Energy Switching Deals & Promotions

Power prices only ever seem to go in one direction, but the energy retailers will do almost anything to get you on board, which means there are opportunities to secure a better deal. While it’s always crucial to compare electricity plans on price, you may also find various other value-add incentives to sweeten a deal. These can be anything from online sign-up credit to ‘free’ movie tickets. It’s probably best not to be overly swayed by gimmicks, but if you find two comparable plans, these incentives can be a good point of difference. So, what sign-up incentives and special deals are available in your state?

Canstar Blue explores what sign-up incentives and promotions are being offered around Australia. This page may not cover all deals available in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

NSW Electricity Prices

Here are some sponsored 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 Ausgrid energy network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/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 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 Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/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.

NSW Energy Deals

NSW Energy Deals

Energy customers in NSW have a wide variety of different sign-up incentives currently on offer. Here is a selection of some of the promotions. These deals are current as of 1 May 2022.

  • Origin is offering new customers the chance to earn up to 10,000 Everyday Rewards points to use at participating Woolworths group stores when signing up to both electricity and gas (5,000 per energy type). On the ‘Everyday Rewards’ plan, customers will also receive one point for every $1 charged on their bill, plus 25% GreenPower and 100% Green Gas at no extra cost.
  • Bill-payers who sign up to EnergyAustralia’s ‘Total Plan Home’ deal online for either gas or electricity will score themselves a $50 bill credit. A $25 online sign-up credit is also available on the ‘No Frills’ and ‘Balance Plan Home’ offers.
  • AGL is offering new customers who sign up online to residential electricity or gas a $75 bill credit. New residential energy customers can also opt in to carbon neutral energy for no extra cost.
  • Red Energy is giving customers the chance to earn Qantas points through its ‘Qantas Red Saver’ plan. New sign-ups will receive 10,000 Qantas points as well as two points per $1 spent on energy bills. Plus, there’s an additional 3,500 Qantas points to be earnt by those who refer a friend to the retailer. If taking to the skies isn’t your thing though, the retailer also has a partnership with Taronga Zoo. The ‘Red Taronga Flex’ plan gives customers a Taronga Zoo Friends membership, which allows park access for one adult and two children aged 4-15. 
  • Globird Energy is rewarding customers who sign up to one of its market offers in NSW with a $50 credit. This credit also applies to those who sign up to the retailer’s ‘Glosave’ gas plan in the state.
  • Energy Locals is crediting back six months worth of membership fees on its unique offering, to new sign-ups. Bill-payers will need to stay with the retailer for at least six months in order to receive this credit back. Customers can also earn a $50 bill credit if they successfully refer a friend to the provider.
  • OVO Energy’s ‘Winter Welcome Credit’ is giving new customers a $75 credit when they sign up to one of the retailer’s market offers. This credit will be paid over 12 monthly installments.
  • Nectr is awarding a $50 credit to new customers who sign up with a refer a friend link. This credit will be applied to the customer’s second bill.
  • 1st Energy is slinging $200 worth of Menulog vouchers to new customers. Simply sign up to the retailer’s ‘1st Saver Menulog’ offer to score yourself 10 x $20 vouchers.
  • Kogan Energy is giving all new customers who sign up to its ‘Kogan Energy with Free Kogan First’ product a complimentary 12-month membership to Kogan First – a discount and reward system for shoppers. If you are already a Kogan First member and sign up to this deal, you can score yourself a one-off $59 bill credit.
  • Powershop is awarding new customers with a one-off $75 sign-up credit on its new ‘Switch Saver’ offer. Customers who sign up to natural gas with the provider can also score themselves an additional $75 credit.
  • Diamond Energy is giving new customers in NSW a $35 credit if they sign up through a friend’s referral. This ultimately benefits both the referrer and referee as the credit applies on both ends.
  • With Simply Energy’s ‘Simply Blue Perks’ product, customers will receive complimentary access for 12 months to NRMA’s Blue Membership program. Until 30 June 2022, bill-payers who sign up to this offer will also receive $100 in fuel vouchers.
  • Sports fanatics can score themselves a complimentary 12-month basic Kayo subscription when they sign up to Alinta Energy’s ‘Sport’s Pack’ deal. This offer also rewards customers with shopping and venue discounts through Alinta’s Rewards Shop.
  • New customers who sign up online to a CovaU electricity and/or gas plan will earn themselves up to $100 in bill credits ($50 per fuel type). This offer ends 30 June 2022.
  • Radian Energy is offering $50 bill credit to all new customers who sign up to one of its market offers.
  • ReAmped Energy is awarding new customers with a $50 credit if they sign up through a referral link.

