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

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South Australians are slugged with some of the highest energy prices in the country. Even in the wake of industry reforms designed to make comparing electricity plans ‘fairer’ and easier for customers, the playing field is still very overwhelming. With so many great deals out there, it pays to do a little extra homework (as you’re about to see).

This page aims to help you scan through a range of the best electricity plans currently on our database from energy providers in SA. Each month, our dedicated energy experts will update this information to keep you ahead of the game.

If you’re wondering about how we quantify the ‘best’ deals in market, we’re happy to share our insights. We determine our best value plans by applying our expert methodology, which analyses various components of a plan, such as price, features, customer service and billing options. This analysis then ranks each plan with a Value Score out of 10.

We don’t want to brag but our expert research team have perfected this methodology, so you can have absolute confidence when comparing deals. So, here you go; the best value plans on our database for South Australia, including the best offers from the ‘big three’ energy retailers. Click on the links below to skip ahead to your preferred plan type.

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Best Energy Plans SA March 2020

  1. Overall Best Value Plan: Powershop, Shopper Market Offer
  2. Best Value Fixed Rate Plan: AGL, Essentials Plus
  3. Best Value Variable Rate Plan: Origin, Max Saver – Online Special
  4. Best Value Plan with Entertainment: Alinta Energy, Sports Pack
  5. Best Value Plan with No Conditions: Origin, Flexi
  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: Total Plan Home

The pricing shown below is based on the SA Power network in Adelaide, South Australia. This serves as a helpful guide but we’d recommend using our comparison tool at the top of the page for an accurate quote in your area.

Overall Best Value Plan, Powershop [Shopper Market Offer]

Value score: 9.4

Here is Powershop’s plan on our database for South Australia. This product is from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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:

  • 15% discount off whole bill for pre-purchasing three months of power with Mega Pack
  • Simplified monthly billing
  • No credit card payment fees

What to look out for:

  • Electricity rates are not fixed
  • Discount voided if electricity isn’t pre-purchased
  • Less tech savvy customers may find it to be a confusing way to pay for power

Best Value Fixed Rate Plan, AGL [Essentials Plus]

Value score: 8.9

Here is AGL’s plan on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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:

  • Energy rates are fixed for two years
  • $25 credit off first bill for signing up online, plus $20 credit every six months for two years
  • Earn up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months by signing up online

What to look out for:

  • After 24 months, energy rates may change
  • Credit card payment fees may apply
  • Slightly higher usage and supply rates than Essentials Saver plan

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

Value score: 9.2

Here is Origin’s plan on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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:

  • 15% guaranteed discount off usage and supply charges
  • Monthly billing option
  • Competitive energy base rates

What to look out for:

  • After 12 months the discount may be removed and rates may change
  • Offer available for online sign-ups only
  • Low solar feed-in tariff

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

Value score: 8.4

Here is Alinta Energy’s plan on our database for South Australia. This product is from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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 complementary access to Kayo Basic subscription for 12 months
  • No confusing discounts
  • Monthly billing available

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not fixed and can change at Alinta’s discretion
  • Below average solar feed-in tariff
  • Must sign up through Kayo portal with a valid credit card to start streaming

Best Value Plan with No Conditions, Origin [Flexi]

Value score: 8.9

Here is Origin’s plan on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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:

  • 12% guaranteed discount off entire bill (usage and supply charges)
  • Monthly billing available
  • GreenPower payment options

What to look out for:

  • Discount may disappear after 12 months
  • Energy prices are not fixed
  • Some credit card payment fees apply

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

Value score: 9.4

Here is Powershop’s plan on our database for South Australia. This product is from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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:

  • 12% discount off base rates with Power Saver and 15% off when purchasing three months of electricity with Mega Pack
  • Monthly billing
  • No credit card fees

What to look out for:

  • Energy prices can change at any time
  • Must pre-purchase power to claim discounts
  • May be challenging for customers who prefer to receive a bill

Best Value AGL Plan [Essentials Saver]

Value score: 9.0

Here is AGL’s plan on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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 base rates
  • $25 credit off first bill for signing up online
  • Receive up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months by signing up online

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates are not fixed and are subject to change
  • Credit card fees included
  • Bill credit and flybuys points require online sign-up

Best Value Origin Plan [Max Saver – Online Special]

Value score: 9.2

Here is Origin’s plan on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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:

  • 16% guaranteed discount off whole bill for 12 months
  • Can opt to receive bills monthly
  • Highly competitive electricity usage and supply rates

What to look out for:

  • Only available to customers who sign up online
  • Discount may be removed after the one-year benefit period
  • Not ideal for solar customers (low feed-in tariff)

Best Value EnergyAustralia Plan [Total Plan Home]

Value score: 8.3

Here is EnergyAustralia’s plan on our database for South Australia. This product is from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/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:

  • Energy base rates won’t change for 12 months
  • 6% guaranteed discount off usage and supply charges
  • Decent solar feed-in tariff

What to look out for:

  • Energy rates may change after the 12 month benefit period
  • Some credit card payment charges may apply
  • Quarterly billing frequency only

How to find a great electricity deal in SA

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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

Canstar Blue Value Score Rank 8.9
Canstar Blue Energy Comparison Value Score

We understand that identifying the ‘best value’ energy plans in SA sounds subjective, however that’s where our expert methodology comes into play. Besides price being a major influence, our ‘Value Score’ also includes other components of a deal, like features, value-adds and customer rewards.

Each plan is rated with a Value Score ranging from one to 10, which contains a Price Score and Features Score. Here are the factors that are considered:

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 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. To gain a better understanding of how our Value Score works, view our methodology document here.

How we choose 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 payment by direct debit 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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