Compare South Australia Electricity Prices

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South Australians are slugged the highest electricity prices in the country, which is why it’s hugely important to compare plans and make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. This means understanding electricity discounts and how they impact your overall costs. To help you find a cheaper plan, we have compared costs from some of the biggest electricity providers in SA and show what you can expect to pay with each of them.

Before we compare prices, it’s important to make the point that, if you have not switched electricity providers in the last couple of years, then you are almost certainly paying more than you need to. This is because new customers can benefit from often generous electricity discounts which have short benefit periods of usually just 12 months. After this time, you will start paying the higher rate, meaning that to get the best deals, you need to be willing to switch every year or two, otherwise you’ll end up paying the ‘lazy tax’.

Our price calculations are based on a specific postcode in Adelaide. To get a quote for your suburb, use our comparison tool here. Our database may not cover all deals available in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

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Cheap Deals on our Database

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These costs are based on SA Power network in Adelaide but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. See here for further information on the Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,941/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Powershop Logo
Basic Plan Information

Shopper Market Offer

Conditional Discounts

  • 15% less than Reference Price for purchasing the Mega Pack
EqualTo Reference Price^^ $1,648
incl. conditional discount
Go To Site
Simply Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Simply RAA

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Price includes $260 first anniversary credit
  • $60/year credit thereafter
13% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,687 Go To Site
Alinta Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

No Fuss

No Conditional Discounts

9% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,771 Go To Site
Momentum Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Smile Power Flexi

No Conditional Discounts

9% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,774 Go To Site
Red Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Easy Saver

Conditional Discounts

  • Reduces to 7% less than Reference Price for paying on time
3% MoreThan Reference Price^^ $1,796
incl. conditional discount
Go To Site
Energy Locals Logo
Basic Plan Information

Online Saver

Conditional Discounts

  • Price includes $84/year bonus credit for paying on time
2% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,827
incl. conditional discount
Go To Site
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Which energy provider is cheapest in South Australia?

To work out which are some of the cheapest electricity providers in South Australia, Canstar Blue has calculated the daily supply and usage charges of the following retailers that operate in the state. In the table below, we compare prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. We show one product per retailer, 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. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison. Our database may not cover all deals available in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Powerclub Powerbank Home Flat 15% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,647
Powershop Shopper Market Offer Equal To Reference Price 15% Less Than Reference Price for Pre-Payment $1,648incl. conditional discount
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special 15% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,654
Simply Energy Simply RAA 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,687
Diamond Energy Diamond Power 1% Less Than Reference Price Further 10% Less Than Reference Price for Paying on Time by Direct Debit $1,725incl. conditional discount
Discover Energy Ultimate Offer 10% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,741
Powerdirect Discount Saver 10% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,754
AGL Essentials Plus 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,763
Alinta Energy No Fuss 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,771
Momentum Energy SmilePower Flexi 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,774
Red Energy Easy Saver 3% More Than Reference Price Reduces to 7% Less Than Reference Price for Paying on Time $1,796incl. conditional discount
Energy Locals Online Saver 2% Less Than Reference Price $84/year credit for paying on time $1,827incl. conditional discount
Lumo Energy Basic 6% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,832
Dodo Power & Gas Market Offer 5% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,840
Commander Market Offer 5% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,841
EnergyAustralia No Frills 3% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,876
Click Energy Click Banksia 1% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,926
QEnergy Home Your Way Equal To Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,938
Amaysim Energy Electricity As You Go 1% More Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,955

Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices differ between distribution areas. August 2019.

^The Reference Price is set by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for a financial year in relation to electricity supply to residential customers in the distribution region and is based on an assumed annual usage amount. Any difference between the reference price and the unconditional price of a plan is expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price. The terms of any conditional discounts are shown, along with any further difference between the reference price and the discount applied if a condition is met, expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price.

As you can see, based on this comparison, Powerclub, Powershop and Origin Energy work out the cheapest electricity providers in South Australia. Overall though, this comparison does paint a rather bleak picture about electricity costs across the board in SA. The above price calculations are based on one specific postcode in Adelaide, so be sure to compare plans in your suburb by using electricity comparison tool above. Our pricing tables are updated as soon as we’re made aware of any changes.

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About the 3 cheapest deals

Now that the above table has shed some light onto what you can expect to pay for electricity from each provider, it’s time to find out more about the three cheapest plans available in SA. In the tables below, we compare prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. We show one product per retailer, listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,941/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison.

Powerbank Home Flat (Powerclub)

Powerclub is a rather unusual electricity retailer, giving customers rates based on published wholesale prices that are updated on the half hour. In order to access these rates customers must pay a $39 annual fee. On this plan you’ll have to set up a Powerbank, which is essentially a rechargeable bond you put down that covers you for any spikes in wholesale pricing. The Powerbank Home Flat also has a small weekly charge.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Basic Plan Information

Powerbank Home Flat

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Annual cost does not include upfront powerbank payment
  • Powerclub recommends a minimum $40 per 1000kWh of estimated annual usage
15% LessThan Reference Price^^ $1,647 More Details
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Shopper Market Offer (Powershop)

Relatively new in the SA market, the Powershop Shopper Market Offer is the retailer’s standard plan that gives access to purchasing Powerpacks. These are amounts of energy you can pay for in advance, most commonly 1 or 3 months, to an amount that is catered to your estimated usage. Below you’ll see the price of the Shopper Market Offer with the Mega Pack (3 months prepaid), which is the Powerpack which packs the largest discount.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Powershop Logo
Basic Plan Information