While these promotions sound tempting, it’s important to first compare plans based on standard prices and conditions. You can see how the retailers featured above compare to others on price with our NSW cost comparison report.

Victoria Electricity Prices

Here are some sponsored 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 Citipower network in Melbourne 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 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†. 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 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.

Victoria Energy Deals

Victoria Energy Deals

Households in Victoria have a similar list of promotional power deals as those in NSW, but with a few notable additions. These deals are current as of 1 May 2022.

  • Victorians who sign up to Origin’s ‘Everyday Rewards’ plan can receive up to 5,000 bonus points for each power type. This plan also gives customers an extra point for every dollar spent on their bill, plus 25% GreenPower or 100% Green Gas at no extra cost. Bill-payers can also earn a small bill credit when signing up to the ‘Flexi Rate ePlus’ plan.
  • EnergyAustralia is now awarding bill-payers who sign up online to either gas or electricity with a $50 bill credit on the ‘Total Plan Home’ offer or a $25 sign-up credit on the ‘No Frills’ and ‘Balance Plan Home’ plans.
  • Simply Energy has a couple of interesting deals available for Victorians. ‘Simply Movies’ rewards customers with Village Cinema rewards points, to the total of 12,000 a year for electricity (1,000 each month) and another 12,000 Vrewards points a year for gas. While the ‘Simply Blue Perks’ plan rewards customers with a complimentary 12-month membership to NRMA Blue – packed with discounts on fuel, dining and more. 
  • AGL is giving away a $75 online sign-up credit to any new residential gas or electricity plan from AGL.
  • Red Energy has a new deal for Victorians who love Qantas points. Bill-payers who sign up to the ‘Qantas Red Saver’ plan will receive 10,000 Qantas points as well as two points per $1 spent on energy bills. Plus, those who refer a friend to the retailer could nab themselves an additional 3,500 Qantas points, or a $50 eGift Card, if they aren’t on the ‘Qantas Red Saver’ product.
  • Lumo Energy’s refer a friend program will earn Victorian customers a $50 eGift card for both the new sign up and the person who referred them. The eGift Card can be used at David Jones, Woolworths, Coles, JB Hi-Fi or Hoyts. New customers will also enter Lumo’s Ultimate Power Draw which gives away daily, weekly and monthly prizes – most notably electricity credits. 
  • Diamond Energy’s new customers can receive $35 off their first bill if they’ve been referred by a friend, benefiting the person on the referring end, as they receive the same amount off their next bill.
  • New customers who are referred to ReAmped Energy by a friend will be awarded with a $50 credit on their bill, if they sign up through a referral link.
  • OVO Energy is giving new customers a $75 sign-up credit as part of its ‘Winter Welcome Credit’. This will be paid over 12 monthly installments and is available on all market offers.
  • GloBird Energy has re-introduced its ‘IdeaSave’ product to customers in Victoria, which provides access to what’s known as ‘Small Ideas’ through an annual membership fee. This membership unlocks family discounts to a range of activities, products and venues across Australia in exchange for a small yearly membership fee, which is almost negated thanks to a yearly loyalty credit from the provider.
  • Powershop is dishing out a one-off $100 bill credit to all new customers who sign up to its latest ‘Switch Saver’ electricity offer. An additional $100 credit can be earned by signing up for natural gas with the provider as well.
  • New customers who sign up to electricity and/or gas with CovaU can score themselves up to $100 in bill credits ($50 per fuel type). This offer is only available until 30 June 2022.
  • Kogan Energy is giving all new customers who sign up to its ‘Kogan Energy with Free Kogan First’ product a complimentary 12-month membership to Kogan First – a discount and reward system for shoppers. If you are already a Kogan First member and sign up to this deal, you’ll earn yourself a one-off $59 bill credit.
  • Customers who successfully refer a friend to Energy Locals can earn themselves a $50 bill credit.
  • Are you are a footy fanatic? Then you may want to check out this energy deal from Alinta Energy. With its ‘Sport’s Pack’, customers can score a complimentary 12-month subscription to Kayo basic as part of their energy deal. Plus, you can earn additional shopping rewards and discounts through the Alinta Rewards Shop.
  • Looks like dinner is on 1st Energy, Victorians, for the retailer is slinging away $200 worth of Menulog vouchers to new customers. Simply sign up to the retailer’s latest offer ‘1st Super Saver Menulog’ to score yourself 10 x $20 vouchers. Plus, you’ll score $60 in bill credits, paid across two $30 credits on your 5th and 11th bill with the provider.

