GloBird Energy Review and Rates
GloBird Energy is the small electricity and gas retailer with massive discounts, providing an alternative to the big energy companies across Victoria. GloBird Energy offers a variety of products that are designed to suit the energy needs of different kinds of customers, making it a strong-value retailer so long as you know which offer is the best match for you.
In this review, Canstar Blue assesses whether GloBird Energy is right for your power supply, and if so, which GloBird product might be the cheapest option.
Compare GloBird Electricity Plans
GloBird Energy Plans
GloBird Energy’s residential electricity product range is equipped to suit a variety of needs. The retailer has plans suited for households with low or medium usage, or very high energy consumption, as well as options to help solar power customers get a higher return on their investment. Read on for specific details. Here are the current prices on our database, based on a typical three person household living on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Use our comparison tool for pricing in your area. Annual cost estimates exclude solar payments.
|Brand||Features||Benefit Period||Annual Cost**|
|View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue||**^^View important information|
The GloSave plan is offering up to a 31% discount on your entire bill, not just the usage charges. This discount is comprised of a 30% pay on time discount and a bonus 1% discount for customers who pay their bills by direct debit. Like all GloBird market offers, this is a variable rate contract with no exit fees, meaning customers are free to leave at any time. GloBird recommends this product for low to average energy users.
This is GloBird’s latest and typically cheapest product. Unlike the GloSave and Boost plans below, the EasySave doesn’t have a conditional discount, instead offering low basic rates, so your savings are guaranteed. The catch is that in order to sign on to this deal, customers must accept email billing and e-communications, and pay their bills using credit card direct debit (this does not include bank account direct debiting).
The Boost deal gives customers up to a massive 40% discount on electricity usage charges. This discount is comprised of a 39% discount for paying bills on time, plus a bonus 1% for paying via direct debit. Because the discount applies to usage charges only, GloBird only recommends this product for large households with above average energy usage.
GloBird recommends its Boost product for households using more than:
|CitiPower||(City & Inner Suburbs)||812 KWh per month|
|United Energy||(South Suburbs & Mornington)||924 KWh per month|
|Jemena||(North & North West Suburbs)||922 KWh per month|
|PowerCor||(Western Suburbs & Victoria)||659 KWh per month|
|Ausnet||(Northern & Eastern Victoria)||600 KWh per month|
Households using less electricity than this may be better suited to the GloSave or EasySave products. GloBird has an online calculator to help you determine which plan might be best for you, based on previous usage information.
The Boost product is currently not available.
This plan is for GloBird customers with solar systems. It includes a retailer-funded feed-in tariff of 15c/kWh for the first 10kWh of solar export per day, plus 10c/kWh for any excess. It also comes with the maximum conditional discount of 35% on your entire bills. Similar to GloSave, this discount is comprised of a 34% pay on time discount and a 1% direct debit discount. This plan is currently not available.
The Solar Basic plan is an additional product that is applied on top of one of GloBird’s other existing products. It gives customers with solar panels a 10c/kWh feed-in tariff.
GloBird Electricity Rates
So, which GloBird electricity deal is right for your household? To find out, Canstar Blue has calculated the annual cost of each GloBird product – including its standing offer. In the below calculations, we assume the property is situated on the Citipower distribution network and has the average energy consumption habits of a three-person household, living at a selected postcode. For a specific quote for your suburb, use our energy comparison tool above.
GloBird Energy Prices
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*Costs based on annual usage calculations using statistics from AER for a three-person household on the Citipower network, March 2019.
Our calculations for a three-person household suggest that the EasySave currently works out to be the cheapest of the two market offers – thanks to its cheaper base pricing. The catch, of course, is that you’ll have to pay by direct debut using a credit card, so it’s not for everyone!
It’s worth noting that GloBird has a habit of changing prices quite frequently, so another product may work out cheaper in the near future.
Consider EasySave if:
- You have a credit card and are comfortable with having bills direct debited
- You prefer e-correspondence and billing to traditional forms of communication
Consider GloSave if:
- You’re a small to medium sized household with low or average energy usage
- You always pay your bills on time
Consider Boost if:
- You live in a large household with much higher energy usage than average
- You always pay your bills on time
What we are trying to stress is that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to energy. Compare rates, discounts, conditions and services to insure you receive the product best suited to your needs. To see how GloBird compares to other power companies, check out our Victorian price comparison report.
GloBird Energy Gas
GloBird Energy also sells natural gas to Victorian households. It offers gas customers three options to choose from:
- GloSave: This plan provides a 31% pay on time discount off the entire bill (daily charge and gas usage), including the extra 1% for making direct debt. Or 30% pay on time discount without direct debit.
- EasySave: Like the electricity version, this product “keeps costs at a minimum and passes on the savings”. This plan requires direct debit with credit card, email billing and e-communications (email & SMS).
- ComboGas: If you get both your gas and electricity from GloBird, you could get 33% off your gas bill by paying on time and by direct debit.
GloBird claims to offer some of the cheapest gas rates in the state. But similar to its electricity plans, GloBird has a habit of changing its gas prices more frequently than most retailers.
GloBird has several hassle-free ways for customers to pay their bills. Customers can:
- Pay online – Simply visit the GloBird Energy website
- Bpay – Enter the biller code and your unique customer reference number on your bill to pay using Bpay
- Direct debit – Customers can organise their bill to be directly debited from their credit card or bank account
- Phone – You can pay by phone by calling the 1300 number on the GloBird website
- Mail – If you’re old-fasioned, then you can mail a cheque to GloBird with your customer reference number attached
- In-Store – Bills can also be paid at the Post Office or any Commonwealth Bank branch.
Is GloBird Energy right for me?
GloBird Energy is a competitive retailer with a number of perfectly viable options. If you’re considering signing up, it’s important you have a firm understanding of your energy consumption, otherwise talk to someone from GloBird to find the most suitable deal for you. Signing up to a mismatched product could result in you paying more than you need to. GloBird is not alone in that it offers its cheapest rates with a no discount plan, but it is rather unique in regards to the conditions it sets to achieve the best price (i.e. paying by credit card direct debit).
The moral of the story is to look beyond the massive headline discounts. This applies to all retailers, not just GloBird. Read the energy price factsheets, check the rates, understand the terms, and weigh up the pros and cons of different products and retailers before deciding which might be the best bet for you.
How do customers rate GloBird Energy?
In 2019, electricity customers in Victoria gave GloBird Energy 4 out of 5 stars for overall satisfaction in our customer ratings report.