AGL vs Simply Energy: Electricity Cost Comparison

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With so many energy retailers competing for your business, there’s no reason to settle for less when it comes to your electricity and gas plan. In fact, we’ve broken it down and explored two popular energy providers to uncover which one offers the cheapest electricity prices. In the blue corner, it’s heavyweight giant AGL, while in the red corner (or should that be yellow!), it’s rising star Simply Energy climbing the ranks.

Aside from cheap electricity rates, we take a look at the sign-up incentives and other benefits on offer from these retailers in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA. This guide will help you compare the best deals from AGL and Simply Energy currently on our database.

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AGL vs Simply Energy – Cheapest Deals

We’ve compiled the cheapest published deals currently on our database for AGL and Simply Energy across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, with any conditional discounts factored in. As you’ll see below, there are potentially some notable savings on offer by switching from one provider to the other, depending on where you live.

Victoria – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Simply Energy plans on our database for Victoria. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. Plans are listed in order of lowest price first. See here for further information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning that the VDO is $1,334/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison. These are products from a referral partner†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Price(estimated˜)
Simply Energy Logo
Energy Fact Sheet

Simply RACV

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Price includes $150 first anniversary credit
  • $50/year credit thereafter
11% LessThan VDO› $1,187 Go To Site
AGL Logo
Energy Fact Sheet

Essentials Plus

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Fixed rates for 24 months
  • Price includes $40/year bill credit
8% LessThan VDO› $1,231 More Details
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New South Wales – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Simply Energy plans on our database for NSW. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. Plans are listed in order of lowest price first. See here for further information on the Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,467/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison. These are products from a referral partner†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Simply Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simply NRMA

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Price includes $160 first anniversary credit
  • $60/year credit thereafter
18% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,207 Go To Site
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Fixed rates for 24 months
  • Price includes $40/year bill credit
11% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,306 More Details
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Queensland – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Simply Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. Plans are listed in order of lowest price first. See here for further information on the Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,570/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison. These are products from a referral partner†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Fixed rates for 24 months
  • Price includes $40/year bill credit
10% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,412 More Details
Simply Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simply RACQ

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Price includes $60/year credit
10% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,414 Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

South Australia – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Simply Energy plans on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on SA Power network in Adelaide but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. Plans are listed in order of lowest price first. See here for further 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. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison. These are products from a referral partner†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Simply Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simply RAA

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Price includes $260 first anniversary credit
  • $60/year credit thereafter
13% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,687 Go To Site
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Fixed rates for 24 months
  • Price includes $40/year bill credit
9% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,763 More Details
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AGL

AGL is one of Australia’s biggest energy retailers, delivering electricity and gas to millions of customers. AGL has a few market offers, most of which offer attractive usage and supply rates. The retailer also has an incentive program called AGL Rewards, which gives customers exclusive access to discounts at supermarkets and vouchers for cheap cinema tickets, to name just a few. AGL also offers 10,000 flybuys points to customers who make the switch to AGL online, as well as offering a gift card for customers in NSW, QLD and SA.

AGL Products

AGL currently offers three main plans in NSW, QLD, VIC and SA, as listed below:

  • Essentials: The AGL Essentials product has fixed usage and supply rates for 12 months, with no discounts. The product offers 10,000 flybuys points when you sign-up online, as well as a $25 EFTPOS gift card depending on where you live.
  • Essentials Plus: Similar to the Essentials plan above, AGL Essentials Plus has fixed rates for 24 months. There’s 10,000 flybuys points on offer for signing up online, however the plan is only available with e-billing and direct debit payments. Depending on where you live, you may also receive a $25 EFTPOS gift card.
  • Smart Saver: Unlike the fixed rate plans above, AGL’s Smart Saver is a variable rate plan that includes a guaranteed discount for 12 months off the entire bill, not just usage charges. Depending on where you live, you may also receive a $25 EFTPOS gift card and 10,000 flybuys points when signing up online. This plan is not available in Victoria.

AGL Solar

Customers looking for solar-specific plans are in luck with AGL, as the energy provider offers competitive feed-in tariffs. The AGL Solar Savers deal rewards customers with a higher feed-in tariff (15-18c/kWh) over the 24-month benefit period, although it may not be always publicly available. The standard feed-in tariffs for AGL solar customers are:

  • VIC: 12c/kWh
  • NSW: 10.2c/kWh
  • QLD: 8.6c/kWh
  • SA: 14.2c/kWh

Make sure you take a close look at the fine print, as solar plans often attract higher usage rates than non-solar specific products. Want to learn more about the best solar energy companies in your state? Visit our detailed comparison report.

Simply Energy

Simply Energy is making a name for itself as a serious contender for electricity in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. It also provides natural gas to customers in VIC, SA and some areas of NSW. The retailer has made strong headwinds in the energy market by offering sign-up incentives, affordable electricity and gas rates, plus other rewards like movie tickets and bill credits.

