Expert Picks: Best Value Energy Plans QLD (April 2020)

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The South East Queensland electricity market has undergone a swathe of regulatory changes, most notably with the introduction of ‘fairer’ default energy pricing. These changes may have set a new reference point for pricing; however, the industry still has a long way to go in terms of making it easier to compare deals.

That’s where this page can help. Every month our team of energy geeks will update this page with the best offers on our database from QLD electricity providers. This way you’ll always be ahead of the game.

Choosing the best energy plans is made possible by our expert methodology, which places each product under the microscope, examining its features, price, customer service and billing. Then we give each plan a Value Score out of 10.

If you’re tired of sifting through multiple websites to find the latest and greatest deals, then look no further. Here are the best value plans on our database for Queenslanders, including the best market offers from the ‘big three’ retailers, as well as various types of plan styles. To get started, simply click on the links below to your preferred energy plan.

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Best Energy Plans QLD April 2020

  1. Overall Best Value Plan: Powershop, Shopper Market Offer
  2. Best Value Fixed Rate Plan: EnergyAustralia, Total Plan Home
  3. Best Value Variable Rate Plan: Powershop, Shopper Market Offer
  4. Best Value Plan with Entertainment: Alinta Energy, Sports Pack
  5. Best Value Plan with No Conditions: Alinta Energy, No Fuss
  6. Best Value Pre-Paid Plan: Powershop, Shopper Market Offer
  7. Best Value AGL Plan: Essentials Saver
  8. Best Value Origin Plan: Max Saver – Online Special
  9. Best Value EnergyAustralia Plan: No Frills

The pricing shown below is based on the Energex network in Brisbane, QLD. If you’d like a more accurate quote from your area, jump onto our comparison tool at the bottom of the page.

Overall Best Value Plan, Powershop [Shopper Market Offer]

Value score: 9.3

Here is Powershop’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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:

  • 15% discount for pre-purchasing three months of electricity
  • Ongoing discount
  • No credit card payment fees

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not fixed
  • Discount only available when energy is pre-purchased
  • Some may prefer conventional billing methods

Best Value Fixed Rate Plan, EnergyAustralia [Total Plan Home]

Value score: 8.6

Here is EnergyAustralia’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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:

  • Energy rates are locked in for 12 months
  • 11% guaranteed discount off the whole bill
  • Generous solar feed-in tariff

What to look out for:

  • Rates and discount may change after 12 months
  • Credit card payment fees
  • Quarterly billing option only

Best Value Variable Rate Plan, Powershop [Shopper Market Offer]

Value score: 9.3

Here is Powershop’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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:

  • 15% discount for pre-purchasing three months of power
  • Discount is ongoing
  • No credit card payment fees

What to look out for:

  • Electricity rates are not locked in
  • If energy isn’t pre-purchased, there is no discount
  • Some customers may prefer traditional billing

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

Value score: 8.9

Here is Alinta Energy’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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 a 12-month Kayo Basic subscription
  • No misleading or confusing discounts
  • Monthly billing available

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not locked in and may change
  • No feed-in tariffs available for solar customers
  • No GreenPower options

Best Value Plan with No Conditions, Alinta Energy [No Fuss]

Value score: 9.1

Here is Alinta Energy’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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:

  • No online sign-up criteria to meet
  • Reasonably low energy rates
  • No credit card payment fees

What to look out for:

  • No solar options available
  • Energy prices are not fixed
  • No green energy options available

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

Value score: 9.3

Here is Powershop’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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:

  • 15% discount for pre-purchasing three months of energy
  • Discount is an ongoing feature
  • Zero credit card payment fees

What to look out for:

  • Electricity prices are not fixed
  • No discount if energy isn’t pre-purchased
  • Some customers may prefer traditional billing

Best Value AGL Plan [Essentials Saver]

Value score: 8.7

Here is AGL’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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 a $75 credit off first bill for signing up online
  • Up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months up for grabs
  • GreenPower options available

What to look out for:

  • Customers must sign up online to claim bill credit and flybuys points
  • Low solar feed-in tariff
  • Credit card payment fees apply

Best Value Origin Plan [Max Saver – Online Special]

Value score: 9.0

Here is Origin’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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:

  • 16% discount off whole bill that’s guaranteed for 12 months
  • GreenPower options for eco-conscious customers
  • Monthly or quarterly billing options

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are variable and not fixed
  • After 12 months, customers may lose discount
  • Offer available for online sign-ups only

Best Value EnergyAustralia Plan [No Frills]

Value score: 8.6

Here is EnergyAustralia’s plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. 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:

  • No confusing discounts or bill credits
  • Competitive base rates that are locked in for 12 months
  • High solar feed-in tariff

What to look out for:

  • Fixed rates may change after the 12-month benefit period
  • No monthly billing options
  • Customers must sign up for direct debit and email correspondence

How to find a great electricity deal in QLD

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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

Energy comparison tool value score 8.2
Canstar Blue Energy Comparison Value Score

Trying to define the ‘best value’ energy plans in QLD may sound a little confusing, but with the help of our expert methodology, we’re confident in listing the most competitive deals in the Sunshine State. Although overall price is a huge factor in determining our ‘Value Score’, we also look at other components, like customer incentives, rewards programs and more.

Each plan is rated with a Value Score or ranking out of 10, which includes a Price Score and Features Score. Here are the factors that are considered:

Feature Score:

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

Price Score:

  • The estimated lowest price a representative customer would be charged in a year for this plan, assuming all conditions (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 consumers in the calculation of Value Rank. However, not every feature is included in the Value Rank, nor every feature that is relevant to you. For more details on how the Value Score works, 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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