CovaU Energy Review and Rates

CovaU sells a variety of products including electricity, gas, insurance and mobile services, making it a convenient option for customers that want to bundle their utility services. CovaU claims to offer honest service, competitive energy rates and simplified monthly billing to make household budgeting much easier.

In this review, Canstar Blue takes a closer look at CovaU’s electricity and gas products, including what they offer and how much it will cost a typical household.

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CovaU Electricity Prices

We take a look at CovaU’s electricity plans in detail below to provide an insight into what you’ll actually pay in each state this retailer operates in. Here’s a quick overview of prices, but keep reading for further information about this retailer’s products and services.

Victoria

Here are the CovaU 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 CovaU 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 CovaU plans on our database for SE QLD. 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 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.

CovaU Energy Plans

CovaU has different offers depending on the state. It offers the ‘Freedom Plus’ deal to New South Wales and Queensland customers, while Victorians have the ‘Super Saver’ and ‘Smart Saver’.

Freedom Plus – New South Wales, Queensland

There are two types of Freedom Plus plan: The standard ‘Freedom Plus’ and the ‘Freedom Solar’. The Freedom Plus comes with an ongoing guaranteed discount off both usage and supply charges.

The Freedom Solar is again similar, however this product come with an 8.5c/kWh feed-in tariff for solar customers. All CovaU products have the same usage and supply rates, meaning there’s virtually no difference in the expected cost of these products before discounts. Therefore it is important to look at the terms, benefit periods and discount conditions to find which is the best match for you.

Smart Saver – Victoria

This is a 12 month variable rate contract. It comes with a pay on time discount off usage charges, plus a bonus discount if you pay by direct debit. There are no exit fees for customers who want to leave early. There is also a ‘Smart Saver Solar’ deal where customers receive a 10.91c/kWh feed-in tariff.

CovaU also has default offers in NSW, Victoria and Queensland but these work out considerably more expensive.

Where does CovaU operate?

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

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

CovaU Electricity Rates

CovaU might be a small retailer, but that doesn’t make it any less capable of delivering a great deal on energy. Using Canstar Blue’s electricity comparison tool, we have calculated how much it might cost the average household on a single rate tariff at a selected postcode in each state. Use our comparison tool above for a specific quote in your area.

CovaU Electricity Rates VIC

In the table below, we show Powerdirect 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 for a residential customer on a single rate tariff, meaning the VDO is $1,420/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
CovaU Victorian Default Offer Equal to VDO No Conditional Discounts $1,420
CovaU Smart Saver 8% More Than VDO Reduces to 4% more than VDO for direct debit $1,473incl. conditional discount
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 differ between distribution areas. November 2020.

How does this company stack up on price in Victoria? Find out with our VIC price comparison page.

CovaU Electricity Rates NSW

In the table below, we show CovaU 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 for a residential customer on a single rate tariff, meaning the Reference Price is $1,462/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
CovaU Freedom Plus 20% Less Than Reference Price No Conditional Discounts $1,164
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 2020.

See how it compares to other energy providers in NSW with our state price comparison report.

CovaU Electricity Rates QLD

In the table below, we show CovaU 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 for a residential customer on a single rate tariff, meaning the Reference Price is $1,508/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
CovaU Freedom Plus 17% Less Than Reference Price No Conditional Discounts $1,252
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Energex network in Brisbane, but prices differ between distribution areas. November 2020.

Have a look at our QLD price comparison report to see how CovaU stacks up in the Sunshine State.

Retired CovaU Products

Super Saver – Victoria

Smart Saver customers in Victoria will receive a 30% guaranteed discount on their usage charges, with an extra 4% available when customers agree to pay by direct debit. This discount runs over a 12 month benefit period.

Solar Power with CovaU

Customers with solar systems can choose the ‘Freedom Solar’ in New South Wales or the ‘Smart Saver Solar’ in Victoria, both of which offer reasonable feed-in tariffs.

  • NSW: 8.5c/kWh
  • VIC: 12c/kWh
  • QLD: 11c/kWh

CovaU Natural Gas Plans

In addition to electricity and other utilities, CovaU also offers natural gas plans in NSW, Victoria, and most recently, QLD.

Freedom / Freedom Plus (Natural Gas)

Available to customers in Queensland and New South Wales, the CovaU Freedom/Freedom Plus is a no lock-in contract, offering a guaranteed discount off the whole bill (usage and supply charges). There may also be promotional sign-up credits for customers who sign up online, however these incentives may not be available in all areas or at all times.

Smart Saver (Natural Gas)

Like the Freedom gas plan, the Smart Saver is exclusive to Victorian customers. It is a no lock-in contract which also offers $50 off your first bill when signing up online, however this credit may not be offered at all times.

CovaU Rewards

CovaU has a rewards program available to all its customers which gives customers access to thousands of special discounts and exclusive deals across the following categories:

  • Dining
  • Gift Cards
  • Cinemas
  • Activities, events and theme parks
  • Health and Lifestyle (including gyms, spas, physio etc)
  • Travel and Accommodation

CovaU Rewards is completely free and is available to customers after paying their first invoice. Customers who refer a friend to the company may also receive a $50 Eftpos gift card when they sign up to a 24 month contract.

CovaU Billing

When it comes time to pay your energy bill, the retailer allows payment a few different ways for your convenience.

  • Credit Card: Visa and MasterCard only
  • Direct Debit: Set up automatic debits from your nominated bank account
  • BPAY: Make payment using the biller code and BPAY reference number on the invoice
  • By Mail: Send a cheque or money order with your invoice number attached to CovaU
  • Post Billpay: Make a Post Billpay payment (0.82% transaction fee applies to credit card payments)
  • In Person: Pay your invoice at a local Australia Post Office (transaction fees apply)

CovaU Online Tools

Unlike some other energy retailers in the market, CovaU only offers the bare minimum of online tools and resources. You can, however, browse energy saving tips, read frequently asked questions and utilise their online chat.

Is CovaU right for you?

CovaU is a perfectly viable choice of electricity retailer for most households, working out more affordable than a lot of other energy companies, according to Canstar Blue’s database. However, there may be cheaper options out there depending on your location and usage habits. You should also consider how much you could benefit from CovaU Rewards.

At the end of the day, the decision is yours. Try not to get caught up in the big marketing pitches – think about how you use energy and whether a retailer suits your needs. You can see what other customers have to say about their electricity retailers using Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction ratings.

About the author of this page

Jared Mullane

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Energy Specialist, Jared Mullane. He’s an expert in all things utilities, including electricity, gas and water, helping to make complicated subjects easier to understand for consumers. A trained journalist, Jared is usually one of the first to break energy-related news, whether it’s the latest changes in the industry, price movements, or the next best deal you need to know about.

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