Expert Picks: Best Value Energy Plans NSW (March 2020)

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Despite recent changes to how energy providers can advertise their plans, comparing and finding the best deal for your circumstances is still quite tricky. But with huge savings potentially on offer, it pays to do a little research. The fact that you’ve found this page suggests you’re being proactive in trying to find a better deal (good for you) and we’re pleased to be able to help.

This page features some of the best electricity plans from energy providers in NSW on Canstar Blue’s database. Every month, our dedicated team of energy experts will update this page to show you a range of competitive deals. This way, you can stay informed on the latest energy plans available in your area.

When we talk about the ‘best’ energy plans, we don’t just make this stuff up. We determine which are the best value plans based on our expert methodology which assesses numerous factors relating to the provider and plan in question, including price (of course), the features of the product, as well as the provider’s customer service and billing credentials. All this results in each plan being given a Value Score out of 10.

Our expert research team has spent years perfecting this methodology, so you can have confidence that we know what we’re doing. So without further ado, here are the best value energy plans on our database for NSW, including the best offers from the ‘big three’ power providers. Hit the links below to jump to your preferred plan type.

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Best Energy Plans NSW March 2020

The pricing shown below is based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney, NSW. This serves as a helpful guide but we’d suggest jumping into our energy comparison tool at the bottom of the page for an even more specific quote in your area.

Overall Best Value Plan, Origin Energy [Max Saver – Online Special]

Value score: 8.9

Here is Origin Energy’s plan on our database for NSW. These costs are based on the Ausgrid energy 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. 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’s good about the plan: 

  • 17% guaranteed discount off electricity usage and supply charges
  • Great savings off the reference price
  • Low variable rates

What to look out for: 

  • Energy prices are variable and discount has 12-month benefit period
  • Must sign up online and pay by direct debit
  • Only e-billing and e-communication available

Best Value Fixed Rate Plan, Tango Energy [Home Select]

Value score: 8.6

Here is Tango Energy’s plan 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. 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’s good about the plan:

  • Competitive energy rates that are locked in for 12 months
  • 16% guaranteed discount off electricity usage and supply charges
  • No confusing discounts or sign-up incentives

What to look out for: 

  • Some credit card payment fees
  • Average solar feed-in tariff
  • No green energy options

Best Value Variable Rate Plan, Origin Energy [Max Saver – Online Special]

Value score: 8.9

Here is Origin Energy’s plan 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. 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’s good about the plan: 

  • Low variable rates with generous savings off the reference price
  • 17% guaranteed discount off entire bill
  • Monthly billing option

What to look out for: 

  • Energy rates are not fixed and can change
  • Must sign up online and pay via direct debit
  • Must receive all communication online

Best Value Plan with Entertainment, Alinta Energy [Sports Pack]

Value score: 8.1

Here is Alinta Energy’s plan on our database for NSW. This is a product from a referral partner†. 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. 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’s good about the plan:

  • Includes 12-month Kayo Basic subscription
  • No confusing discounts
  • Monthly billing option

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not locked in
  • Must sign up through Kayo portal with a valid credit card to start streaming
  • Very low solar feed-in tariff

Best Value Plan with No Conditions, Origin Energy [Flexi]

Value score: 8.7

Here is Origin Energy’s plan 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. 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’s good about the plan:

  • 14% guaranteed discount off whole bill for 12 months
  • Competitive usage and supply rates
  • Monthly billing option available

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not locked in
  • Minimal solar feed-in tariff
  • Credit card payment fees

Best Value Pre-Paid Plan, Powershop [Shopper Market Offer]

Value score: 8.9

Here is Powershop’s plan on our database for NSW. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid energy 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. 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’s good about the plan:

  • Receive 15% off rates when pre-purchasing 3 months of electricity with the Mega Pack
  • Monthly billing option
  • No credit card payment fees

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not fixed
  • Miss out on discount without pre-purchasing power
  • Can be confusing for less tech savvy customers

Best Value AGL Plan [Essentials Saver]

Value score: 8.6

Here is AGL’s plan 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. 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’s good about the plan:

  • Low usage and supply rates
  • $75 bill credit for signing up online
  • Up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months when signing up online

