Click Energy vs AGL: Electricity plan comparison

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AGL and Click Energy are two very different electricity retailers. While AGL is one of the largest energy companies in Australia, Click Energy is a relatively small provider that takes a different approach with its online business model. In this review, we compare products and prices to see which retailer offers the best deals and cheapest rates where you live.

Because electricity plans and prices vary considerably across different areas, we’ll compare AGL and Click Energy on a state-by-state basis. The states these companies service are Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The purpose of this comparison is to give you an idea of which of these retailers might better suit you. Prices and products frequently change, so while this information is correct at the time of writing, be sure to read the respective energy price fact sheets before making any decision. You can see up-to-date prices via our energy comparison tool below:

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AGL

AGL is one of Australia’s largest integrated energy companies, generating and selling electricity and gas for over a century. AGL is usually a safe bet as its huge market share allows it to offer reasonable value without relying on gimmicks or huge headline discounts. Customers in some states might even be able to score some bonus credit toward their bill when they first sign up.

AGL Products

AGL likes to mix up its product range from time to time, but the core products that it usually offers are as follows.

  • AGL Set & Forget: This product is for customers who would prefer not to think about their bills too often. Customers who sign up to this deal and pay via direct debit receive a discount of up to 38% off usage charges for 12 months, depending on your location. AGL does not currently promote this offer.
  • AGL Savers: This product is suited for customers who want a great discount, but would prefer not to pay via direct debit. If you pay your bills on time, you’ll receive up to 33% off your usage charges for 12 months, depending on your location.
  • AGL Savers Home Connect: This product is similar to the AGL Savers. The key difference is that it has a smaller discount, however, it also comes with an Amazon Echo smart home device.
  • AGL Everyday: While the plans mentioned above all come with discounts off usage charges only, the Everyday plan includes a discount off the entire bill. Discounts are typically smaller, but can prove just as beneficial overall. This plan seems to come and go on occasion, but is ordinarily available in all states.
  • AGL Essentials: A fixed-rate deal whereby usage and supply rates are locked in for 12 months. There is no conditional discount and no exit fees. This deal has lower rates than most other AGL products, meaning it is one of the retailer’s cheapest deals.

AGL Solar

While AGL doesn’t have dedicated solar products, customers with solar panels can sign up to one of the above mentioned plans and receive a feed-in tariff for the solar they export. The feed in tariff depends on your state, but is the same across all its products.

  • Queensland: 10.6c/kWh
  • New South Wales: 11.1c/kWh
  • Victoria: 11.3c/kWh
  • South Australia: 16.3c/kWh

Click Energy

Click Energy is a 100% Australian-based online electricity retailer. It says this online model means it has low overheads, which it says allows it to pass savings onto customers. Click Energy has a huge range of electricity products, and while its base rates are usually quite high, it compensates for this with large conditional discounts on your entire bill – not just the usage charges. Discounts are also ongoing, rather than just for 12 months as is the case with AGL and many other major retailers.

Click Energy Products

Click Energy has plenty of products to suit the needs of a variety of customers. Keep in mind that some products may not be available in your area and some listed on its website are no longer offered to new customers. Like AGL, Click Energy also likes to change up its product range from time to time. Its core offers are listed below.

  • Agate: This plan is available across most states and includes a conditional discount of up to 35% depending on where you live. The discount applies to usage and supply charges and is dependent on paying bills on time, by approved payment methods and receiving bills by email.
  • Pearl: The latest Click Energy offering, this deal is currently offered in Queensland where it comes with a conditional discount of 27% off usage and supply charges.
  • Move: This product is similar to the Agate, and appears to offer the same rates. The key difference is that this product has a much smaller discount on the entire bill.
  • Natural: This product does not include a discount and has higher rates than most other Click products. Regardless, environmentally conscious customers may still prefer this deal as Click claims it allows customers to reduce their emissions by 25%.

Click Solar Range

Click Energy’s range of solar products is geared toward customers looking to make the most out of their solar system. Each product includes a retailer-funded feed-in tariff, as well as a reasonable discount on both usage and supply charges when you meet the conditions. While products are consistent across the states, their specific details vary.

NSW Solar

  • Solar Light: 18% discount and 12c/kWh feed-in tariff
  • Click Solar: 11% discount and 17c/kWh feed-in tariff

QLD Solar

  • Solar Light: 10% discount and 8c/kWh feed-in tariff
  • Click Solar: 7% discount and 12c/kWh feed-in tariff
  • Solar Bright: 0% discount and 16c/kWh feed-in tariff

Victoria Solar

  • Solar Light: 12% discount and 12c/kWh feed-in tariff
  • Click Solar: 5% discount and 18c/kWh feed-in tariff

South Australia solar

  • Solar Light: 24% discount and 15c/kWh feed-in tariff.
  • Click Solar: 16% discount and 22c/kWh feed-in tariff

AGL vs Click Energy: Who’s cheapest in Victoria?

