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Energy Locals Review and Rates

Energy Locals is one of the newest and smallest electricity retailers to enter the ring, but is taking on the big guys in supplying power to homes and businesses across New South Wales, Victoria, South East Queensland, South Australia and the ACT. Energy Locals is unlike any other retailer out there, operating as not just an energy company, but also a social enterprise.

With Energy Locals, customers can opt to have a portion of the rates they are charged go towards an organisation of their choosing. Notable organisations include the McGrath Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Cancer Council to name just a few.

However, the charitable organisation you support doesn’t have to be large or well-known. In fact, nearly anyone can register their school, project, one-off fundraiser, club or charity on Energy Locals. It lets customers give back to their community or promote a cause they care about, simply by paying their electricity bills. It’s kind of like a sports club chocolate drive, but instead of buying chocolates to raise money, you sign up to an energy retailer.

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Energy Locals Prices

NSW

Here are the Energy Locals plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

Victoria

Here are the Energy Locals plans on our database for Victoria. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

QLD

Here are the Energy Locals plans on our database for SE QLD. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

SA

Here are the Energy Locals plans on our database for South Australia. These are products 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.

Energy Locals Plans

Energy Locals currently promotes two residential electricity market offers, but they may not all be available in every state. They are the Online Saver and Local Saver.

Online Saver

The Online Saver is designed to be a straightforward electricity deal with affordable rates on electricity. The deal does include a conditional credit of $84 a year for customers who pay their bills on time, however comes at the expense of a small monthly membership fee. Solar customers are also looked after on this deal, receiving a retailer funded feed-in tariff. Like the name suggests, this plan is available online only, and comes with no exit fees.

Local Saver

The Local Saver plan offers customers wholesale electricity prices, but also comes with a small monthly membership fee, which equates to $191.88 a year. Energy Locals says this fee covers the charge of running the retailer. The main benefit of the plan is that it has no exit fees and isn’t exclusive to online signups. The Local Saver has similar rates to the Online Saver.

Retired Energy Locals Products

In July 2019, Energy Locals updated its product offerings to comply with strict industry regulations. It’s worth noting that there may be customers who are still on some of the plans listed below.

Member Promise 2020

Customers on this product must pay a membership fee of $4.50 per week ($234 annually) on top of their electricity usage and supply charges. In exchange, customers receive access to Energy Locals’ lowest ‘wholesale’ rates for electricity usage and supply. Customers on this product can receive a feed-in tariff, plus there are no exit fees, so customers can come and go as they please. To top it off, prices are fixed until 2020, which means you’re protected from rising power prices.

Solar Promise 2020

This is similar to the Members Promise, but with a few tweaks to seemingly provide better value to solar customers. Once again customers pay a weekly fee of $4.50. The electricity rates on this product are slightly higher than the Member Promise 2020, however solar customers score a more generous feed-in tariff of 16c for the first 15kWh/day, which reverts to 11c after that. There are no exit fees, plus customers have their rates fixed until 2020.

Energy Locals – ‘Save me’

The ‘Save me’ was Energy Locals’ original product, however the company says that it is in the process of phasing it out. This deal promised customers that they would not have their energy rates increased for one year. It also had no conditional discounts, benefit periods, lock-in contracts or exit fees – in other words, what you saw is what you got. This removed a lot of the customer confusion surrounding convoluted energy contracts. With no exit fees or contracts, there was also nothing binding customers to Energy Locals if they gave it a try but weren’t happy with its service, or prices.

Energy Locals Rates

Below you can see the expected annual costs of the Energy Locals products in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA, straight from Canstar Blue’s comprehensive electricity price comparison too. These calculations are based on selected postcodes in each state. Use our comparison tool near the top of this review for a specific quote in your area.

Energy Locals Prices NSW

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Energy Locals Online Saver 8% Less Than Reference Price $84/year bonus credit for paying on time $1,268incl. conditional discount
Energy Locals Local Saver 6% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,376
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. October 2019.

See how Energy Locals compares to other providers in NSW with our state price comparison report.

Energy Locals Prices VIC

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
Energy Locals Online Saver 3% Less Than VDO $84/year bonus credit for paying on time $1,214incl. conditional discount
Energy Locals Local Saver 3% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,294
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. October 2019.

See how Energy Locals stacks up to other electricity retailers in the state with our Victoria cost comparison report.

Energy Locals Prices QLD

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Energy Locals Online Saver Equal To Reference Price $84/year bonus credit for paying on time $1,482incl. conditional discount
Energy Locals Local Saver Equal To Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,562
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. October 2019.

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

Energy Locals Prices SA

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Energy Locals Online Saver 2% Less Than Reference Price $84/year bonus credit for paying on time $1,822incl. conditional discount
Energy Locals Simple Saver 5% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,849
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. October 2019.

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

Energy Locals Solar Power

Energy Locals offer a fairly competitive solar feed-in tariff across the states it operates in, with the exception of Victoria, which is currently the minimum of 12c/kWh. In NSW, QLD and SA, feed-in tariffs vary from 10c/kWh to 16c/kWh, with the Local Saver plan offering higher feed-in tariff rates for the first 10kWh exported each day.

Energy Locals GreenPower

Energy Locals also offers four GreenPower plans, with the option to have 10%, 20%, 50% or 100% of your electricity usage matched with renewable electricity purchases in exchange for slightly higher rates listed below:

  • 10% GreenPower – 0.90 cents/kWh
  • 20% GreenPower – 1.80 cents/kWh
  • 50% GreenPower – 4.50 cents/kWh
  • 100% GreenPower – 9.00 cents/kWh

If minimising your carbon footprint is important to you, you’ll be interested to know that Energy Locals is a carbon neutral organisation. By purchasing and surrendering Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), recognised under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS), equal to its expected emissions over the next year, Energy Locals can boast a net carbon emission of zero. Among other things, Energy Locals’ commitment to clean energy and its competitive feed-in tariff rates earned this retailer third place in the 2018 Green Energy Guide.

Is Energy Locals right for me?

Energy Locals is first and foremost a social enterprise, giving customers a simple and manageable way of getting behind an organisation they want to support. On top of this, Energy Locals insists that it can help its customers save money with its fixed rate deals and special members rates, while also providing straightforward plans, some with bonus credits for paying on time. When comparing different providers however, be mindful of monthly membership fee that is charged to customers on the both of its market offers.

Energy Locals could be a good choice for anyone wanting to give back to a charity of their local community, but just aren’t sure how. For customers who are simply looking for the best deal on price, it’s important you compare retailers and understand your options. Get started with Canstar Blue’s reviews and ratings.

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