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not locked in
  • Must sign up online to receive bill credit and flybuys points
  • Credit card fees apply

Best Value Origin Plan [Max Saver – Online Special]

Value score: 8.9

Here is Origin’s plan 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. 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’s good about the plan:

  • 17% guaranteed discount off entire bill
  • Monthly billing option
  • Low usage and supply rates

What to look out for:

  • Deal only available for customers who sign up online
  • 12-month benefit period for discount
  • Nominal solar feed-in tariff

Best Value EnergyAustralia Plan [Total Plan Home]

Value score: 8.6

Here is EnergyAustralia’s plan on our database for NSW. This is a product from a referral partner†. 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. 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’s good about the plan:

  • Usage and supply rates are fixed
  • Competitive energy base rates
  • Average solar feed-in tariff

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are only fixed for one year
  • Credit card payment fees apply
  • No monthly billing options

What to look for in an electricity plan

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  1. Usage rates: Lower usage rates that cover the cost of using electricity (per kWh) and gas (per MJ)
  2. Supply charges: Competitive fixed daily fees for supplying your home with electricity or gas
  3. Discounts: Conditional or guaranteed discounts off your bills can help save on annual energy costs
  4. Bill credits: Like a discount but offers a credit off your bill, either as a standalone amount or ongoing
  5. Sign-up incentives: Access to rewards programs, frequent flyer points or entertainment services
  6. Fixed rates: Some plans comes with energy rates locked in for a set period meaning no rate rises
  7. Variable rates: Look out for low variable rates on plans but keep in mind they can change over time
  8. Customer service: Compare call centre hours and satisfaction ratings of energy providers
  9. Online tools and support: Does the company have an app and can you access your account online?

Our Value Score & Methodology Explained

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The page assesses the best value energy plans on our database for NSW, but what do we actually mean when we say ‘best’? While price will understandably be the deciding factor for many when comparing energy plans, we explore each product a little deeper. Our expert methodology allows you to compare plans based on our unique ‘Value Score’.

The Value Score is a rating (out of 10) and is a combination of the Price Score and Features Score. In calculating the Value Score, factors that are considered include:

Feature Score:

  • Billing & Payments
  • Customer Service & Support
  • Plan Flexibility

Price Score:

  • The estimated lowest price a representative customer would be charged in a year for this plan, assuming all conditions of discounts offered (if any) have been met, based on the AER’s model annual usage in the distribution region as shown at the top of each table. If you have provided usage data from your electricity bill, the estimated annual amount payable for this plan will be based on your individual circumstances
  • The Price Score includes applicable discounts assuming all conditions have been met
  • The Price Score may factor in the Reference Price where you have not provided usage data from your electricity bill

Canstar Blue considers plan features most relevant to customers in the calculation of Value Score. However, not every feature is included in the Value Score, nor every feature that is relevant to you. For further details on how the Value Score works, you can read our methodology document here.

How we pick the best value plans

  1. Overall Best Value Plan: This plan is determined by what’s currently our top performing energy plan sorted by Value Score.
  2. Best Value Fixed Rate Plan: Our best-ranked plan as determined by our Value Score with fixed rates, meaning energy prices don’t change during the agreed period.
  3. Best Value Variable Rate Plan: The best value plan with energy rates that are variable, meaning prices are not fixed and are subject to change.
  4. Best Value Plan with Entertainment: This is an energy plan with the highest Value Score, which includes an additional entertainment feature or subscription.
  5. Best Value Plan with No Conditions: Our best value plan which has no conditional discounts, bill credits or similar. For example, it doesn’t require direct debit payment or similar.
  6. Best Value Pre-Paid Plan: This is our best value plan that has a pre-paid model, meaning customers pre-purchase electricity instead of receiving a bill.
  7. Best Value AGL Plan: The best value plan from AGL based on our Value Score.
  8. Best Value Origin Plan: The best value plan from Origin based on our Value Score.
  9. Best Value EnergyAustralia Plan: The best value plan from EnergyAustralia based on our Value Score.

In the event that two or more plans have the same value score in any given category, the cheapest option will be featured.

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