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GloBird Energy Review and Rates

GloBird Energy is the small electricity and gas retailer with conditional discounts, providing an alternative to the big energy companies across Victoria, NSW, QLD and SA. GloBird Energy offers a variety of products that are designed to suit the 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, and you meet the conditions of its discounts!

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.

GloBird Energy Prices

We outline GloBird Energy’s electricity plans in detail below, but what about the prices you can actually expect to pay? Here’s a quick overview.

New South Wales

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

South Australia

Here are the GloBird Energy 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.

GloBird Energy Plans

UltraSave

UltraSave is GloBird’s variable rate plan on offer in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. This product comes with no exit fees or lock-in contracts, plus a small sign-up credit. UltraSave offers additional savings for customers who pay by direct debit.

SureSave

Another plan from GloBird is ‘SureSave’, offering customers a small discount for paying on time and by direct debit. This product also has variable rates. SureSave is available NSW, QLD, SA and Victoria, and offers a small sign-up credit to customers in NSW, QLD and SA.

IdeaSave

GloBird’s unique offering to Victorian customers is the IdeaSave plan, which is a little different to its regular products, offering access to what’s known as ‘Small Ideas’ through an annual membership fee. This unlocks family discounts to a range of activities, products and venues across Australia. Aside from its small yearly membership fee, this variable rate deal also comes with a yearly loyalty credit which almost negates the cost of membership. It also includes a tiny discount for paying by direct debit.

GloSave

GloSave is a variable rate plan with no exit fees or lock-in contracts. This product offers additional savings for customers who pay on time by direct debit in the form of conditional discounts. GloSave is available to customers in NSW, QLD and SA.

Boost

Available to customers in NSW, QLD and SA, GloBird’s Boost plan offers low variable rates on an ongoing contract. This plan is claimed to be best suited to medium to large households down south, thanks to it’s lower usage rates. The Boost products also rewards customers with a small sign-up credit.

GloGreen

GloGreen is the retailer’s 100 per cent carbon neutral product, which offsets the emissions associated with a customer’s electricity usage. Similar to the plans above, this offer also comes with variable rates and a small discount off the entire bill to customers who pay via direct debit. A small sign-up credit is also available to new customers on this offer.

ComboElec

GloBird offers a higher discount for going dual fuel with the ComboElec product, where customers will receive a pay on time and direct debit discount when bundling their electricity with a gas plan. This discount will be applied just to the electricity bill, but is based on the price of the whole bill rather than just usage charges.

SureSave Combo

Exclusive to Victoria, the SureSave Combo is aligned with the state’s default pricing. It comes with a small pay on time discount when customers bundle electricity with gas and a further marginal discount is available when bills are paid by direct debit.

Where does GloBird Energy operate?

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

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

GloBird Electricity Prices

So, which GloBird electricity deal is right for your household? To find out, Canstar Blue has calculated the annual cost of each GloBird product on market. For a specific quote for your suburb, use our energy comparison tool above.

GloBird Energy Prices NSW

In the table below, we show GloBird Energy 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 $1,393/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Boost 17% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,153
UltraSave 16% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 17% less than VDO for paying by direct debit $1,162incl. conditional discount
GloSave 16% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 17% less than VDO for paying by direct debit $1,163incl. conditional discount
GloGreen 9% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 10% less than VDO for paying by direct debit $1,248incl. conditional discount
SureSave 4% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 5% less than VDO for paying by direct debit $1,327
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. January 2022.

See how GloBird Energy compares to other providers with our NSW price comparison report.

GloBird Energy Prices VIC

In the table below, we show GloBird Energy 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 $1,307/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
IdeaSave 19% Less Than VDO Reduces to 20% less than VDO for paying by direct debit $1,046incl. conditional discount
SureSave Equal to VDO Reduces to 1% less than VDO for paying by direct debit $1,294incl. conditional discount
GloGreen 3% More Than VDO Reduces to 2% more than VDO for paying by direct debit $1,338incl. 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. January 2022.

See how GloBird Energy compares to other electricity providers in the state with our Victoria electricity price comparison.

GloBird Energy Prices QLD

In the table below, we show GloBird Energy 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 $1,455/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Boost 17% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discount $1,214
GloSave 14% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 15% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,231
UltraSave 12% Less than Reference Price Reduces to 13% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,265incl. conditional discount
GloGreen 8% Less than Reference Price Reduces to 9% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,332incl. conditional discount
SureSave 4% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 5% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,389incl. conditional discount
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. January 2022.

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

GloBird Energy Prices SA

In the table below, we show GloBird Energy 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 $1,716/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Boost 17% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discount $1,428
GloSave 15% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 16% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,445incl. conditional discount
GloGreen 10% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 11% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,532incl. conditional discount
UltraSave 3% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 4% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,644incl. conditional discount
SureSave 3% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 4% less than Reference Price for paying by direct debit $1,646incl. conditional discount
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000Wh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in  Adelaide, but prices will differ between distribution areas. January 2022.

Check out how GloBird compares to the rest of the competition by reviewing our SA price comparison report.

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. 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.

GloBird Energy Gas

GloBird Energy also sells natural gas in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA. It offers gas customers a few options to choose from:

  • GloSave: This plan provides a direct debit discount off the entire bill (daily charge and gas usage) and a small sign-up credit for new customers, depending on the state.
  • UltraSave: This plan has variable rates, a small discount for paying bills by direct debit and a small sign-up credit for new customers, depending on location.
  • Boost: Available to customers in SA, QLD and Victoria, Boost is a simple, low variable rate plan. It is claimed to be great for medium to large households as it offers lower usage rates.
  • GloGreen: This is the retailer’s 100 per cent carbon neutral product, which offsets the emissions associated with a customer’s gas usage. Like the plans mentioned above, this offer also comes with variable rates and a small discount off the entire bill to customers who pay via direct debit.
  • Combo UltraSave: A small but larger conditional discount offered than the standard UltraSave plan, when customers combine gas with electricity.
  • Combo SureSave: Basic pricing offered with variable rates, with discounts for bundling with electricity and paying on time by direct debit.

GloBird claims to offer some of the cheapest gas rates in Victoria. But similar to its electricity plans, GloBird has a habit of changing its gas prices more frequently than most retailers.

GloBird Billing

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-fashioned, 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.

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About the author of this page

Jared Mullane

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Energy Editor, 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.

How do customers rate GloBird Energy?

Electricity customers in Victoria gave GloBird Energy 4 out of 5 stars for overall satisfaction in our customer ratings report.

GloBird Energy Electricity Victoria

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GloBird Energy Facts

GloBird Energy refers to itself as a ‘budget energy company” that offers Aussies “more choice and better value”. Here’s more on the retailer:

About GloBird Energy

GloBird Energy was established in 2014, landing its headquarters in Melbourne, Victoria. It’s 100% Australian-operated and privately owned. The company sells electricity and gas to customers in Victoria, NSW, QLD and SA, claiming to have some of the cheapest rates available in each state.

GloBird Energy Services

As mentioned above, GloBird sells two products to its customer base. They are:

  • Electricity
  • Natural Gas

More GloBird Energy Services

Service Does Globird Energy 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

GloBird Energy: Recent Key Dates

2014 | GloBird Energy starts selling power and gas in Victoria.

2018 | Globird Energy partners with Shanghai based CLPS corporation to provide a QR Code billing option for mobile payments.

2018 | The AER grants an electricity retailer authorisation as well as a gas retailer authorisation to GloBird Energy.

2020 | GloBird Energy begins retailing electricity and gas in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.