What is the average electricity bill?

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When a big power bill comes through, it’s natural to question it. Did I really use that much electricity last month? Could there be a mistake with the meter reading? Realistically, the bill you have is accurate, but sometimes it’s good to compare your costs to other households – not only for peace of mind, but also to check how other plans compare. You could be missing out on a better deal!

To help you understand how your energy costs compare, we’ve pulled together this guide to average electricity bills in Australia. We show average energy bills across the states and by customer age and household size, before revealing the cheapest plans on our database so you can see whether or not you’re getting a good deal on price.

If you want to get ahead of the game and compare plans in your area, jump straight into our electricity comparison tool.

Average Electricity Bills in Australia

The following average electricity bills are taken from our customer satisfaction ratings research published in 2018. The costs reported include households of all sizes and should only be considered as a general guide.

State Average Annual Electricity Bill
New South Wales $1,667.20
Victoria $1,671.32
Queensland $1,686.88
South Australia $1,974.96

Source: Canstar Blue electricity customer satisfaction survey, January 2018.

As you can see, households in South Australia report the highest energy bills, with those in New South Wales reporting the lowest annual average. Consider how your energy costs compare to the average in your state.

Here is a more detailed look at average electricity costs across the states. We also show the cheapest deals on our database that include a direct link to the provider’s website, to give you an idea of how your bills compare to pricing currently available. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area.

Average Electricity Bills in NSW

Across New South Wales, we found the average annual electricity bill to be just over $1,667. However, we found that bill-payers aged in their 40s reported the highest average bills in NSW at $1,911.76. Those aged 70 or over reported the lowest average bills at $1,466.40.

Cheap Deals on our database NSW

Here are the cheapest published deals from the retailers currently on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of price. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. These are sponsored products.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Alinta Energy Logo

Basic Plan Information

Fair Deal 27

  • 27% pay on time discount off usage charges
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,514.71Annual Cost** Go To Site
Momentum Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

SmilePower Flexi

  • No conditional discounts
OngoingBenefit Period $1,519.12Annual Cost** Go To Site
Simply Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simply NRMA Plus

  • 21% pay on time discount off usage charges for eligible NRMA members
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,528.93Annual Cost** Go To Site
Powershop Logo
Basic Plan Information

Mega Pack

  • Pre-Paid approx 3 months of power
  • 15% discount when product conditions are met
OngoingBenefit Period $1,549.70Annual Cost** Go To Site
Energy Locals Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simple Saver

  • No conditional discount
OngoingBenefit Period $1,550.92Annual Cost** Go To Site
Dodo Power & Gas Logo
Basic Plan Information

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

Average Electricity Bills in Victoria

In Victoria, the average annual electricity bill was found to be just over $1,671. However, bill-payers aged in their 30s reported the highest average bills in the Melbourne area at $2,029.68. Bill-payers aged 70 or over reported the lowest average electricity bills at $1,315.00.

Cheap Deals on our database VIC

Here are the cheapest published deals from the retailers currently on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of price. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. These are sponsored products.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Simply Energy Logo

Simply RACV Plus

  • 45% pay on time discount off usage charges for eligible RACV members
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,039.44Annual Cost** Go To Site
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
Click Logo

Click Garnet

  • 27% discount off usage & supply charges for paying on time
OngoingBenefit Period $1,149.06Annual Cost^^ Go To Site
Powershop Logo

Mega Pack

  • Pre-Paid approx 3 months of power
  • 23.2% discount when product conditions are met
OngoingBenefit Period $1,178.41Annual Cost** Go To Site
Red Energy Logo

Living Energy Saver

  • 10% pay on time discount off entire bill
OngoingBenefit Period $1,222.17Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Average Electricity Bills in QLD

While the average annual electricity bill in Queensland was found to be a little under $1,687, we found that bill-payers aged in their 30s reported the highest average bills at $1,988.12. The lowest average bills in QLD were reported by bill-payers aged in their 60s at $1,335.28.

Cheap Deals on our database QLD

Here are the cheapest published deals from the retailers currently on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Energex network in Brisbane, but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of price. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. These are sponsored products.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Alinta Energy Logo

Basic Plan Information

HomeSaver Plus

  • 28% pay on time discount off usage charges
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,411.50Annual Cost** Go To Site
Powershop Logo
Basic Plan Information

Mega Pack

  • Pre-Paid approx 3 months of power
  • 15% discount when product conditions are met
OngoingBenefit Period $1,412.12Annual Cost** Go To Site
Click Logo
Basic Plan Information

Click Amethyst

  • 27% discount off usage & supply charges for paying on time
OngoingBenefit Period $1,428.89Annual Cost^^ Go To Site
Simply Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simply RACQ Plus

  • 21% pay on time discount off usage charges for eligible RACQ members
2 YearsBenefit Period $1,481.41Annual Cost** Go To Site
Energy Locals Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simple Saver

  • No conditional discount
OngoingBenefit Period $1,502.35Annual Cost** Go To Site
Dodo Power & Gas Logo
Basic Plan Information

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

Average Electricity Bills in SA

We found the average annual electricity bill in the Adelaide area to be around $1,975. However, bill-payers aged 18-29 reported the highest average bills at a whopping $2,599. Bill-payers aged in their 60s reported the lowest average in South Australia at $1,732.36.

