AGL Energy Review and Rates

Integrated energy company AGL is one of Australia’s oldest companies, originally established as the ‘Australian Gas Light Company’ to bring power to Sydney in 1837 – hence the AGL acronym. It’s now one of the biggest electricity and gas retailers in the country, with millions of gas and electricity customers.

Operating primarily in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and South East Queensland, AGL provides its customers with a wide range of electricity and gas services. It has also recently launched in the WA natural gas market and is one of the country’s leading providers of solar-specific energy plans. AGL also claims to “operate the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio, [and] are its largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy.”

When it comes to its energy plans, customers are drawn to AGL through its partnership with flybuys, the AGL rewards program, online sign-up bonuses, and fixed rate power plans that see households lock in competitive rates for a set period of time.

In this review, Canstar Blue will examine AGL’s electricity plans, rates, discounts and incentives, showing what you can expect to pay if you sign up.

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AGL Electricity Prices

We outline AGL’s electricity plans in detail below to give you an insight into what you’ll actually pay. Read on for all the details, but first, here is a quick price comparison.

Victoria

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for Victoria. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne 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.

NSW

Here are the AGL Energy plans 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

Queensland

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. These costs are based on the Energex energy network in Brisbane 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. 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.

South Australia

Here are the AGL Energy plans 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.

AGL Energy Plans

AGL offers a concise range of residential energy plans to suit varying preferences, with prospective customers able to sign up online or by calling the AGL customer service line. Currently, AGL has a range of fixed and variable rate plans with a range of extra value-add incentives.

  1. AGL Essentials
  2. AGL Essentials Plus
  3. AGL Essentials Saver

Customers additionally have the choice of adding one of AGL’s green products to their electricity plan, with AGL sourcing power equal to 10, 20 or 100 per cent of the customer’s entire household electricity consumption from renewable energy sources, approved under the GreenPower voluntary government accredited program. While all AGL market offers come with a solar feed-in tariff (FiT), the retailer reserves its most generous FiTs to those who sign up to ones of its solar-specific plans, which typically come with higher usage charges.

AGL’s residential market offer energy plans, which vary state by state, include:

AGL Essentials

As the name suggests, the AGL Essentials is a fixed rate plan with no flashy discounts or exit fees. The Essentials plan comes with competitive usage and supply rates for 12 months, and also has no exit fees. It also offers up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months when you sign up online. You’ll also get access to AGL Rewards. This plan is only available in Victoria.

AGL Essentials Plus

The ‘Essentials Plus’ plan comes with fixed rates for two years rather than just 12 months, but also has no discounts. What it does have, however, is a $75 online sign-up credit and a $40 yearly bill credit. This product also offers up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months and access to AGL Rewards. This plan exists in NSW, QLD and SA.

AGL Essentials Saver

The AGL Essentials saver is the retailer’s newest plan, working out to be similar to the plan above – just without the fixed rates. When signing up online, this plan offers a $75 bill credit off your first bill. This plan has slightly lower rates than Essentials Plus.

AGL Seniors

A low rate energy plan for concession card holders in VIC, NSW and QLD. One plan comes with fixed usage and supply rates for two years, while the AGL Seniors Plus gives eligible customers bill credits rather than discounts when signing up. Depending on which state you live in, the bill credits will vary.

Where does AGL Energy operate?

If you’re wondering what services AGL is offering in your state, look no further than the table below. We summarise what you can expect to find from AGL in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT and WA.

State Electricity? Gas?
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
TAS

AGL Electricity Prices

AGL is generally a competitively-priced electricity retailer, often with great conditional value-add incentives like bill credits and flybuys points. Incentives aside, customers should also look out for other features of energy plans, such as competitive usage and supply rates. Be sure to pay close attention to which plans are available in your area because the cheapest product in one state may not be the best bet in another state.

To offer a guide as to where AGL sits among the cheapest energy companies in your state, Canstar Blue regularly compares electricity plans to show what households can expect to pay. The following annual costs for AGL are based on single rate tariffs and average energy consumption figures for households in each state. We show plans that are currently publicly available.

AGL Electricity Prices Victoria

In the table below, we show AGL prices on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the VDO is $1,334/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
AGL Essentials Saver 10% Less than VDO No conditional discounts $1,201
AGL Essentials 8% Less than VDO No conditional discounts $1,227
Energy Fact Sheets

~Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices will differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

See our Victorian electricity price report to see how AGL compares to other retailers in the state.

AGL Electricity Prices NSW

In the table below, we show AGL prices on the Ausgrid network in Sydney. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,467/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
AGL Essentials Saver 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,276
AGL Essentials Plus 12% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,290
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

See how AGL compares to other power providers in NSW with our state price comparison report.

AGL Electricity Prices QLD

In the table below, we show AGL prices on the Energex network in Brisbane. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,570/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
AGL Essentials Saver 12% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,382
AGL Essentials Plus 8% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,437
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4600Wh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Energex network in Brisbane, but prices will differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

How does AGL compare to other retailers in Queensland? See our QLD price comparison page.