Simply Energy Products

There are currently two or three market offers for customers in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA. Depending on which state you live in, each plan may have a different title, as well as energy rates and other features. Below is an example of products Simply Energy offers in Victoria. Make sure you use our comparison tool and input your details for a more accurate range of quotes based on your location.

  • Simply Gold Class: As the name suggests, customers will receive four Gold Class cinema tickets every year. Instead of discounts, reasonable electricity rates and incentives are what’s on offer here.
  • Simply Plus: This plan has usage and supply rates in line with the Victorian Default Offer (VDO), plus $50 bill credit each anniversary from your supply start date.
  • Simply RACV: This plan offers a $150 credit on the first anniversary, as well as $50 credit every year thereafter. It’s only available to members of RACV.

Simply Energy Solar

Simply Energy doesn’t offer any specific products for solar customers, but its standard plans do include some, fairly modest, feed-in tariffs:

  • VIC: 12c/kWh
  • NSW: 8c/kWh
  • QLD: 10c/kWh
  • SA: 15c/kWh

Customers also have access to Simply Energy’s network of solar-related partners who specialise in batteries, solar panels and other systems.

AGL vs Simply Energy: Who’s cheapest in Victoria?

Victorian customers can opt for a no-frills energy plan from AGL, or choose a provider that offers free Gold Class movie tickets as part of the plan. In the table below, we show AGL and Simply Energy prices on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for further information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the VDO is $1,334/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
Simply Energy Simply RACV 11% Less than VDO No conditional discounts $1,187
AGL Essentials Plus 8% Less than VDO No conditional discounts $1,231
Energy Fact Sheets

~Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices will differ between distribution areas. August 2019.

In this case, Simply Energy’s ‘Simply RACV’ deal takes out the win, ultimately carrying lower rates, however customers must be an eligible RACV member. Want to compare a broader range of energy plans? Read our Victoria energy price comparison report.

AGL vs Simply Energy: Who’s cheapest in NSW?

In NSW, two plans go neck and neck from AGL and Simply Energy, both carrying similar rates. In the table below, we show AGL and Simply 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. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Simply Energy Simply NRMA 18% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,207
AGL Essentials Plus 11% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,306
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices differ between distribution areas. August 2019.

Again, it’s Simply Energy with its’ motoring club offer. In this case, it might be worth looking further into any value features providers are offering before you make a choice. Looking for more variety when it comes to energy deals? Review our NSW price comparison report for further details.

AGL vs Simply Energy: Who’s cheapest in QLD?

AGL’s flagship product goes up against a plan that gives you free movie tickets in Queensland- but which will take the win? In the table below, we show AGL and Simply 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. 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 10% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,412
Simply Energy Simply RACQ 10% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,414
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4600Wh/year. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Energex network in Brisbane, but prices will differ between distribution areas. August 2019.

In this instance, AGL’s Essentials Plus just squeezes past Simply Energy’s Simply RACQ plan. If you live in the south east of the state and want to see what else is on offer, check out our QLD cost comparison report.

AGL vs Simply Energy: Who’s cheapest in SA?

In South Australia, it’s a contest between AGL’s Essentials Plus plan and Simply Energy’s Simply Movies. In the table below, we show AGL and Simply 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. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Simply Energy Simply RAA 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,687
AGL Essentials Plus 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,763
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices differ between distribution areas. August 2019.

Simply Energy works out to be the cheapest deal in this scenario, holding rates that work out much lower than the Reference Price. Despite some electricity plans offering value-add incentives, the cheapest price is often found with lower usage rates. Whether you’re in Adelaide or Victor Harbour, make sure you consider other energy plans in your area by browsing our SA comparison report.

Should I sign up to AGL or Simply Energy?

From the findings in our database, it was almost a clean sweep for Simply Energy. Although there were sizable margins in price between the two providers, all of Simply Energy’s plans offer rewards and other incentives that could offer value for customers who like going to the cinemas or are a member of a motoring club.

That being said, the AGL Essentials Plus offers fixed usage and supply rates, and a 24-month benefit period, meaning your rates are locked in for two years. This could be ideal if you’re worried about future price hikes. Also remember that AGL customers can collect flybuys points, and the retailer has a rewards program that could deliver some cost benefits on other purchases.

If, however, you are a member of RACV in VIC, NRMA in NSW, or RAA in SA, you could be pocketing some notable savings with anniversary credits. Again, it’s all about what provides extra value to you personally. You may also want to think about bundling your electricity and natural gas with either retailer, with the exception of Simply Energy in Queensland.

If you’re wanting to expand your options and compare prices from more electricity retailers, don’t forget to use our comparison tool via the link below.

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