EnergyAustralia ‘No Frills’ Explained

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EnergyAustralia’s No Frills product does away with all conditional discounts and instead opts for fixed low rates. In some cases, the energy plan works out cheaper than other EnergyAustralia products that still come with large discounts.

EnergyAustralia says the new offer is for customers who want a simple plan with easy to understand energy rates. The retailer’s No Frills deal follows a continuing trend away from large conditional discounts towards straightforward low rates, with other energy retailers like AGL and Origin releasing similar plans across some states.

What is EnergyAustralia No Frills?

The No Frills is an electricity and natural gas plan available to residential customers in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, the ACT and Queensland. It offers low, fixed rates on usage and supply charges, with rates locked in for 12 months, meaning your prices won’t unexpectedly increase for the life of the contract.

There are no conditional discounts, bonuses or special perks with this deal – hence the name ‘No Frills’. Further, No Frills removes seasonal and block usage pricing, instead providing a single flat rate tariff. This way, customers know exactly how much they are paying for electricity and gas all day, every day.

Finally, there are no fees for leaving the contract. That means you’re not left out of pocket if you give No Frills a try and decide it’s not for you.

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No Frills – quick price check

So, what can you expect to pay with the No Frills plan? Below are estimated annual costs for customers on this plan in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA. Costs are based on VDO/DMO assumptions and particular postcodes in each state, so use our comparison tool above for specific prices in your area. These are sponsored products.

No Frills Prices VIC

Here is the pricing for the EnergyAustralia No Frills plan in Victoria. This is a product from a referral partner†. These 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. 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.

No Frills Prices NSW

Here are the prices for the EnergyAustralia No Frills plan on our database for NSW. This is a product 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. 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.

No Frills Prices QLD

Here are the prices for the EnergyAustralia No Frills plan on our database for SE QLD. This is a product 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. 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.

No Frills Prices SA

Here are the prices for the EnergyAustralia No Frills plan on our database for South Australia. 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. 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.

EnergyAustralia No Frills Electricity Rates

Despite having no conditional discounts, the No Frills electricity deal currently works out to be one of EnergyAustralia’s cheapest products thanks to its low fixed rates. Generally speaking, the No Frills deal tends to carry quite similar rates to EnergyAustralia’s other competitive offer, the Total Plan Home. This means that your decision could rely on billing or discount preferences.

The tables below show estimated annual costs for households living at selected postcodes in each state this plan is available. For a more personalised quote based on your specific usage requirements and suburb, enter your details into our energy comparison tool above.

EnergyAustralia No Frills Prices VIC

In the table below, we show EnergyAustralia No Frills prices on the Citipower network in Melbourne. See here for information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the VDO is $1,334/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
EnergyAustralia No Frills 6% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,249
Energy Fact Sheets

~Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices will differ between distribution areas. September 2019.

EnergyAustralia No Frills Prices NSW

In the table below, we show EnergyAustralia No Frills prices on the Ausgrid network in Sydney. See here for further information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,467/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
EnergyAustralia No Frills 12% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,284
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices differ between distribution areas. September 2019.

EnergyAustralia No Frills Prices QLD

In the table below, we show EnergyAustralia No Frills prices on the Energex network in Brisbane. See here for further information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,570/year. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
EnergyAustralia No Frills 10% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,411
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4600Wh/year. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Energex network in Brisbane, but prices will differ between distribution areas. September 2019.

EnergyAustralia No Frills Prices SA

In the table below, we show EnergyAustralia No Frills prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. See here for further 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 in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
EnergyAustralia No Frills 4% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,871
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. September 2019.

EnergyAustralia No Frills Prices ACT

In the table below, we show EnergyAustralia No Frills prices in the ACT. These costs are based on annual energy usage of 5499kWh/year and a selected postcode in Canberra, but these prices will vary depending on your own circumstances. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

State Discount Annual Cost* Important
ACT 0% $1,637 Basic Plan Information

*Price assumes general energy usage of 5499kWh/year. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on EvoEnergy network in Canberra, but prices differ between distribution areas. September 2019.