AGL Electricity Prices SA

In the table below, we show AGL prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,941/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
AGL Essentials Saver 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,688
AGL Essentials Plus 12% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,708
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

How does AGL stack up in South Australia? Find out with our SA price comparison report.

Retired AGL Energy Products

In July 2019, AGL made changes to its product offerings to comply with regulatory changes, however some customers may still be on one of the retired plans noted below.

AGL Savers

This was, for some time, one of AGL’s flagship, big discount electricity plans on the east coast. This variable rate plan saw its pay on time discount reach more than 30%, with a 12 month benefit period before the discount disappeared.

AGL Smart Saver

Depending on which state you lived in, the AGL Smart Saver featured a small guaranteed discount off both usage and supply charges. The plan also offered 10,000 flybuys points for signing up online and access to AGL Rewards.

AGL Savers Home Connect

The AGL Savers Home Connect was similar to the Savers plan, but had a smaller discount. Instead, the Savers Home Connect discount applied to both usage and supply charges for a benefit period of 24 months, plus it came with an Amazon Echo Dot smart device when customers signed up online.

AGL Everyday

This plan featured a small discount but it applied to both usage and supply charges. In addition, the discount was also guaranteed, meaning customers would still receive a percentage off their bill even if payment was made a little late.

AGL Prepaid

AGL customers in Victoria had access to a prepaid plan, allowing payment of electricity in advance, with greater savings depending on how much was spent in advance. For example, customers who pay $50 upfront will receive a bonus credit of $10. See here for more details.

Solar Power with AGL

AGL Solar ended its residential installation service in 2018, however AGL says it still continues to help customers get started with solar and battery storage through third-party partners.

Residential customers in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia who already have solar can sign up to AGL’s Solar Savers deal. This plan rewards solar customers with a feed in tariff of between 17c/kWh and 21c/kWh. Better yet, you’re not locked in with this contract, so there’s little risk if you give this deal a try and decide it’s not for you. AGL may also apply an sign-up credit to your bill when joining online.

AGL also offers a smaller feed-in tariff on its non-solar products between. You can read our full review of AGL solar here.

AGL Natural Gas

As the ‘Australian Gas Lighting’ company, AGL sells natural gas across the country, offering a suite of different products with large discounts and competitive rates. AGL’s currently available residential gas plans include:

  • AGL Essentials Saver
  • AGL Essentials
  • AGL Essentials Plus

You may also be on one of these plans:

  • AGL Smart Saver
  • AGL Savers
  • AGL Set and Forget
  • AGL Fixed Rate

AGL Essentials Saver (natural gas)

The AGL Essentials Saver has variable rates on an ongoing contract. Customers can expect access to AGL rewards and up to 5,000 flybuys bonus points over 15 months, when they sign up online.

AGL Essentials (natural gas)

This is a fixed rate plan, meaning gas prices won’t change for the one-year life of the contract. Customers on AGL Essentials will also receive up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months when signing up online. This plan is only available to Victorians.

AGL Essentials Plus (natural gas)

Similar to the standard Essentials plan, the AGL Essentials Plus sees rated locked in- but for 24 months rather than just one year. The plan also includes 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months, when you sign up online, plus $20 bill credit every six months during the two-year contract. Customers in NSW, QLD and SA will also get a $75 online sign-up credit on their first bill.

AGL’s WA Gas Plans

AGL Savers (natural gas)

Only offered in Western Australia, AGL Savers is a variable rate gas plan with a generous pay on time discount off gas usage charges. The discount has been known to reach as high as 43%. The product comes with 10,000 flybuys points when signing up online, and gives customers one month of free gas.

AGL Set & Forget (natural gas)

Exclusive to WA customers, this variable rate product features a large discount off usage charges if bills are paid via direct debit. This discount has topped out at 44% off usage charges! The plan also includes 10,000 flybuys points when signing up online, as well as one month of gas free.

AGL Rewards

AGL customers can join the AGL Rewards program, comprising special offers, discounts and benefits at over 1,600 participating businesses nationally, including discounts on a range of popular gift cards, as well as discounted movie tickets, up to 50% off at selected restaurants, discounted travel and accommodation, and reduced prices for certain attractions and theme parks.

AGL also provides its customers the opportunity to collect flybuys shopping rewards program points via a number of different offers. By signing up online, new customers can earn up to 5,000 bonus points over 15 months.

AGL Billing

In terms of invoice payments, AGL offers a range of options, with customers able to pay via the AGL website by either credit card or PayPal, by direct debit, BPay, Post Billpay, or in person at Australia Post offices, via post by cheque or money order.

AGL’s Bill Smoothing provides for the estimated total cost of a customer’s energy bills for the next year to be spread across equal monthly or fortnightly instalments, with weekly instalments also potentially available for direct debit customers.

