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 just one or two market offer contracts with large pay on time discounts in each state. So which retailer is cheapest in your area? Read on to find out.

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Dodo vs Alinta Energy – Cheapest Deals

Here are the current cheapest published deals on our database for Dodo 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 Dodo 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**
Dodo Power & Gas Logo

Market Offer

  • 40% pay on time discount off usage charges
OngoingBenefit Period $1,124.43Annual Cost** Go To Site
Alinta Energy Logo

Fair Saver 35

  • 35% guaranteed discount off usage charges
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,133.24Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

NSW – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Dodo 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

Fair Deal 27

  • 27% pay on time discount off usage charges
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,514.71Annual Cost** Go To Site
Dodo Power & Gas Logo

Market Offer

  • 30% pay on time discount off usage charges
OngoingBenefit Period $1,563.00Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Queensland – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Dodo 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

HomeSaver Plus

  • 28% pay on time discount off usage charges
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,411.50Annual Cost** Go To Site
Dodo Power & Gas Logo

Market Offer

  • 25% pay on time discount off usage charges
OngoingBenefit Period $1,554.44Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

South Australia – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Dodo 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

Fair Deal 25

  • 25% pay on time discount off usage charges
2 YearsBenefit Period $2,132.13Annual Cost** Go To Site
Dodo Power & Gas Logo

Market Offer

  • 25% pay on time discount off usage charges
OngoingBenefit Period $2,166.36Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Victoria

Alinta Energy’s single market offer in Victoria is the Fair Saver 35, which comes with a 35% 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. The discount appears to be guaranteed, rather than conditional on paying on time as is often the case with Alinta.

By comparison, Dodo’s sole market offer comes with a slightly bigger 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 Saver 35 35% $1,133.24
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, November 2018.

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Dodo comes out marginally cheaper in this comparison, but given the additional discount, you might have thought the savings would be more substantial. This is why it’s important to review energy price factsheets before signing up to a new power plan to get an idea of the specific prices you will be paying. Sometimes the bigger discounts don’t deliver the big savings you might expect. 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, November 2018.

^By clicking on a brand name, you may leave Canstar Blue and be taken to a referral partner to compare. You agree that Canstar Blue’s terms and conditions apply to this referral. If you click on a brand that is not a referral partner, you will be taken to a brand page on Canstar Blue.

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, November 2018.

^By clicking on a brand name, you may leave Canstar Blue and be taken to a referral partner to compare. You agree that Canstar Blue’s terms and conditions apply to this referral. If you click on a brand that is not a referral partner, you will be taken to a brand page on Canstar Blue.

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, November 2018.

^By clicking on a brand name, you may leave Canstar Blue and be taken to a referral partner to compare. You agree that Canstar Blue’s terms and conditions apply to this referral. If you click on a brand that is not a referral partner, you will be taken to a brand page on Canstar Blue.

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 one or two offers to consider, quite unlike several other retailers which have three, four 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. We should point out that though that not all Alinta plans require customers to pay on time. In some states, the retailer has products with smaller but guaranteed discounts.

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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