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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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 are products from referral partners†. 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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. The next three tabs feature products exclusively from AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin.

Here are the AGL 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

Here are the EnergyAustralia 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

Here are the Origin 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

Which energy provider is cheapest in South Australia?

To help you find 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 Reference Price, which assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,832/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. 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*
GloBird Energy GloSave 16% Less Than Reference Price 23% Less Than the Reference Price for Paying on Time by Birect Debit $1,410incl. conditional discount
Powerclub Powerbank Home Flat 23% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,414
OVO Energy The One Plan 21% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,455
Kogan Energy Market Offer 20% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,475
Powershop Shopper Market Offer 13% Less Than Reference Price 18% less than Reference Price for pre-payment $1,497incl. conditional discount
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special 16% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,539
Click Energy Flora Plus 15% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,557
AGL Essentials 14% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts
$1,575
ReAmped Energy ReAmped Handshake 14% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,584
Powerdirect Discount Saver 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,594
Discover Energy Smart Saver 12% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,614
Simply Energy Simply RAA 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,667
Momentum Energy SmilePower Flexi 8% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,679
Amaysim Energy Post-paid Electricity 8% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,685
Lumo Energy Plus 3% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,693
Future X Power Flexi Saver 6% More Than Reference Price 7% less than Reference Price for paying on time $1,698incl. conditional discount
Diamond Energy Everyday Renewable Saver 3% More Than Reference Price Reduces to 7% less than Reference Price for paying on time by direct debit $1,703incl. conditional discount
Elysian Energy Simple Plan 3% Less Than Reference Price Reduces to 7% less than Reference Price for paying on time $1,709incl. conditional discount
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 6% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,722
Alinta Energy No Fuss 4% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,766
Energy Locals Online Saver 1% More Than Reference Price $84/year credit for paying on time $1,772incl. conditional discount
Dodo Market Offer 3% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,781
Commander Market Offer 3% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,783
Red Energy Living Energy Saver Equal To Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,828
Mojo Power Standing Offer Equal To Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,832
QEnergy Home Your Way Equal To Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,832
Amber Electric Amber Plan 6% More Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,941

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. July 2020.

^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, GloBird Energy, Powerclub and OVO Energy work out to be 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 $1,832/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison.

GloSave (GloBird Energy)

The GloSave is a plan that offers the most value to customers who agree to a set of conditions. In order to pay a price 23% below the reference price, customers will have to pay their bills on time and by direct debit. For those who don’t do this, the deal becomes somewhat less attractive at 16% less than the reference price.

Powerbank Home Flat (Powerclub)

Powerclub gives its customers access to wholesale rates, which are updated every 30 minutes. In order to access these you’ll need to pay for what the retailer calls a ‘Powerbank’, which ensures coverage when prices are unpredictable, an annual fee and a daily fee.

The One Plan (OVO Energy)

OVO Energy’s Market Offer comes without conditional discounts or bill credits, instead offering low rates. A new entrant into the SA electricity market, this new British retailer brings value into the energy market, with customers receiving low rates as well as no lock-in contract or exit fees.

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, Max Saver – Online Special 16% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,539
Cheapest No Discount Powerclub, Powerbank Home Flat 23% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,414
Cheapest Discounted GloBird Energy, GloSave 16% Less Than Reference Price 23% less than Reference Price for Paying on Time by Direct Debit $1,410
incl. conditional discount
Cheapest Variable Rate GloBird Energy, GloSave 16% Less Than Reference Price 23% less than Reference Price for Paying on Time by Direct Debit $1,410
incl. conditional discount
Cheapest Fixed Rate AGL, Essentials 14% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,575
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. July 2020.

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 a year for the same estimated usage figures. Based on the winner of our 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 Alinta Energy
Plan No Fuss
Usage Rate (per kWh) 33.17¢/kWh
Supply Rate (cents per day) 91.30¢/day
Difference from Reference Price 4% Less than Reference Price
Conditional Discounts No conditional discounts
Estimated Annual Cost $1,766

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.

SA Concession Offer

While this page lists the cheapest deals on our database that are widely available to the general public, concession card holders in South Australia could secure even greater savings than those referenced on this page through Origin Energy’s partnership with the SA government. The retailer has been selected to deliver the state’s SA Concessions Energy Discount offer, with 20% off the Reference Price for electricity and 11% of natural gas usage and supply charges. This plan is called Origin Value.

Origin Value SA

Here is the Origin Value plan on our database for SA . This is a product 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.

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 2020, Alinta Energy has been rated best 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.

About the author of this page

Simon Downes

This page was originally published by Canstar Blue Editor-in-Chief Simon Downes. He’s been writing about energy prices in SA for more than five years, helping South Australians paying the highest power prices in the country better understand their options and find a better deal, while avoiding the dodgy discounts and potential pitfalls that make comparing providers and plans confusing. Simon also acts as spokesperson for Canstar Blue and is one of Australia’s most prominent energy industry commentators.

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We get it, there’s a lot of information on this page. If you’ve got washing or literally anything else to tend to, you’re in luck because we’ve broken down some have-to-knows about SA’s electricity market.

SA Reference Price

$1,832/year based on general usage of 4000kWh/year

Number of Energy Providers in SA

20+

Winner of Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers – Electricity Providers SA Award

Alinta Energy

SA Distribution Network

SA Power Networks

SA Gas Distribution Network

Australian Gas Networks SA

SA Electricity Tariff Options

Single rate, time of use, controlled load, demand

SA Electricity Generation

Coal, geothermal, wind, solar, mini hydro

Year SA electricity market was deregulated

2012

List of SA Energy Providers:

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