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Powershop vs AGL: Electricity Cost Comparison

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When you’ve got two retailers that are worlds apart, it may be hard to decipher which is the right one for you. We’re taking energy giant AGL and fan favourite Powershop for a spin to find out which provider is offering the cheapest prices and best value where you live. We’ll also dive into other plans offered by AGL and Powershop, as well as the added benefits you could receive by signing up.

Since both providers are offering plans in New South Wales, Victoria, South East Queensland and South Australia, we’ve broken it down by state to get a better idea of which provider is the cheapest where you live. Let’s start with a quick breakdown of their current cheapest plans on our database.

AGL vs Powershop – cheapest deals

Which provider is cheapest in NSW: AGL or Powershop?

Powershop is currently the cheaper of the two providers in NSW. If you’re curious as to how AGL and Powershop perform up against other providers, head to our report on NSW electricity prices.

Here are the cheapest published deals for AGL and Powershop on our database for NSW. This table includes 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. 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 provider is cheapest in VIC: AGL or Powershop?

In Victoria, Powershop has come out on top with the cheaper price. See how these plans compare to other electricity retailers in our Victorian price comparison report.

Here are the cheapest published deals for AGL and Powershop on our database for Victoria. This table includes 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. 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 provider is cheapest in QLD; AGL or Powershop?

In South East Queensland, Powershop’s cheapest plan beats AGL’s cheapest plan on price. Find out how these costs compare to other providers in the state with our SEQ electricity costs report.

Here are the Powershop and AGL plans on our database for SEQ. This table includes 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. 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 provider is cheapest in SA; AGL or Powershop?

In Adelaide, you’ll find Powershop’s cheapest plan beats out AGL’s cheapest offer. See how AGL and Origin compare to other energy providers in the state with our SA electricity costs report.

Here are the Powershop and AGL plans on our database for South Australia. This table includes 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. 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.

AGL

AGL is one of Australia’s ‘big three’ energy companies. Having been around for over a century, the provider is currently serving millions of Aussies in the National Electricity Market (NEM). It offers a range of plans, all of which come with variable rates. The retailer is known for offering sign-up incentives, and has launched a loyalty program called AGL Rewards to benefit its customers.

Powershop

Powershop is a popular retailer offering electricity to customers in NSW, VIC, QLD, and SA. Its plans used to promote a different billing approach to other retailers, whereby consumers had the option to pay for ‘Powerpacks’ ahead of time, where usage was then tracked using smart meters. However, Powershop has since switched to using a traditional post-paid billing method where customers are simply billed for their power use.

Which retailer offers better value overall?

From what we can see, Powershop and AGL both offer reasonable value in the states they serve. AGL provides what it refers to as ‘simplified energy’ with its no-discount offers. Going with AGL might work out more appealing if you feel better being with a well-known brand. If, however, you’re willing to put in a touch more effort, then Powershop could be right for you.

In this case, as the difference in price is often marginal, it really boils down to your personal preference, in both provider values and how you’d like to pay for your power. But remember, your options aren’t limited to these two – clicking the button below will take you to our page where you can compare prices from as many as 20+ providers in your area (depending on where you live), no contact details required.

This comparison is based on a very specific household, with usage figures and postcodes detailed above. Any annual cost estimates should be considered indicative only and not an actual quote. Please use our comparison tool for information catered to your location and electricity usage estimates. 

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Tara Donnelly
Utilities Editor
Tara Donnelly is an internet and mobile expert - sectors she’s spent a decade covering - and also oversees energy and consumer technology content. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Canberra and has shared her expertise on national media including 9 News, 7 News, Sunrise and the ABC.

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