Victorians are well-accustomed to headline-grabbing energy promotions, but it’s still worth saying that consumers should compare plans based on price before thinking too much about extra incentives. However, some promotions will have a direct impact on costs, so it’s definitely worth paying attention to what’s on offer. Compare the providers mentioned above to others in the state with our Victoria price comparison report.

Queensland Electricity Prices

Here are some sponsored deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from our referral partners†. 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 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 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 Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/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.

QLD Energy Deals

Queenslanders have become spoilt for choice when it comes to electricity retailers, with some offering a little extra to sweeten the deal. Here is a selection of promotions. These deals are current as of 1 May 2022.

  • Origin’s ‘Everyday Rewards’ plan gives new customers up to 10,000 rewards points when they sign up to both electricity and gas. In addition, 25% GreenPower is also a free extra of this plan, plus customers will receive one extra point per dollar spent on their bill.
  • New customers who sign up to Nectr via the refer a friend program can expect a $50 credit to be applied to their second bill.
  • In Queensland, bill-payers who sign up online to EnergyAustralia’s ‘Total Plan Home’ deal will score themselves a $50 bill credit. A $25 sign-up credit can also be nabbed on the ‘No Frills’ offer in the state.
  • New customers who make the switch online to AGL will score a $75 credit off their bill. This promo is applicable to any residential AGL electricity and gas market offer.
  • OVO Energy is crediting new customers $75 as part of its ‘Winter Welcome Credit’. This will be paid over 12 monthly installments and is available to those who sign up to one of OVO Energy’s market offers.
  • Red Energy is offering new sign-ups in Queensland the opportunity to earn Qantas frequent flyer points on its ‘Qantas Red Saver’ plan. All customers who sign up will not only receive 10,000 Qantas points, but a further two points per $1 spent on energy bills. A further 3,500 bonus Qantas Points can also be earned by those who refer a friend to the retailer. 
  • Kogan Energy’s latest product ‘Kogan Energy with Free Kogan First’ is awarding new sign-ups with a 12-month complimentary membership to Kogan First – a discounts and rewards system for shoppers. For those already a member of Kogan First, a $59 one-off bill credit will be awarded instead of the membership.
  • Diamond Energy’s new customers can receive $35 off their first bill if they’ve been referred by a friend, benefiting the person on the referring end, as they receive the same amount off their next bill.
  • New customers who sign up to Simply Energy’s ‘Simply Blue Perks’ deal will receive a complimentary 12-month membership to NRMA Blue.
  • Energy Locals is crediting back six months worth of membership fees on its unique offering that allows customers to access wholesale prices. Bill-payers who sign up to this deal will need to stay with the retailer for at least six months in order to receive this credit back. Customers who successfully refer a friend to Energy Locals can also score themselves a $50 bill credit.
  • ReAmped Energy is awarding new customers with a $50 credit on their bill when they sign up through a refer a friend link.
  • Customers who sign up to one of Globird Energy’s electricity market offers in QLD could earn themselves a $50 sign-up credit. This credit also applies to those who sign up to one of the retailer’s gas plans.
  • CovaU is giving away $50 in bill credit to customers who sign up for an electricity plan with the retailer before 30 June 2022. An additional $50 can also be earned for signing up to a gas deal.
  • Sport’s fans, you’ll want to hear this; you can score a 12-month complimentary subscription to Kayo basic with Alinta Energy. Simply sign up to the retailer’s ‘Sport’s Pack’ deal to be eligible.
  • Radian Energy is awarding a $50 bill credit to all new customers who sign up to any of its market offers.

There is often not much difference in price between retailers in Queensland, meaning any extra incentives can prove a helpful point of difference when comparing plans and providers. Nevertheless it is still important to review standard prices to get an idea of what you can expect to pay long after the promotion has gone. See what the providers mentioned above are offering in the state with our QLD price comparison report.  