While both retailers have a few plans in Victoria, we will compare the cheapest plans on our database. So which retailer works out cheaper? We have compared costs for an average three person household at a selected postcode in Melbourne. For a specific quote in your area, use our energy comparison tool.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost*
Victoria AGL Essentials 0% $1,212.22
Victoria Click Energy Click Agate 27% $1,149.06

*Costs based on yearly usage calculation using consumption figures from the AER for a three person household on the Citipower network. 

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Click Energy currently works out marginally cheaper than AGL, according to our calculations. But keep in mind that prices vary depending on your distribution network. See how these two electricity retailers compare to other companies in our Victoria price comparison.

AGL vs Click Energy: Who’s cheapest in NSW?

Again, let’s compare the cheapest offers from both retailers. Click Energy’s Agate plan offers 35% off usage and supply charges, while AGL’s Essentials deal has no conditional discount. Given the large discount, it might seem natural to assume that Click Energy is cheaper, especially as its discount applies to both usage and supply. However, it’s imperative to also consider the rates before applying discounts. To see which is cheaper, we’ve calculated annual costs for households in a selected Sydney suburb. Use our comparison tool for a quote in your area.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost*
NSW AGL Essentials 0% $1,536.61
NSW Click Energy Click Agate 35% $1,603.04

*Costs based on yearly usage calculation using consumption figures from the AER for a three person household on the Ausgrid network. 

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Our calculations suggest that AGL is the cheaper of the two retailers in Sydney. These figures are based on rates from the Ausgrid network and prices may vary for customers on the Endeavour or Essential Energy networks. See how AGL and Click compare to other NSW retailers in our comparison report.

AGL vs Click Energy: Who’s cheapest in Queensland?

AGL’s cheapest product in Queensland is Essentials with no conditional discount. Meanwhile Click Energy offers 15% off usage and supply charges with the Click Agate plan. Click Energy may have a discount, but once again you need to consider the base rates. Below we’ve calculated the expected annual costs of both retailers on the Energex network in Brisbane.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost*
Queensland AGL Essentials 0% $1,452.72
Queensland Click Energy Click Pearl 27% $1,428.89

*Costs based on yearly usage calculation using consumption figures from the AER for a three person household on the Energex network. 

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This time Click Energy comes out on top, but there isn’t much in it. You can see how AGL and Click Energy stack up to other retailers in the Brisbane area in our cost comparison report.

AGL vs Click Energy: Who’s cheapest in South Australia?

AGL and Click Energy offer different conditional discounts in South Australia, but which delivers the lowest overall costs to consumers? We’ve crunched the numbers to see which of these brands is the cheapest in South Australia for average three person households in Adelaide. Use our energy comparison tool for a specific quote in your area.

State Provider^ Plan Discount Annual Cost*
South Australia AGL Essentials 0% $2,161.32
South Australia Click Energy Click Agate 25% $2,320.48

*Costs based on yearly usage calculation using consumption figures from the AER for a three person household on the SA Power network. 

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For the second time in this comparison we see AGL come out cheaper than Click Energy. You can see how these two retailers compare to the rest of the market in our price comparison report for South Australia.

AGL vs Click Energy: Other considerations

In addition to the prices you pay for power, there are often other factors to keep in mind when it comes to deciding which energy company offers the best overall deal for you. Many offer other incentives that may sweeten the deal or provide savings in other areas.

AGL has partnered with flybuys to give customers one point for each $1 they spend on energy, plus 10,000 points when you sign up. The AGL Rewards program also gives customers exclusive access to special offers, discounts and benefits at more than 1,600 participating businesses nationwide.

Both Click Energy and AGL also tend to offer bill credit sign up incentives. AGL customers in VIC and NSW get $50 off their first bill, QLD customers get $25 and South Australians often miss out. Click Energy’s sign up incentives vary depending on when you look to sign up.

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Conclusion

While AGL is often noticeably cheaper than Click Energy based on these comparisons, you should always review their respective energy price factsheets before signing up.

AGL and Click Energy prices are generally quite competitive compared to the market, thanks largely to the generous discounts offered by both retailers. Keep in mind that AGL’s discounts only last 12 months, while Click’s remain with you indefinitely. That said, Click Energy’s base rates are frequently higher than AGL’s, meaning Click could be much more expensive if you miss out on the discount by forgetting to pay your bills on time.

Also remember that while price is important, it’s not everything. AGL may have its faults, but it should be a reasonably ‘safe pair of hands’. But for those who aren’t satisfied with the big energy companies and are looking to try something new, then Click Energy is a solid alternative. Don’t forget there are plenty of other energy companies out there to choose from, so be sure to take a look at our customer satisfaction ratings.

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