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Canstar Blue’s review of South Australian electricity providers compares Alinta Energy, Lumo Energy, AGL, Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia and Simply Energy on their customer service, bill & cost clarity, online tools & advice, ease of sign-up, environmental sustainability, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Everyone knows that South Australians pay a ridiculously high price for power, so if you pick up the bills, it’s all about making the best of a bad situation. That could mean negotiating an improved deal with your existing provider, or finding a new one. If you’re sick of paying the highest electricity rates in the country, Canstar Blue’s annual review and ratings can help. In this report, we list the best SA electricity providers based on customer satisfaction, while offering a detailed electricity buying guide for the state, and revealing which companies currently have the cheapest prices on our database.
Given the cost of electricity in South Australia, you’ll naturally want to find a cheap deal – and we can help you with that. However, we can also show you which SA electricity companies are rated highest based on the experiences of their customers. Paying a low price is good, but not if it comes at the expense of other factors, such as customer service. That’s why our ratings are designed to give you as much information as possible before you pick your next electricity provider. This year, our review is based on the feedback of more than 860 bill-paying customers in South Australia. So, what did we find?
Here are the best energy providers in SA as rated by customers in Canstar Blue’s latest satisfaction survey:
Over recent years, our ratings have highlighted a clear divide in customer satisfaction between the biggest electricity providers and some of the smaller challengers, with Lumo Energy and Simply Energy dominating this category since we began comparing SA power companies in 2010. This year, however, Alinta Energy has totally flipped the script, reaching the top of the leaderboard in scoring five stars for overall satisfaction, customer service and ease of sign-up. Lumo Energy, AGL and Origin Energy scored four stars overall this year, with EnergyAustralia and Simply Energy back on three stars.
Read on as we explain everything you need to know about these six electricity providers, and how to get a better deal from them. But first, why not jump into our electricity comparison tool below, or keep scrolling for a selection of the cheapest published deals on our database.
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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.
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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.
Alinta Energy has emerged as one of the biggest challengers to the big three electricity providers – Origin, AGL and EnergyAustralia – in recent years. Now owned by Hong Kong’s Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, Alinta Energy is a major player in the Western Australia gas market and is now picking up customers all over the country, including in South Australia. Households seem to be drawn to its relatively simple approach, with just two retail market offers currently available in SA. While Alinta previously relied on big discounts to give customers low overall costs, its plans now come with no discount at all, just competitive rates. It also offers a rewards programs that delivers various savings at retailers and on entertainment and activities. Alinta Energy may not be Australian-owned any more, but it has major offices in Perth and Sydney.
Lumo Energy is one of two electricity providers owned by renewable energy generation company Snowy Hydro – the other being Red Energy. Based in Melbourne, Lumo Energy offers a diverse range of electricity products in SA, including a plan targeted at customers who rent their home and often move. While Lumo Energy once relied on pay on time discounts, its latest suite of plans rely on competitive variable rates and other add-on incentives. All deals come on a no-contract basis, plus there are no exit fees. Two of its plans bring access to Lumo’s ‘Lumo Ameego’ shopping program, which gives members a range of exclusive discounts on anything from groceries to petrol.
One of Australia’s biggest energy companies, AGL generally offers two market contracts to households in South Australia at any one time, with varying benefits and conditions based on different preferences. While AGL’s flagship products come with access to flybuys points, it also comes with competitive rates. The Essentials plan comes with fixed rates for 12 months, while the Essentials Saver instead has variable rates. As an added bonus, AGL customers can collect flybuys reward points when they pay their bills, with one point for each dollar spent, in addition to up to 5,000 points over 15 months when you sign up online. AGL also has a dedicated solar product, plus a rewards program.
Energy giant Origin completely relaunched its product offerings in recent times, following the introduction of new industry regulations designed to tighten up the way retailers market their plans, with a move away from large conditional discounts. The first plan has the lowest rates, but in order to be eligible, customers must agree to a range of conditions like setting up direct debit and agreeing to email billing and communications. The other main plan Origin is advertising is suited to those that want more flexibility in their billing and payments, carrying slightly higher rates in exchange. Origin’s third plan offers no credit card or late payment fees. All plans come with no exit fees or lock in contracts. Origin is also one of Australia’s leading solar power retailers, with specific plans for customers who own solar panels. In addition, concession card holders in SA may be eligible for Origin’s SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer, with notable savings off the Reference Price. So here for further details.
As you might expect from one of the big electricity retailers, EnergyAustralia also drastically changed its plan offerings following the intense scrutiny of the industry and subsequent rule changes. It now focuses on competitive, fixed pricing as its main selling point. The first fixed rate plan has no discounts but rates locked in for 12 months, while the other fixed rate plan comes with an unconditional discount. EnergyAustralia’s third offer simply matches the Reference Price for South Australia. All EnergyAustralia plans are said to be carbon neutral for those who opt in (you’ll need to check the EA website for details). The retailer helpfully publishes estimated monthly costs for all its plans online so you’ll have an idea of what you’ll pay before signing up.