South Australia Electricity Prices

Here are some sponsored 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.

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.

SA Energy Deals

South Australians get a bad energy deal when it comes to standard prices. They also currently have few extra incentives to consider when comparing plans. Here is a selection of what’s available. These deals are current as of 1 May 2022.

  • South Australians who sign up to Origin’s ‘Everyday Rewards’ plan will receive up to 10,000 rewards points upon sign up to a gas and electricity plan (5,000 points per plan). They can also expect to receive one extra point for every dollar spent on their bill as well as 25% GreenPower added to their tariff at no extra cost.
  • Lumo Energy customers can earn a $50 eGift card for signing up with a referral code. This applies to both the new sign up and the person who referred them. SA Lumo customers also have access to the retailer’s Lumo Rewards program, which awards discounts on everything from dining to travel.
  • In South Australia, those interested in signing up to EnergyAustralia can score a $25 sign-up credit for each new energy account (electricity or gas) that they open with the retailer. This sign-up credit jumps to $50 on its ‘Total Plan Home’ product.
  • Red Energy is a provider offering great sign-up incentives to those who can’t resist rewards points. All customers who sign up to the ‘Qantas Red Saver’ plan will receive 10,000 Qantas points, as well as two points per $1 spent on energy bills. Plus, those who refer a friend to the retailer could earn themselves a further 3,500 Qantas points. 
  • OVO Energy is dishing out $75 in bill credit to new customers as part of its ‘Winter Welcome Credit’. This will be paid over 12 monthly installments and is available on the retailer’s market offers.
  • Kogan Energy is giving all bill-payers who sign up to the retailer’s latest product ‘Kogan Energy with Free Kogan First’ a 12-month complimentary membership to Kogan First – a discounts and rewards program for shoppers.
  • SA residents looking to switch to Diamond Energy can cop a $35 credit off their first bill by signing up with a referral code. Once successful, the friend who supplied the referral will also receive $35 off their next bill.
  • Energy Locals is crediting back six months worth of membership fees on its unique offering that allows customers to access wholesale prices. Bill-payers who sign up to this deal will need to stay with the retailer for at least six months in order to receive this credit back. Customers who refer a friend successfully can also nab themselves a $50 bill credit.
  • Now available in South Australia, energy provider Nectr is offering new customers a $50 credit when they sign up with the eco-friendly provider. An additional $50 bill credit can be earned by referring a friend to Nectr.
  • New customers who sign up to ReAmped Energy through a refer a friend link could score themselves a $50 credit on their bill.
  • Elysian Energy in addition to offering a unique subscription-based energy plan, is also awarding customers a discount of $30 when they refer a friend, distributed as $10 credits every month for three months.
  • Sport’s lovers, you can earn yourself a 12-month complimentary subscription to Kayo Basic just for signing up to Alinta Energy. To be eligible for the streaming service offer, simply sign up to the retailer’s ‘Sport’s Pack’ power deal.
  • GloBird Energy is offering a $50 credit to South Australians who sign up to its latest low, variable rate offering, ‘Boost’ and its new carbon neutral offer, ‘GloGreen’.
  • Customers who sign up to a CovaU electricity plan before 30 June 2022 can score themselves $50 in bill credit. An additional $50 can be earned by signing up to a gas plan with the retailer as well.

We all love a bonus, but don’t let that allure you into a bad energy deal. See how South Australia electricity retailers compare with our price comparison table.

What’s the deal with energy promotions?

Energy promotions

Perhaps the most obvious trend to emerge from this review is that most promotions are only available online. While this is great for web-savvy consumers looking to compare the best deals, it’s not such good news for those who aren’t able to go online, or find the idea of comparing plans too daunting.

For those engaged in the energy market, there are certainly some interesting offers to consider. Red Energy arguably stands out for offering plans tailored to frequent flyers, which appear to bring a tangible value add, while Nectr’s and Lumo Energy’s refer a friend deals could prove profitable if you can persuade enough people to follow your lead. That said, you should be open with them about your intentions…

It’s hugely important not to get too carried away with promotions and to compare plans based on their standard pricing and conditions first. If you find two similar products and can’t decide between them, then incentives are worth considering to sweeten the deal.

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