Queensland

Alinta Energy came to Queensland in 2017, where it began offering heavily discounted plans to those living in the state. Nowadays, you’ll only find one plan from Alinta, and no discounts in sight.

  • Home Deal: This is a variable rate plan with no conditional discounts, lock-in contract or exit fees. It also has flexible billing and payment options.

Like in the other states, AGL has a handful of products to choose from in Queensland, with both fixed and variable rate offers to consider.

  • Essentials Saver: On the Essentials Saver plan, AGL customers will have variable rates, meaning prices can change at any time. However, signing up online could earn you up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months and a bill credit. All AGL plans provide access to AGL Rewards.
  • Essentials Plus: QLD customers who sign up to the Essentials Plus plan will receive $20 off their bill every six months for two years and up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months for signing up online. Customers may also be eligible for a bill credit when signing up online. This is a 24-month fixed rate plan that provides access to AGL Rewards.

Who is the cheapest in Queensland?

Between the AGL Essentials Saver plan and Alinta Energy’s Home Deal, which is offering Queenslanders better value?

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the Energex network in Brisbane. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,570/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Alinta Energy Home Deal 17% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,297
AGL Essentials Saver 12% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,382
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4600Wh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Energex network in Brisbane, but prices will differ between distribution areas. May 2020.

In Queensland, Alinta comes out on top thanks to its lower base rates. That being said, there are a few value-add benefits that come with being an AGL customer, so you’ll have to weigh up what’s really worth it for you. See how Alinta and AGL compare to other QLD retailers in our QLD price comparison.

Should I sign up to Alinta Energy or AGL?

Whilst you might say that AGL Energy and Alinta Energy both offer similar value in this comparison, right now, Alinta comes out on top more often than AGL. But, when comparing electricity companies, it’s worth considering features like customer incentives and rewards. For example, AGL customers can collect flybuys points, receive access to AGL’s own rewards program, and navigate their account via the AGL app.

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 own rewards program bringing savings on things like shopping, movie tickets and other leisure activities.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours – just keep in mind that there are other electricity providers 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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Original author: Brendon O’Neill

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