An energy plan that comes with a zoo membership? That’s emu-sing…

Red Energy has come roaring in with a new power plan that could give you unlimited access to Taronga Zoo, provided you live in New South Wales.

Signing up to the ‘Red Taronga Saver’ will entitle NSW residents to the Taronga ‘Zoo Friends’ membership, which can be used by one adult and two kids aged 4-15. Additional tickets generally cost between $20 and $50 for one-off entry.

You can use the pass as often as you want, which gives you a range of discounts on associated products. Here are some membership benefits as per the Taronga website:

  • Zoo entry: 365 days unlimited access to Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.
  • Zoo discounts: Half Price parking at Taronga Zoo Sydney, 10% off food and drinks at cafes and eateries, 15% discount at all Zoo Shops and 20% discount on Wild Ropes.
  • Accommodation discounts: 10% discount at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, 10% off Roar & Snore at Taronga Sydney on select days and 10% discount on accommodation at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, including the Zoofari Lodge, Savannah Cabins and Billabong Camp.

Customers making the switch to the Red Taronga Saver plan in NSW will receive their Zoo Friends membership when their electricity account is transferred to the retailer.

After a year on the same plan, you can expect your membership to be renewed for another 12 months, provided you remain with Red Energy.

Red Taronga Saver NSW

Here is Red Energy’s Taronga Saver plan for NSW. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid energy network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year. 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.

Is this a good deal?

Red Energy isn’t shy to value-add extras, well-known for partnering with Qantas in order to give customers a frequent flyer point boost when they pay their bills.

And while it’s trying its hand at something a little different this time, Canstar Blue Editor-in-Chief, Simon Downes, says there could be some good value in this ‘croco-deal’.

“As those living in Sydney know, a trip to Taronga Zoo is almost a right of passage for young families, though for some, it may not sit within the weekend activity budget,” he said.

“A plan like the Red Taronga Saver could result in some notable savings, especially for those who plan on going back to the zoo a few times over the year.

“That being said, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s an electricity bill attached at the end of a shiny value incentive, so comparing plans on price is still hugely important. Ultimately, it’s all about finding an energy plan that delivers good value for you – that means reasonable rates but also any additional features that bring savings on things you’re interested in.”

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