Energy Switching Deals & Promotions

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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.

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NSW Electricity Prices

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. The next three tabs feature products exclusively from AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for NSW. These are products 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 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 NSW. These are products 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 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 NSW. These are products 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 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 September, 2020.

  • Simply Energy is offering new customers who sign up to its Simply NRMA plan a complimentary 12 month membership to NRMA Blue.
  • AGL is offering a $50 sign-up voucher in NSW. Customers can also receive flybuys points which vary by amount according to how they choose to bill. For those that receive paper bills, 1 flybuys point for every $2 spent on their energy bill is available. Customers that sign up to e-billing will receive 1 point for every dollar spent.
  • Powershop customers that sign up before September through the Online 100 promotion will receive a $100 bill credit applied in $25 instalments over a few months. Customers can also receive $75 credit when signing up through a referral. Existing customers can log into their online portal and invite friends to join. If they do so, $25 is applied to both customer accounts every month for three months.
  • Red Energy currently has two plans available that will appeal to lovers of Qantas points or… Taronga Zoo. Sign up to the Qantas Red Saver plan and receive 10,000 Qantas points, as well as two points per $1 spent on your energy bill. The Red Taronga Saver plan gives customers a Taronga Zoo Friends membership, which allows park access for an adult and two children aged 4-15.
  • Alinta Energy is giving customers the chance to receive a year of Kayo Basic for free when signing up to its Sports Pack plan. Keep in mind to check the rates on this plan and make sure you’re getting good value.
  • CovaU is offering a $50 sign-up credit in NSW when you sign up to any of its electricity products. This applies to its gas plan too, where combined you could receive $100 off your first bill.
  • Nectr is offering customers who sign up to one of its plans a whopping $100 sign-up credit on their second bill. If you sign up with a refer a friend link, you could also be eligible for an additional $50.
  • Customers in NSW who sign up to Click Energy through a referral will receive a $50 bill credit. The Click Circle program offers the same amount off for both successful referrers and new customers. 
  • QEnergy is also offering a referral deal, whereby new customers in NSW can receive $50 off their bill if they come on board through an official referral. The new customer receives the discount off their first bill, and the person who referred them receives it off their next bill.
  • 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.

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 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 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. The next three tabs feature products exclusively from AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for Victoria. These are products 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 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 Victoria. These are products 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 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 Victoria. These are products from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Citipower energy 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 September, 2020.

  • Simply Energy has a couple of interesting deals available for Victorians. One is a specific offer for footy fans, providing a $150 AFL store voucher on its ‘Simply AFL’ plan. The other, ‘Simply Movies’, rewards customers with Village Cinema rewards points, to the total of 12,000 a year. Simply Energy customers could also win one of 10 $500 EFTPOS gift cards each quarter as part of the Simply Thanks draw.
  • AGL is providing its customers in Victoria with a $50 bill credit when signing up for energy, and another $50 when signing up for gas. In order to be eligible customers must sign up to either the Essentials Saver or Essentials plans online.
  • As in NSW, Powershop is offering Victorian customers a $75 credit when customers refer a friend to the retailer. Both new and existing customers will receive the bonus and there is no limit on the number of friends that can be referred. Sign up before September 30 and also receive $100 off energy costs applied in 4 monthly instalments.
  • Red Energy has a plan available for Victorians who love Qantas points. With the Qantas Red Saver deal, customers will receive 10,000 Qantas points on sign-up, with an additional 5,000 available to those that also choose Red Energy for their gas. There are ongoing points up for grabs for paying your bills on time.
  • Customers who sign up to CovaU in Victoria will receive a $50 bill credit off their first electricity bill for signing up online. This applies to gas, too. 
  • 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.
  • Alinta Energy has a plan that gives customers access to a year’s worth of Kayo Basic, a sports streaming service, for free. This plan carries slightly higher rates than the other Alinta product available in this state.
  • In Victoria, Click Energy gives existing customers and new sign-ups alike the chance to earn a $50 credit off their own bill for signing up their friends and family.
  • Much in the same vein, QEnergy is giving a $50 referral credit to both new customers and the person who referred them, applied onto the first and next bill respectively.
  • 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.

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 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. The next three tabs feature products exclusively from AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. These are products from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex energy 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 the EnergyAustralia plans on our database for SE QLD. These are products 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 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 SE QLD. These are products 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 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 September, 2020.

  • AGL customers that link their account to flybuys can receive 1 flybuys point for every $2 spent on their energy bill when receiving paper bills, or 1 flybuys point for every $1 spent on AGL power bills when signing up to e-billing.
  • Customers who switch to new Queensland energy provider Nectr can expect a $100 credit applied to their second bill. This retailer is only offering one plan, the Friends Clean, which works out to be among the cheapest deals in the state. Customers who participate in the refer a friend program can also receive an additional $50 credit.
  • Simply Energy currently offers RACQ members a large unconditional discount of 17% on an ongoing contract. The discount on the Simply RACQ plan applies to both the electricity usage and supply charge components of a bill. For Queenslanders who are not members of RACQ, the Simply Energy Saver plan comes with a guaranteed discount of 16%. Simply Energy customers could also win one of 10 $500 EFTPOS gift cards each quarter as part of the Simply Thanks draw.
  • Powershop is running a promotion called Online 100 which gives new customers $100 off their power when joining before September 30. This is applied in $25 instalments over 90 days. This energy company is giving existing customers the chance to earn $75 credit when they refer a friend to the retailer. Both the new and existing customers will receive the bonus credit and there is no limit on the number of friends that can be referred. 
  • Red Energy is offering new sign-ups in Queensland the opportunity to earn Qantas frequent flyer points on its Qantas Red Saver plan. For every $1 spent on their power bills, customers will earn two points in addition to the 10,000 bonus points they get for just signing up. For ongoing points customers must pay their bill on time.
  • Signing up to Alinta Energy’s new plan, the Sports Pack, will give customers a year of free access to Kayo Basic, a sports streaming service. Customers can upgrade to Kayo Premium for an extra fee. 
  • Customers who sign up to Click Energy can earn sign up credits when they join through a referral. This is through the retailer’s Click Circle program which offers a $50 bill credit to both successful referrers and new customers. 
  • QEnergy is offering a $50 referral credit to both new customers and existing referees for initiating a switch to the provider.
  • 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.

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.

South Australia Electricity Prices

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.

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 September, 2020.

  • Like in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, Simply Energy gives new South Australian customers something to think about with specific offers for RAA members. The Simply RAA product brings a welcome credit of $50 towards your bill. Customers who sign up to the Simply Plus plan will receive the same.
  • Customers who sign up to AGL in South Australia will receive up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months for signing up online. 
  • 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. 
  • Red Energy is a provider offering great sign-up incentives to those who can’t resist rewards points. On the Qantas Red Saver plan, new electricity sign-ups will receive 10,000 Qantas points and an additional 5,000 for signing up for gas. You also earn points going forward when bills are paid on time.
  • Alinta Energy is offering a new plan with a subscription to Kayo Basic, a sports streaming service. This comes at no extra cost, though be aware that rates may be higher than Alinta’s other plans.
  • South Australians who sign up to Click Energy through a referral will receive a $50 welcome bonus bill credit. The referrer will also receive the same bill credit. 
  • Powershop customers in SA that participate in the Online 100 promotion (ends September 30), will receive $100 off their electricity in four instalments of $25. They can receive a $75 sign-up credit when referred through a friend. This is applied in monthly instalments for 3 months.
  • 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.

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. Alinta Energy arguably stands out for offering plans tailored to sports lovers, which appear to bring a tangible value add, while Powershop’s refer a friend deal 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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