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, the company 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.
ActewAGL Electricity Prices ACT
Here are the ActewAGL plans on our database for the ACT. These costs are based on annual energy usage of 5499kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff, and a selected postcode in Canberra, but these prices will vary depending on your own circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of price. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals available in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.
ActewAGL Electricity Prices Queanbeyan
Here are the ActewAGL plans on our database for NSW. These costs are based on the Essential Energy network but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. 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.
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. It generally has a few market offers in each area it operates, offering discounts ranging from 12% to 15% depending on where you live. The supplier also sells natural gas in some locations and offer discounts when customers buy both their electricity and gas.
In Canberra, the first offer 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 15% discount on electricity usage charges. 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, and not all of these plans may be available at any given time. 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.
Where does ActewAGL operate?
If you’re wondering what services are available in your state, look no further than the table below. We summarise what you can expect to find 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 depending on where you live.
|Dual Fuel Discounts||15% electricity/ 15% gas||18% electricity/ 11% gas||18% electricity/ 6% gas||18% electricity|
The postcodes used to generate these dual fuel plans were 2600 in Canberra, 2620 in Queanbeyan, 2541 in Shoalhaven and 2551 in Southeast NSW. November 2020.
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, customers will receive a feed-in tariff of 8c/kWh in the ACT and 8c/kWh in NSW.
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 by having 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 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.
The 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 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 it 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 power, be sure to regularly compare electricity providers with Canstar Blue.
About the author of this page
This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Energy Specialist, Monika Gudova. An expert in all things utilities, including electricity, gas and water, Monika makes it her business to help consumers better-understand their energy options and ultimately save money. A qualified journalist, Monika is also across the latest energy news, from regulatory changes to new products and anything else you need be aware of.
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.