AGL Online Tools

AGL provides a variety of tools for account management, with AGL Energy Online allowing customers to view and monitor their energy usage and bill details, receive bills via email, update personal details and organise a home or small business move. Customers can also manage their account via the AGL Energy app.

Is AGL right for me?

As one of Australia’s largest energy companies, AGL is well-resourced to deliver competitive rates, plenty of value-add incentives, and a quality service to its customers. While AGL is not always the cheapest, it is one of few energy retailers with a rewards program and 24/7 phone support, which may provide additional ‘value’ depending on what kind of retailer you’re looking for. If you want to remain with AGL long-term, you may need to make the occasional phone call to ensure you’re still getting its cheapest offer.

AGL can probably be considered a safe bet for anyone wanting a reliable and well-rounded energy service, however, you will probably need to shop around if you’re looking for the cheapest electricity deal possible.

How do customers rate AGL?

In 2019, electricity customers in New South Wales gave AGL 4 out of 5 stars for overall satisfaction in our customer ratings report.

AGL Electricity NSW

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Award: Overall Satisfaction

AGL Energy Rates

Here are the rates attached to the AGL plans available on our database. Keep in mind that rates don’t always represent the full value of a plan as they don’t take into account potential discounts or bonus credits, so it’s still important you do your own research before making the switch to any which plan.

AGL Energy Rates VIC

AGL Energy Plan General Usage Rate Daily Supply Charge Important
Essentials Saver 20.92 ¢/kWh 99.50 ¢/day Energy Price Fact Sheet
Essentials 21.38 ¢/kWh 101.71 ¢/day Energy Price Fact Sheet

Rates from Citipower network in Melbourne. Rates last updated November 2019. Use our comparison tool for specific details in your area.

AGL Energy Rates NSW

AGL Energy Plan General Usage Rate Daily Supply Charge Important
Essentials Saver 25.36 ¢/kWh 78.47 ¢/day Basic Plan Information
Essentials Plus 26.43 ¢/kWh 81.80 ¢/day Basic Plan Information

Rates from Ausgrid network in Sydney. Rates last updated November 2019. Use our comparison tool for specific details in your area.

AGL Energy Rates QLD

AGL Energy Plan General Usage Rate Daily Supply Charge Important
Essentials Saver 22.58 ¢/kWh 93.90 ¢/day Basic Plan Information
Essentials Plus 24.20 ¢/kWh 99.23 ¢/day Basic Plan Information

Rates from Energex network in Brisbane. Rates last updated November 2019. Use our comparison tool for specific details in your area.

AGL Energy Rates SA

AGL Energy Plan General Usage Rate Daily Supply Charge Important
Essentials Saver 35.12 ¢/kWh 77.52 ¢/day Basic Plan Information
Essentials Plus 36.36 ¢/kWh 80.23 ¢/day Basic Plan Information

Rates from SA Power network in Adelaide. Rates last updated November 2019. Use our comparison tool for specific details in your area.

AGL Energy Facts

AGL is one of the ‘big three’ energy retailers in Australia, dominating the electricity and gas markets with its large share of customers. Here are a few things to know about AGL:

About AGL

AGL Energy has more than 3.6 million electricity and gas customers in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Its headquarters is in North Sydney, but it has offices around Australia. Whilst AGL itself seems to have a short history, founded back in 2006, it actually dates back to 1837 when it was better-known as the Australian Gas Light Company. Nowadays, AGL is an ASX listed business, meaning its ownership is mixed among many shareholders, both in Australia and overseas.

AGL Power Generation

Something unique about AGL is that it’s an energy company committed to exiting its coal-fired power generation by 2050, and along with its current coal and gas stations, it invests in a number of renewable energy sources. Its energy generation mix consists of:

  • Coal and gas-fired power stations
  • Hydroelectric power stations
  • Wind farms
  • Solar plants

AGL Services

AGL isn’t just an electricity retailer, it sells:

  • Electricity – in NSW, VIC, QLD & SA
  • Natural Gas – in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA & WA
  • Solar – in NSW, VIC, QLD & SA

AGL also offers GreenPower on some of its plans, which is a government accredited program in which the retailer supports renewable energy generation on your behalf. You can choose to have either 10%, 20% or 100% of your electricity usage carbon offset by the purchase of large-scale renewable energy certificates through this program. Be mindful that adding GreenPower to your plan isn’t free, and how much you pay ultimately depends on how much of your usage you plan to offset.

More AGL Services

Service Does AGL 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

This information has been sourced from the AGL website.

AGL: Recent Key Dates

2012 | AGL acquired the Loy Yang coal mine and power station.

2014 | AGL acquired Macquarie Generation, which owns a number of coal-fired power stations and gas turbines, making up 12% of the National Electricity Market.

2015 | AGL announced its intentions to close the Liddell Power Station in NSW.

2016 | AGL created the ‘Powering Australian Renewables Fund’, which will develop more than 1,000MW of renewable energy projects.

2017 | AGL announced it is getting out of coal by 2050.

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