AGL vs EnergyAustralia: Electricity Cost Comparison

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For years the Australian electricity market was dominated by just two major providers, Origin Energy and AGL. Only in the past decade have we seen new retailers emerge and slowly chip away at their market share, but one retailer in particular has asserted itself as the third major player – that’s EnergyAustralia.

AGL and EnergyAustralia battle it out across the four major states, with both using their size to offer competitive value. So which retailer is cheapest where you live – the incumbent or the challenger? In this report, we compare the two companies and how much their plans might cost you across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

AGL vs EnergyAustralia – Cheapest Deals

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

Victoria – quick comparison

Here are the AGL and EnergyAustralia 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. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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 EnergyAustralia 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. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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 and EnergyAustralia plans on our database for SE QLD. 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. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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 and EnergyAustralia 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. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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.

What plans do AGL and EnergyAustralia offer?

AGL and EnergyAustralia both offer multiple plans to residents with varying rates and discounts depending on your electricity distributor. EnergyAustralia’s plans include the Total Plan, No Frills and Basic Home plans. The first two are fixed rate contracts, meaning energy charges are set for 12 months, while the third is a variable rate plan with no discounts. AGL has two market offers in each state it serves, one with fixed rates and the other with variable rates.

AGL Plans

  • Essentials Saver: In SA, the Essentials Saver is a variable rate plan with no confusing discounts. There are no exit fees and customers have access to AGL’s rewards program.
  • Essentials: This product is similar to the Essentials Saver plan above, but comes with locked in usage and supply rates for 12 months. Customers also have access to AGL Rewards. This deal is only available in SA.
  • Essentials Plus: This plan features rates that are locked in for two years with an ongoing bill credit applied every quarter during this period. Essentials Plus is available in NSW, VIC and QLD.
  • Basics: Exclusive to NSW, VIC and QLD, Basics is a variable rate plan that also features an ongoing bill credit for one year.

EnergyAustralia Plans

  • Total Plan: This is a fixed rate plan with a one-year benefit period that gives customers a modest discount off usage and supply charges.
  • No Frills: Stepping away from discounts, this plan also has fixed rates for 12 months, however customers must sign up for direct debit and email correspondence. Like all three EnergyAustralia plans in Victoria, they have no exit fees, which is great for those looking to shop around once the 12 month benefit period has lapsed.
  • Basic Home: This is a variable rate plan with an ongoing benefit period. It has no exit fees or late payment fees, making it a decent option for the ‘set and forget’ type of customer.

Who’s cheapest in Victoria; AGL or EnergyAustralia?

The Total Plan Home from EnergyAustralia currently works out slightly more expensive than AGL’s cheapest deal, Essentials Plus. To see how these two providers compare to others in the market, check out our Cost Comparison Report for Victoria.

In the table below, we show AGL and EnergyAustralia prices on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Plans are listed from the lowest price estimate first. See here for information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the VDO is $1,270/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˜
AGL Essentials Plus 13% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,101
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 10% Less Than VDO $50 sign-up credit $1,093incl. conditional discount
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. April 2021.

Who’s cheapest in New South Wales; AGL or EnergyAustralia?

In NSW, the two retailers have similarly priced plans, with AGL and EnergyAustralia both offering reasonably priced deals. However, see how these providers compare with others in the Sydney area with our NSW Cost Comparison report.

In the table below, we show AGL and EnergyAustralia 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 $1,462/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*
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 24% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,111
AGL Essentials Plus 23% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,131
Basic Plan Information Documents

*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. April 2021.

Who’s cheapest in Queensland; AGL or EnergyAustralia?

Despite EnergyAustralia’s $50 sign-up credit, AGL’s Essentials Plus still works out to be a little cheaper. But how do these retailers compare to others in SE Queensland? Find out with our QLD Cost Comparison report.

In the table below, we show AGL and EnergyAustralia 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 $1,508/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 Plus 21% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,187
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 16% Less Than Reference Price $50 sign-up credit $1,217incl. conditional discount
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. April 2021.

Who’s cheapest in South Australia; AGL or EnergyAustralia?

In this instance, EnergyAustralia’s Total Plan Home works out the exact same as AGL’s Essentials. See how AGL and EnergyAustralia compare to other retailers with our Cost Comparison report for SA.

In the table below, we show AGL and EnergyAustralia 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 $1,832/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*
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,594
AGL Essentials 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,594
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. April 2021.

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Should I sign up to AGL or EnergyAustralia?

Both AGL and EnergyAustralia are perfectly viable choices as an electricity retailer. Remember that our price comparisons in this article are specific examples of expected costs. Use our electricity comparison tool for a specific price in your area. Energy retailers are desperate for your custom and you may be able to arrange a better deal by contacting the company directly. Be sure to carefully read the energy price fact sheets before signing up to an electricity deal to make sure it’s right for you.

This comparison is based on a very specific household, with usage figures and postcodes detailed above. Any annual cost estimates should be considered indicative only and not an actual quote. Please use our comparison tool for information catered to your location and electricity usage estimates. 

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