Shopper Market Offer

Conditional Discounts

  • 15% less than Reference Price for purchasing the Mega Pack
EqualTo Reference Price^^ $1,648
incl. conditional discount
Go To Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Max Saver – Online Special (Origin)

The Origin Max Saver comes with notable savings off the Reference Price with no conditional discounts. In order to be eligible for the full value of this plan, customers must sign-up online, set up direct debit and agree to receiving bills via email. You’ll receive the guaranteed discount of this plan for 12 months from your supply start date.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Origin Logo
Basic Plan Information

Max Saver – Online Special

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • Online sign-up only
15% Less Than Reference Price^^ $1,654

More Details
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Cheapest big three, no discount, discounted, variable and fixed rate plans in South Australia

We’ve listed the cheapest plans for SA on our database above, but what if you’re looking for a specific product type? Here are the cheapest plans in our database for customers looking for a specific product type, including plans from the big three retailers, 0% discount plans, discounted plans, variable rate and fixed rate plans. The categories below fall under no particular order.

Product Category Electricity Provider & Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Cheapest Big 3 Origin Energy, Max Saver – Online Special 15% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,654
Cheapest No Discount Momentum Energy, SmilePower Flexi 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,774
Cheapest Discounted Powershop, Shopper Market Offer Equal To Reference Price 15% Less Than Reference Price for Pre-Payment $1,648incl. conditional discount
Cheapest Variable Rate Origin Energy, Max Saver – Only Special 15% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,654
Cheapest Fixed Rate AGL, Essentials Plus 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,763
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices differ between distribution areas. August 2019.

How energy discounts impact your bill

Energy discounts were once the main marketing tool of the energy retailers, but following regulatory changes to the industry in July 2019, most have moved away from discounts and instead now focus on just providing cheaper base rates instead, as well as other incentives like bill credits. However, some retailers do still market discounts, which will typically now apply to both usage and supply charges. Discounts are typically available for paying bills on time or by direct debit. Some providers will also give you money off if you agree to receive bills via email instead of post. However, be aware that failing to meet the terms of your discount will not only mean you could lose the benefit, but you could also be charged a fee. Therefore, customers who struggle to pay their bills on time may find better value from electricity plans with lowest base pricing.

The other thing to be aware of in regards to energy discounts is the benefit term. Being able to lock-in a good discount for a couple of years represents a good deal. But no matter how long the benefit period, make sure you pay attention to when it disappears because it may not return and you’ll be left paying more.

Other Incentives

Also be conscious of sign-up incentives. It’s common for the energy companies to offer a rebate on your first bill when you sign up online, for example. Others have rewards programs whereby customers can get money off things like movie tickets. AGL offers flybuys points on the money you spend on bills, Simply Energy has a plan that brings ‘free’ movie tickets and Lumo Energy has a program that brings discounts at various retailers. While fairly attractive, it’s probably best not to let these incentives dictate your final decision, but they can be a good point of difference if you find two similar plans.

Tiered electricity pricing in South Australia

In South Australia, most electricity providers structure their plans with tiered pricing. This means you will be charged for power at different rates depending on how much you have used throughout the day. For example, you will typically pay lower prices for the first ‘block’ of electricity you use, but then a slightly higher rate for each next block. Our cost comparison has taken these block rates into account. While some providers only have two tiers of electricity pricing, others have as many as five.

Tiered pricing is another important consideration when comparing prices, so get to know your household’s specific electricity requirements, because the cheapest plan for you may be different to the cheapest plan for another household with higher or lower energy requirements. You can learn more about block rate pricing in our review of South Australia electricity tariffs.

SA Electricity Rates Example

Electricity rates change frequently, and as in most states, SA annual energy bills can vary by hundreds of dollars for the same estimated usage figures. Based on the winner of our 2019 electricity customer satisfaction ratings, we’ve given you a closer look at what you can expect to pay with an electricity provider in SA.

Provider Lumo Energy
Plan Lumo Basic
Usage Rate (per kWh) 35.39¢/kWh
Supply Rate (cents per day) 101.20¢/day
Difference from Reference Price 6% Less than Reference Price
Conditional Discounts No conditional discounts
Estimated Annual Cost $1,832

Questions to ask:

get the best deal on energy in SA

It’s important to regularly reviewing your electricity plan to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal you can. No one wants to switch electricity providers every year, but the reality is that it takes effort to get the best deals and that’s what you might need to do. Here are some questions to consider and potentially ask when comparing electricity prices in South Australia.

  • Are you offering me the plan with the lowest usage rates?
  • How much are the supply charges and how do they compare to other plans?
  • How does the plan compare to the Reference Price?
  • Is there a contract? How long is it? Are there any exit fees if I leave?
  • What discount can I get off my bill and how do I quality for the discount?
  • What is the benefit term of the discount? Will it disappear after a year?
  • Can you offer me any additional sign-up incentives?

Ultimately, you should try to get to know your energy plans. No one is going to come round your house and offer to take $200 off your annual bill. Be proactive, compare plans, and consider switching if you think you can find a better deal.

Which energy providers are rated highest in South Australia?

It’s natural that consumers will be drawn towards the cheapest electricity prices in South Australia, but it’s also worth considering other factors, particularly customer service. That’s why Canstar Blue produces an annual review of electricity providers in the state, to see which are actually meeting expectations. In 2019, Lumo Energy is rated highest overall.

South Australians are paying a high price for electricity, but you can help reduce costs by ensuring you are getting a good deal. Compare plans from other providers and make the most informed decision you can. We hope this price comparison proves helpful, because if there is one message to take away from this, it’s that shopping around is hugely important.

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