You can compare EnergyAustralia’s No Frills to other plans in your state via the links below. If you’re after a range of quotes specific to your area, use our comparison tool.

Is EnergyAustralia No Frills a lock-in contract?

This plan includes fixed rates for 12 months with no exit fees. This means you don’t need to stress about energy rates increasing during the 12-month period, and if you decide to go with another retailer down the track, you won’t have to pay any exit fees.

Will EnergyAustralia No Frills rates change?

EnergyAustralia’s No Frills is a fixed rate energy plan, meaning your usage and supply charges won’t be affected by changes during the benefit period of 12 months. This is good news if you’re looking for peace of mind by locking in your electricity rates for a year.

Is EnergyAustralia No Frills available with solar?

EnergyAustralia offers multiple solar-related products, as well as some fairly competitive solar feed-in tariffs. The current feed-in tariffs per state are listed below.

  • VIC: 12c/kWh
  • NSW: 12.5c/kWh
  • QLD: 16.1c/kWh
  • SA: 15c/kWh

Does EnergyAustralia No Frills have GreenPower options?

Customers on the No Frills plan have the option to choose GreenPower if they are so inclined. Depending on how much energy you’re willing to offset, here are the prices specific to each threshold below.

  • 10%: $0.0495 x (10% x total usage)
  • 20%: $0.0495 x (20% x total usage)
  • 100%: $0.0495 x (100% x total usage)

If you’re not entirely sure what ‘GreenPower’ means, it’s essentially a government-backed initiative which feeds power from accredited renewable energy generators into the power grid, based on the contributions from environmentally-conscious customers. You can learn more about it here.

EnergyAustralia No Frills Fees

The No Frills energy plan has no exit fees, which is a big plus if you decide the product is not for you at a later date. It does, however, come with other fees you should take into consideration, such as:

  • Connection fees
  • Credit card payment fees
  • Late payment fees
  • Direct debit dishonour fees

Each of these fees may vary depending on which state you live in, so make sure you read the fine print before signing up.

Other No Discount Energy Deals

EnergyAustralia’s No Frills deal is not unique. In fact, several other retailers have offered similar plans for some time now. These include AGL, Origin, Tango Energy, GloBird Energy and Momentum Energy.

  • AGL Essentials/Essentials Plus: This plan is available in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA. Like the No Frills plan, AGL Essentials has fixed rates for 12 months and customers do not receive a conditional discount. The Essentials Plus has fixed rates for 24 months.
  • Tango Home Select: Tango Energy only has one residential market offer – Tango Home Select. It opts for low fixed rates over conditional discounts. Rates are fixed for 12 months and customers can choose monthly or quarterly billing.
  • GloBird EasySave: As the name suggests, this product is apparently designed to make it easy for customers to save. It may not necessarily be GloBird’s cheapest deal, but its low rates take the hassle out of managing your power bills.
  • Powerdirect Rate Saver: Although Powerdirect operates in NSW, QLD, VIC and SA, it only hosts its fixed rate plan in Victoria. Rates are fixed for 12 months.
  • Sumo Power Sumo Lite: Sumo Lite is one of two market offer plans from the retailer available in Victoria. It has fixed rates for 1 year.  

Is EnergyAustralia’s No Frills right for me?

Traditional market offers can sometimes include discounts conditional on meeting some sort of requirement, such as paying your bill on time or paying using direct debit. Plans with discounts can offer great value, but they can also be incredibly expensive when customers fail to meet the requirements. On the other hand, no discount deals, such as the No Frills plan, are generally price-competitive, but can still be slightly more expensive than some of the best discounted market offers out there.

This means it is somewhat of a balancing act – do you choose a guaranteed competitive price on power? Or, are you comfortable that you can meet the conditions of a discount to receive a slightly better price? Of course, that decision is up to you. Start your search for a better energy deal by following the link below.


Original author: Brendon O’Neill

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