Cheap Deals on our database SA

Here are the cheapest published deals from the retailers currently on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of price. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. These are sponsored products.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Energy Locals Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simple Saver

  • No conditional discount
OngoingBenefit Period $2,041.39Annual Cost^^ Go To Site
Simply Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simply RAA Plus

  • 21% pay on time discount off usage charges for eligible RAA members
2 YearsBenefit Period $2,070.72Annual Cost** Go To Site
Momentum Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

SmilePower Flexi

  • No conditional discounts
OngoingBenefit Period $2,101.51Annual Cost** Go To Site
Alinta Energy Logo

Basic Plan Information

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
Basic Plan Information

Market Offer

  • 25% pay on time discount off usage charges
OngoingBenefit Period $2,166.36Annual Cost** Go To Site
Red Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Easy Saver 10%

  • 10% pay on time discount off entire bill
OngoingBenefit Period $2,247.56Annual Cost** Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Average Electricity Bills by Household Size

As the above average costs from our research are based on households of all shapes and sizes, let’s dive further into the data to see how average bills look based on household size. If you live alone or with just one other person, you will generally use less electricity than a large family with three teenagers who all play computer games around the clock. The following table shows average electricity bills by household size across Australia.

Number of residents Average Annual Electricity Bill
1 $1,426.08
2 $1,722.96
3 $1,993.84
4 $2,028.72
5 $2,576.28
6+ $2,634.36

Source: Canstar Blue electricity customer satisfaction survey, January 2018.

This table follows an intuitive path, with average energy bills increasing with the number of residents. However, it’s important to remember that numerous other factors play a part in determining your energy costs. It’s not only about the number of people you live with.

What impacts average energy bills?

Average energy bills are just that – an average reflection of what households pay to keep the lights on. However, there are two main factors that determine the average costs mentioned above:

  • Electricity Usage: Small households of 2 or 3 people will typically use less energy than a larger household of 4 or 5 people. But the amount of energy consumed by a property is also dependent on other factors, such as the energy-efficiency of appliances, how often certain appliances are used (e.g. air conditioners and clothes dryers) and whether the property has a swimming pool.
  • Electricity Prices: The other major factor in determining energy costs is the price you pay for power. If you’re getting a good deal on electricity, you’ll naturally have lower bills than an equivalent household getting a bad energy deal.

If you’re keen to cut your electricity costs, the good news is that you have the power to act on the factors mentioned above – by either reducing your energy usage, or finding a better energy deal. Or both!

How else can I tell if my energy bills are average?

If you’re looking for further evidence that your electricity bills are typical of other households like yours, your latest energy bill may be able to help. Most electricity providers publish helpful information in your bill statements, such as the actual amount of power used, what it costs, how your usage has changed over time, and how your usage compares to other customers in your area. The following image is taken from an Origin Energy bill, showing the customer’s electricity usage compared to that of other households.

origin energy example bill

Could I get a better-than-average energy deal?

Having an average energy bill may be reassuring if you thought your bills are not accurate, or that you’re generally paying way too much. But being average is certainly nothing to aspire to when it comes to electricity. In fact, having an average bill – by definition – means you’re paying more than you need to.

Therefore consider the table below which shows annual costs for the cheapest electricity plans on our database, based on a typical three-person household at a selected postcode in each state.

State Cheapest Electricity Bill
New South Wales $1,452.03
Victoria $966.87
Queensland $1,411.50
South Australia $2,070.72

Source: Canstar Blue electricity comparison database, August 2018. Costs based on single rate tariffs in each state. Postcodes used for example, 2040, 3122, 4064, 5033.

How do your annual electricity costs compare? If you pay more than the costs above, you are paying too much. Keep in mind that costs can vary significantly between suburbs and household sizes, but this provides a helpful guide as to what you could be paying.

Still want to be average?

The fact that you’ve found this page on our website suggests you’re not happy with the price you’re paying for energy. But the good news is that – unless you are already on the best deal in your area – there are potentially big savings to be had by shopping around. To get a better-than-average power deal, you will need to be proactive. This means regularly comparing your options and being willing to switch to a better deal if it comes up. Don’t put up with an average electricity bill, search for a better one.

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