Simply Energy is typically a very price-competitive electricity provider in SA, while offering one of the most diverse product ranges around. The company is owned by French utilities giant Engie, but remains based in Melbourne. Simply Energy is well-known for offering a wide range of electricity products, including an exclusive deal for RAA members that brings additional bill credits, plus a plan that applies a smaller bill credit after 12 months. Simply Energy’s electricity products all previously included varying pay on time discounts off electricity usage charges, but the retailer now focuses more on low rates and bill credits. Rates are variable and exit fees may apply with some plans.
Here is a full list of energy providers in South Australia:
These retailers all operate on the SA Power network, meaning prices are consistent across the network and the state.
The energy market went through a significant change in July 2019 when tough new industry regulations took effect, designed to cut power prices, but also make comparing plans easier. After years of big, often dodgy discounts, retailers must now compare their plans to a ‘level playing field’ tariff called the Reference Price. The idea is that, unlike before, there is now a consistent price from which all plans must now be compared, meaning you can now get a better feeling for which providers really offer the best value. The Reference Price also acts as a price cap for those customers who were previously paying the highest prices. Households on ‘standing offers’ have been automatically switched over to the Default Market Offer (DMO) and many will have saved heaps as a result.
Given the ridiculously high prices that South Australians often pay for electricity, you would be forgiven for thinking there wasn’t much competition between providers in the market. The price of any product or service generally gets higher when there is no competition. However, this is not the case in South Australia as there are many different electricity providers fighting hard for new customers. The problem is the cost of electricity generation, transmission and distribution, which these energy companies need to pass onto their customers. However, the extent to which these costs are passed on to households is the subject of much debate. South Australia is also heavily reliant on renewable energy generation, and during periods of very high demand – such as hot summer days – supply has occasionally failed to meet demand, resulting in blackouts.
South Australia is home to more than 20 solar operating and wind farms, with a mix of private and public ownership. And while there are no more coal-fired power stations in the state, much of the electricity generated still comes from gas turbine power stations. AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia all own gas turbine power assets in South Australia.
After years of growth as far as electricity competition in South Australia, recent figures from the AEMC show that the ‘tier one’ retailers no longer rule the energy mix in this state. This is a significant leap from the 75% of households in SA that were with AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia according to a report from the AER from 2015-16. All signs pointed toward the fact that for years after the market was deregulated back in 2012, which resulted in many new providers entering the local market, many South Australians had not bothered to switch providers. The tables have been turned, with Tier 2 retailer, Simply Energy, overtaking EnergyAustralia to capture about 10% of the SA market, albeit still a far cry from the market share of AGL and Origin. How this small shift in market share affects how much South Australian’s pay for electricity remains debated, especially considering the high prices South Australians pay.
There are two types of electricity contracts that a household in South Australia could be on – the Default Market Offer (DMO) or a market contract. Knowing which type you have is the first step to saving money.
Canstar Blue’s electricity database shows that households in SA stand to save hundreds of dollars a year by switching from a default contract to a market contract, even with the same provider, provided they stick to the conditions of their plan. Bigger savings could even be possible by switching providers. According to the AER’s latest report, one in ten households in SA remain on a default contract.
Once you’re settled on the type of electricity contract you want, the next thing you need to understand is the charges that you’ll face. Electricity prices can vary considerably between providers, so it literally pays to get to know these charges, and what cheap energy rates look like. The two charges that make up your electricity bills are fixed supply charges and usage charges.
It’s important to get to know these two charges, which can be found in the energy product information documents of your plan. Working out what represents ‘cheap’ rates can help you pick the plan that’s best for you. Keep in mind that households with low usage can expect supply charges to account for a higher proportion of overall costs, while high usage households can expect usage rates to account for a higher proportion.
With more than 20 different electricity providers now operating in South Australia, you won’t be surprised to discover that there are plenty of options to consider. In their most basic form, energy plans fall into two categories – those with variables rates and those with fixed rates.
While some energy retailers play it fairly straight with their electricity plans, it’s common to see various promotional offers or plans targeting a specific consumer segment to get new customers to sign up. Simply Energy, for example, has a specific product for RAA members in SA, bringing an additional discount. Lumo Energy, meanwhile, has a rewards program whereby customers can get money off at various retail outlets and theme parks, while AGL’s customers can collect flybuys points through their bills. While tempting, it’s important to compare electricity providers in SA on their supply and usage charges before taking any discounts and incentives into account.
Most electricity plans in South Australia come with a feed-in tariff for solar customers. However, feed-in tariffs in South Australia can vary hugely between providers. Despite SA enjoying one of the highest penetration rates of solar PV in the country, there are few solar-specific plans available. Nevertheless, the retailers are competing to offer the most attractive feed-in tariffs, with rates of up to 23c/kWh currently available to new customers.
