ActewAGL Review and Rates
Electricity and gas retailer ActewAGL provides residential and business energy services in the Australian Capital Territory, Queanbeyan and south-east New South Wales. The company was set up in 2000 as a joint venture between AGL and the ACT-owned ACTEW. Today, ActewAGL claims to provide great value to its nearly 200,000 electricity customers, plus 145,000 gas customers.
In our endeavor to help consumers make informed energy decisions, Canstar Blue reviews ActewAGL to discuss whether or not it’s the right retailer for your home. If you live in the ACT in particular, power price competition is heating up and you should make sure you’re still getting a good deal.
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ActewAGL Energy Plans
ActewAGL’s retail service operates across ACT and extends to some areas of New South Wales, including Shoalhaven, Queanbeyan and south-east NSW. ActewAGL’s products vary across NSW and the ACT. It generally has a few market offers in each area it operates, offering discounts ranging from 12% to 20% depending on where you live. ActewAGL also sells natural gas in some locations and offer discounts when customers buy both their electricity and gas through Actew.
ActewAGL Electricity Canberra
ActewAGL has multiple offers for Canberrans. The first comes with a 12% guaranteed discount on electricity usage charges for a 12 month benefit period. This means you receive the discount regardless of how or when you pay your bill. The second product comes with a 20% discount on electricity usage charges if you accept email billing and pay using direct debit. There are many other variations of these plans, referred to as the Home, Home Saver and Home Saver Plus. Some of these products are only available on certain tariffs. For example, the ‘Home’ and ‘Home Saver’ are on a single-rate tariff, while the ‘Home Saver Plus’ is on a block rate tariff. Finally, there is a standing offer tariff, however, it is generally more expensive and not recommended for most customers.
|Home 20% Offer||20%||$1,506||Basic Plan Information|
|Home Saver 20% Offer||20%||$1,534||Basic Plan Information|
|Home 12% Offer||12%||$1,617||Basic Plan Information|
|Home Saver Plus 20% Offer||20%||$1,636||Basic Plan Information|
|Home Saver 12% Offer||12%||$1,640||Basic Plan Information|
Prices based on types usage for a three-person household on single-rate tariff in Canberra. Postcode 2600.
ActewAGL Electricity Queanbeyan
ActewAGL treats Queanbeyan customers a bit differently to both Canberra and the rest of NSW. Queanbeyan customers have two offers with discounts – one that’s guaranteed for a 24-month benefit period, and another that’s conditional for 12 months provided customers pay via direct debit. The other market offer comes with a no discounts and is equal to the default price on the Essential Energy distribution network. Alternatively, customers who pay via direct debit could opt for the plan with a conditional discount, which lasts for one year.
|Essential Conditional Bill Discount Offer||18%||$1,605||Basic Plan Information|
|Essential Guaranteed Discount Offer||15%||$1,663||Basic Plan Information|
|Home Standing Offer||0%||$1,957||Basic Plan Information|
Prices based on typical usage for a three-person household on single-rate tariff in Queanbeyan. Postcode 2620.
ActewAGL Electricity NSW
While ActewAGL seems to prioritise the Canberra market, the retailer also sells electricity right across South-East NSW. Its main market offer includes an 18% discount on the entire bill for paying via direct debit, while the other offers a smaller discount but is over a two-year benefit period. Once again, the other option is a standing offer, which doesn’t include any discounts or extras and is considerably more expensive than the market offer.
In the table below, we show ActewAGL prices on the Essential Energy network in South-East NSW. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for more information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.
|Electricity Provider||Electricity Plan||Difference from Reference Price^||Conditional Discounts||Price Estimate*|
|ActewAGL||Essential Conditional Bill Discount Offer||1% More Than Reference Price||Reduces to 17% Less Than Reference Price for Direct Debit Payment||$1,624Incl. conditional discount
|ActewAGL||Essential Guaranteed Bill Discount Offer||14% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,683
|ActewAGL||Home Standing Offer||1% More Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,976
|Basic Plan Information Documents|
Prices based on typical usage for a three-person household on single-rate tariff in South-East NSW. Postcode 2550.
Where does ActewAGL operate?
If you’re wondering what services ActewAGL is offering in your state, look no further than the table below. We summarise what you can expect to find from ActewAGL in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT and WA.
ActewAGL Natural Gas
ActewAGL also sells natural gas in Canberra and parts of NSW. Gas contracts are on a standard offer basis with no standalone discount. Customers that bundle both electricity and gas receive a guaranteed discount between 10% and 16% depending on where you live.
|Dual Fuel Discounts||20% electricity/ 20% gas
12% electricity/ 12% gas
|15% electricity/ 11% gas
15% electricity/ 8% gas
|15% electricity/ 6% gas
The postcodes used to generate these dual fuel plans were 2600 in Canberra, 2620 in Queanbeyan, 2541 in Shoalhaven and 2550 in Southeast NSW.
