South Australia Energy Rates Explained

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South Australians have more than 20 retailers to choose from when it comes to powering their home, which is great news if you like a bit of variety in your life. However, with so many options at your fingertips, it can be overwhelming trying to find a deal that stands out from the crowd. But if there’s one feature of an energy plan that shouldn’t be overlooked, it’s the electricity rates.

Power rates are generally what make up the majority of household energy costs, so it pays to know how to spot a good electricity rate. In this guide, we list the usage and supply rates from electricity retailers currently operating in Adelaide on the SA Power Network. Use our comparison tool below for specific rates in your area.

Electricity Rates SA

The following table shows the general usage rates and daily supply charges of the South Australian electricity providers on our database. We list the rates of the cheapest published deal from each company. Rates are for single rate tariffs only. Use our comparison tool for specific rates in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan General Usage Rate Daily Supply Charge
AGL Essentials 32.44¢/kWh 76.04¢/day
Alinta Energy Home Deal 26.47¢/kWh 91.30¢/day
Amber Electric Amber Plan 37.71¢/kWh 118.54¢/kWh
Diamond Energy Everyday Renewable Saver 36.59¢/kWh 95.65¢/day
Discover Energy Smart Saver 39.59¢/kWh 67.99¢/day
Dodo Market Offer 35.65¢/kWh 97.68¢/day
Elysian Energy Simple Plan 33.13¢/kWh 123.55¢/day
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 37.97¢/kWh 85.80¢/day
Energy Locals Online Member 27.01¢/kWh 62.00¢/day
Future X Power Smart Flat 31.08¢/kWh 94.38¢/day
GloBird Energy GloSave 28.38¢/kWh 104.50¢/day
Kogan Energy Market Offer 25.38¢/kWh 112.66¢/day
Lumo Energy Basic 34.05¢/kWh 90.81¢/day
Mojo Power Standing Offer 36.10¢/kWh 106.27¢/day
Momentum Energy Self Serve 27.97¢/kWh 100.68¢/day
Nectr Friends Clean 28.38¢/kWh 112.75¢/day
Origin Energy Everyday Rewards 32.66¢/kWh 73.71¢/day
OVO Energy The One Plan 27.50¢/kWh 84.70¢/day
Powerclub Powerbank Home Flat 26.45¢/kWh 86.76¢/day
Powerdirect Rate Saver 33.57¢/kWh 78.69¢/day
Powershop Shopper Market Offer 29.40¢/kWh 113.99¢/day
QEnergy Home Your Way 36.10¢/kWh 106.27¢/day
ReAmped Energy ReAmped Advance 26.80¢/kWh 85.58¢/day
Red Energy Living Energy Saver 34.96¢/kWh 117.70¢/day
Simply Energy Simply RAA 36.06¢/kWh 106.70¢/day
1st Energy 1st Saver Plus 37.93¢/kWh 85.58¢/day
Basic Plan Information Documents

Rates accurate as of June 2021.

Compare SA Electricity Prices

Trying to figure out which rates mean cheaper energy prices can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve done the calculations for you in our database, so you can compare a range of plans and rates side by side. Based on current rates in Adelaide, here are some good deals below.

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.

Electricity usage costs (per kWh) in SA

Energy costs are broken up into separate components on bills, one of which refers to how much power you’ve used over the billing cycle. Electricity usage costs are the rates you’re charged for consuming energy, so if air conditioning is a must at your place then you’ll want to know how much you’re being slogged to use power. In South Australia, you can expect to pay around 28 to 35 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), although cheaper usage rates may be available.

Where are usage rates found on a bill?

Usage rates are typically located in the section where your retailer lists each charge. In the below example, you will see that usage rate is 26c/kWh and is referred to as ‘Any Time Usage’. Keep in mind that different energy providers may list usage charges under another name, like ‘peak usage’.

Energy bill example of usage rates

Electricity supply costs in SA

Much like you’re billed for using electricity, you’re also charged for being supplied power in the first place, known as supply costs. In South Australia, supply rates vary, but expect to pay around 85 cents to $1.05 per day. Electricity supply charges will take up a large chunk of bills, particularly if your house does not use much power.

Where are supply costs found on my bill?

Supply costs are usually found next to your usage rates on the summary section of your energy bill. Below is a screenshot of electricity charges where you’ll notice the supply rate is $1.0175/day. In this example, this rate is referred to as a ‘Supply Charge’, but keep in mind it be under a different name depending on the retailer.

Energy bill example of supply rates

How to find a deal with cheap electricity rates in SA

With more than 20 retailers to choose from, the South Australian energy market has never looked healthier. And given the cost of electricity, it has never been a better time to review your current energy plan’s rates. Our free comparison tool lets you compare electricity rates among many other features, helping you narrow down a deal that’s best suited to your circumstances.

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