Alinta Energy vs Dodo Power & Gas: Compare electricity plans

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We’ve all heard of the big energy companies in Australia, but there are more than 20 different retailers all competing for your business. Two of the biggest challengers to the like of Origin, AGL and EnergyAustralia are Alinta Energy and Dodo Power & Gas – both making a big impression along the east coast because of their simple electricity plans, competitive rates and big discounts.

In this cost comparison, Canstar Blue reviews the electricity retail offerings of Alinta Energy and Dodo Power & Gas to help you better-understand your options and potentially find a better deal. Alinta and Dodo operate across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and South East Queensland, providing a single market offer contract with a large pay on time discount in each state. So which retailer is cheapest in your area? Read on to find out.

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Victoria

Alinta Energy’s single market offer in Victoria is the Fair Deal 43, which comes with a 43% discount off electricity usage charges for a two-year benefit period. It has quarterly billing with no lock-in terms or exit fees for anyone wanting to leave early.

By comparison, Dodo’s sole market offer comes with a slightly smaller 40% pay on time discount off electricity usage. However, there is no fixed benefit period, so customers won’t lose their discount after a couple years. We know the biggest discounts don’t always mean the biggest savings, so…

Who’s cheapest in Victoria?

Canstar Blue has crunched the numbers to find which retailer comes out cheapest. In this example, we have calculated the expected annual cost for a typical three-person household with a single rate tariff living on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Conditional discounts have been applied to the total bills.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost*
VIC Alinta Energy Fair Deal 43 43% $1,047.69
VIC Dodo Power & Gas Market Offer 40% $1,124.43

*Costs based on annual usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the Citipower network in Melbourne, August 2018.

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Alinta Energy works out noticeably cheaper than Dodo in Victoria. However, given Alinta’s huge discount, you may have thought the difference would be greater. This is why it’s important to review energy price factsheets before signing up to a new power plan. Be aware that costs can vary depending on location, so be sure to use our comparison tool above for specific quotes in your area. You can also see how these retailers compare to others in the market with our Victoria price comparison.

New South Wales

Alinta Energy offers New South Wales customers its Fair Deal 27 product. Similar to Victoria, it has no lock-in terms or exit fees. For the first two years after signing up, customers receive a 27% discount off electricity usage charges.

Dodo’s market offer comes with a larger 30% discount on usage discounts. Like Alinta’s deal, it has no lock-in contract, but unlike Alinta it has an ongoing benefit period that does not disappear after a year or two.

Who‘s cheapest in New South Wales?

It’s Alinta’s Fair Deal 27 up against Dodo’s market offer, so how do they compare? Using Canstar Blue’s electricity database, we have calculated the expected annual costs of these two plans. The calculations below are based on a typical three-person household living on the Ausgrid distribution network in Sydney, with a single rate tariff. Costs include conational discounts.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost*
NSW Alinta Energy Fair Deal 27 27% $1,514.71
NSW Dodo Power & Gas Market Offer 30% $1,563.00

*Costs based on annual usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the Ausgrid network in Sydney, August 2018.

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Alinta Energy currently works out slightly cheaper than Dodo Power & Gas in New South Wales, even though Alinta has a slightly smaller discount. So the important message should be to look beyond the headline discount and check the energy price factsheets for rates and full terms. To see how these two retailers compare to others in the NSW market, check out our NSW price comparison report. As the above costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney, make sure to use our comparison tool for a specific quote in your suburb.

Queensland

Alinta Energy only entered the SE Queensland market in mid-2017, but quickly made a big impact with its big discount offer for the region. Alinta’s HomeSaver Plus comes with a 28% discount off electricity usage rates for a period of two years. Once again, there’s no lock-in contract and no exit fees.

In the other corner is Dodo’s market offer, which has a 25% pay on time electricity usage rate discount with a no term contract. Dodo has traditionally been one of the cheapest retailers in the Brisbane area, but now the question is…

Who’s cheapest in Queensland?

Is Alinta Energy’s big discount offering all it’s cracked up to be? Or will you find better value with Dodo in the Sunshine State? To find out, Canstar Blue has calculated the expected annual costs of each plan, once again based on a typical three-person household with a single rate tariff.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost*
QLD Alinta Energy HomeSaver Plus 28% $1,411.50
QLD Dodo Power & Gas Market Offer 25% $1,554.44

Costs based on annual usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the Energex network in SE Queensland, August 2018.

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Alinta Energy currently works out cheaper than Dodo in SE Queensland, but remember that Dodo’s product has an ongoing benefit period. Be sure to compare these two retailers to others in the market before making any big decisions. See our QLD price comparison report for details.

South Australia

Alinta Energy offers South Australians the Fair Deal 25, which brings a 25% discount off electricity usage charges for a benefit period of two years. Dodo Power & Gas also offers a 25% discount with its market offer, though that discount is ongoing and won’t disappear after a couple years. Both contracts have no lock-in terms or exit fees.

Who’s cheapest in South Australia?

Alinta and Dodo may offer the same percentage discount, but they charge very different rates. Below we have calculated the expected annual costs of each plan to see which is cheapest, based on a typical three-person household with a single rate tariff in Adelaide.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost*
SA Alinta Energy Fair Deal 25 25% $2,132.13
SA Dodo Power & Gas Market Offer 25% $2,166.36

Costs based on annual usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the SA Power network in Adelaide.

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While both retailers are pretty expensive compared to the other states, we see in our example that Alinta Energy beats out Dodo by about $30 per year. To see how other retailers compare, be sure to check out our South Australia price comparison table.

How can you find the best power deal?

Alinta Energy and Dodo Power & Gas are perfectly reasonable electricity providers. In fact, they make things pretty simple for prospective customers with just a single market offer to consider, quite unlike most other retailers which have two, three or even more contracts to navigate. This can make things more complicated than it needs to be, so credit to Alinta and Dodo in this regard. Both are reasonably price-competitive in each state, with big conditional discounts to help reduce your overall power costs at the end of the month or quarter, provided you can pay your bills on time.

While Alinta Energy is often cheaper than Dodo, you need to consider the big picture. Dodo’s market offers come with ongoing benefit periods which do not disappear after a year or two. This could prove helpful if you don’t want to switch energy provides too frequently, but if you’re not afraid to regularly compare plans and providers, you can always switch when Alinta’s discount expires. You could also negotiate a new deal. Either way, there is a lot to think about, so do your research before jumping in.

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