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**
Alinta Energy Logo

Fair Deal 43

  • 43% pay on time discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $1,093.89Annual Cost** Go To Site
AGL Logo

Essentials Plus

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

Fair Deal 30

  • 30% pay on time discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $1,466.33Annual Cost** Go To Site
AGL Logo

Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

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

Fair Deal 28

  • 28% pay on time discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $2,060.36Annual Cost** Go To Site
AGL Logo

Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

  • No conditional discount
2 YearsBenefit Period $2,161.32Annual Cost** More Details
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 $1,411.57Annual 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 plan with a 30% guaranteed discount off electricity usage charges. However, if you are happy to commit to paying bills on time, the retailer also offers the Fair Deal 43, which increases the discount to 43%, therefore working out the cheapest of the two.

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 43% discount? It’s the Fair Deal 43 from Alinta against the AGL Essentials Plus. 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 Deal 43 43% $1,093.89 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 Alinta Energy is currently cheaper than AGL by a not insignificant margin. While the big discount deals don’t always deliver on the best overall savings, in this case we see the discount live up to expectations. The AGL plan, however, 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 two electricity offers for New South Wales residents, named the Fair Saver 15 and the Fair Deal 30. The first comes with a 15% guaranteed discount off electricity usage charges, while the Fair Deal 30 bumps the discount up to 30% for paying on time. 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 Deal 30 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 Deal 30 30% $1,466.33 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.

Alinta Energy currently comes out as the cheapest of the two retailers in NSW, by a considerably margin in fact. AGL has been very price-competitive in NSW previously, but at the moment Alinta Energy proves 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. However, if you always pay your bills on time it’s worth considering the Fair Deal 28 instead, with a 28% pay on time discount. 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 Deal 28 is up against AGL’s Essentials Plus, which we calculate to be the supplier’s cheapest deal in Adelaide. The below electricity price calculations are based on typical 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 Deal 28 28% $2,060.36 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 Alinta 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 some reasonable prices, but in this case the discount delivers for Alinta. 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. Alinta also makes its Fair Saver 20 available in QLD, with a 20% guaranteed discount if you’re not sure about paying on time. 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 HomeSaver Plus 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% $1,411.57 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 (40%) or pay on time (38%) 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

Alinta is often the cheaper of the two retailers in most states, but it’s still worth looking at other factors in addition to just price. Once again, we should stress that the prices used in this comparison are only indicative and you should use our comparison tool to receive prices that more accurately reflect your circumstance.

When comparing electricity companies, it’s also worth considering factors other than price. For example, AGL customers can collect flybuys points and receive access to AGL’s rewards program. 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. 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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