ActewAGL sells and installs solar panels, inverters and storage systems in the ACT and surrounding areas. Customers can get started with $0 upfront, or make fortnightly or monthly interest-free payments over 12 to 24 months. After receiving your application, ActewAGL will assess your property and issue a quote. Its website estimates that prices start from around $600 for a small 2.3kW system after STCs. This price includes a five-year whole system warranty on workmanship and products, meter upgrade and government inspection fees.
If you would like to top-off your system with solar storage, then ActewAGL offers the Solax Box Battery, the Panasonic Battery and the LG Chem Battery.
Once you’re up and running with solar, ActewAGL customers receive a feed-in tariff of 8c/kWh in the ACT and 8c/kWh in NSW.
ActewAGL customers may voluntarily opt-in for GreenChoice – the retailer’s GreenPower accredited product.
With GreenChoice, ActewAGL commits to purchasing electricity from renewable energy generators on your behalf. There are two ways for customers to purchase power through GreenChoice: a fixed-rate option and a percentage-based option.
Under its fixed-use option, ActewAGL purchases a fixed amount of green energy on the customer’s behalf each day. Under the percentage-based option, customers select a percentage of their electricity usage to be matched with GreenPower. The percentage-based option costs 7.5c per kWh.
Other services available
ActewAGL aims to be the go-to for everything energy. ActewAGL has its own energy shop where it sells and installs reverse cycle air conditioners, natural gas heating, evaporative ducted cooling, gas log fires and hot water systems.
It also has a host of support services, including gas and electrical and repairs. This includes the maintenance of hot water systems, heating, switchboards, smoke detectors, power points and plenty more. Most ActewAGL services come with a workmanship guarantee – 12 months on electrical work and appliance installation, and three months on gas appliance repair.
ActewAGL also tries to help its customers in other ways, offering plenty of advice on its website to help customers understand their bills and cut their power usage.
ActewAGL’s ePayPlus service provides customers with a variety of monitoring and account management tools, including:
- Receive bill online with email notification
- View account history
- Access past bill details
- Pay account online
- Estimate utility spend to date
- Update personal details
- Subscribe to special offers and latest news
The ePayPlus app makes it easy to pay your bill, but there’s plenty other options if you prefer, including:
- Online via epayplus
- Direct debit
- Credit card via phone
- Cheque via mail
- In-store at an ActewAGL store or Australia Post office
Is ActewAGL right for me?
As a company backed by AGL, one of Australia’s largest integrated energy companies, ActewAGL is able to use its experience and market power to offer customers competitive deals. That’s not to say ActewAGL will be the cheapest retailer for all customers, but with ActewAGL you can at least be assured you are being looked after by a company that knows what it’s doing. A feature that particularly distinguishes ActewAGL from other retailers is its guaranteed discounts. Most retailers will only give you a discount if you pay on time or pay via direct debit. If you often struggle to meet these requirements, ActewAGL is definitely worth considering.
Of course, discounts aren’t everything. In order to ensure you’re receiving the best deal on electricity, be sure to regularly compare electricity providers with Canstar Blue.
What do customers think about ActewAGL?
In 2017, Energy customers from New South Wales gave ActewAGL 3 out of 5 stars for Overall Customer Satisfaction in our consumer ratings.
What is ActewAGL? You wouldn’t be far off in assuming it has something to do with big three energy retailer AGL. Here’s what you need to know about this retailer:
ActewAGL was founded in the year 2000 when AGL and ACTEW Corporation (now Icon Water Limited) entered into a joint venture. To this day, the company is equally owned by these energy giants, taking care of over 195,000 residential and business accounts in ACT and NSW, as well as 145,000 gas accounts. It’s worth mentioning that before ActewAGL was formed, its predecessors have been around since 1915.
While this retailer is first and foremost an electricity retailer, that’s not all it offers. Below is a list of the services available to ActewAGL customers:
- Natural Gas
- Solar products
- Heating and cooling services
- Hot water systems
- Appliance services
- GreenPower plans
Through its association with energy giant AGL, ActewAGL has some investment in coal and gas-fired power stations, as well as a number of renewable energy generators. Read about that here. Here’s what’s on the retailer’s individual energy generation portfolio:
- Rooftop solar
- Solar farms
More ActewAGL Services
|Service||Does ActewAGL offer it?|
|Online chat functionality|
|24 hour call centre|
|Energy saving tips on website|
|Green energy options|
|Notifications when bill is available|
|Multiple billing options|
ActewAGL: Recent Key Dates
2000 | ACTEW Corportation and AGL join ventures to create ActewAGL
2006 | ActewAGL separates its retail and distribution entities.
2008 | ActewAGL works with the ACT Government to propose the construction of the first solar farm in the ACT.
2016 | ActewAGL partner with Capital Estate Developments to develop Australia’s first solar-powered suburb.
2019 | ActewAGL confirms building of Australia’s first capital-city located hydrogen refuelling station in the ACT.