While some electricity providers offer specific incentives in an effort to get you to sign up, most simply rely on attention-grabbing discounts to stand out from the crowd. It’s not unusual to find electricity plans boasting conditional discounts of more than 15% less than the Reference Price, but it’s important not to automatically assume that the biggest discounts will mean the biggest savings. There are a few things you will need to know to get a good deal, including:
Whatever type of discount you decide is best for you, make sure you can meet the conditions. Failure to meet the conditions will result in much higher prices, and you may also be charged a fee.
Tariffs are often the subject of confusion for energy customers, but once you get to grips with what they are and how they work, you should realise that they can actually guide you towards cheaper bills. Across Australia, there are two main types of electricity tariffs – known as ‘single rate’ and ‘time of use’. Their difference is reflected by their names:
In South Australia, the majority of households have single rate tariffs, so the prices you pay for electricity will not depend on the time of day you use it. If you’ve been in the habit of using your washing machine, dishwasher or other major appliance late at night because you thought it would save you a few bucks, you are probably mistaken.
While some states have different single rate tariff options, in SA there is just one standard electricity tariff for all residential customers, but the way retailers use it can differ. This is called ‘Tariff 110’, but you may also see it called ‘peak’, ‘domestic’ or ‘anytime’ on your bills. Tariff 110 comes with ‘block rates’, meaning that the price you pay for electricity will depend on how much you actually use, rather than when you use it. This basically means your energy usage is split into daily blocks, with the first ‘block’ of power (typically 11 kWh) usually charged at the lowest rate (say, 40c per kWh). The following block could then be charged at, say, 43c/kWh, with the final block costing you 47c/kWh.
Where retailers differ is that some split usage up into just two daily blocks (the second resulting in higher prices), while others split their usage charges into multiple daily blocks, with rates getting gradually higher. You will find plans with as many as five different block usage rates during the day. There are pros and cons to this way of charging. And this means it’s important to understand your household energy consumption, to find the best plan for your needs. If you’re a large household with high energy usage, pay close attention to the price of power in the latter blocks. If you’re a small household with modest usage, you’ll likely be better off finding a plan with the cheapest first block of power, for example.
While the majority of electricity plans in South Australia come with single rate tariffs and block rates, you may still find some offering time of use tariffs. However, to access any time of use tariffs, you will need to have a smart meter installed at your property. Momentum Energy seems to be the most prominent in SA when it comes to time of use tariffs. You will also find block rates applied to time of use pricing, meaning that you could be charged different rates depending on when you use power and how much you use!
In addition to your primary tariff (single rate or time of use), you may also have a controlled load tariff. A controlled load is a separate metred circuit to the rest of your property, which means that you can be charged a different, lower rate for major appliances, usually your electric hot water system or pool pump. A controlled load tariff (also known as Tariff 116 in SA) should be much cheaper than your primary tariff, often costing less than 30c per kWh. The catch is that power is only supplied for a few hours each day.
Also, be sure to check your retailer’s energy price fact sheet for ‘demand’ charges. This new type of tariff is designed to ‘better reflect customer needs and the impact this may have on the network’. Essentially, customers are charged a low flat rate for electricity usage, plus the standard supply charge. In addition, they will need to pay a ‘demand charge’. This is a daily charge that reflects peak electricity usage within a 30-minute period during peak hours (typically 4pm – 9pm).
Some providers adjust their pricing between summer and winter, meaning you could be charged higher rates in summer – when there is greater demand for energy – and lower rates in winter. AGL is the most prominent retailer for seasonal pricing.
If you haven’t worked it out yet, finding the best electricity provider and plan for your requirements can be extremely tricky. The fact is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to energy costs in South Australia. Instead, you will need to work out which offer best meets your needs based on primarily:
You should also keep in mind that the ‘cheapest’ electricity provider doesn’t necessarily mean the ‘best’. Our ratings are based on customer satisfaction, rather than just the cheapest rates. Our cost comparison report for SA electricity providers, however, is a useful guide to which retailers offer the cheapest deals. Ultimately, you will want an electricity provider that has competitive rates, but also delivers reliable bills and good customer service when you need to.
Realistically, if you haven’t switched electricity providers for two years or more, you are almost certainly paying more for power than you need to. This is because the cheapest offers are often made possible by the conditional discounts we discussed previously. Furthermore, the best deals are generally reserved for new customers. Even if you’re satisfied with your existing provider, it’s worth reviewing your options from time to time and challenging them to match the discount they offer new customers. The power is typically with new customers, or those who threaten to leave. So if you’re ready to save some money on your bills, it’s time to get proactive.
This page was originally published by Canstar Blue Editor-in-Chief Simon Downes. He’s been writing about energy prices in SA for more than five years, helping South Australians paying the highest power prices in the country better understand their options and find a better deal, while avoiding the dodgy discounts and potential pitfalls that make comparing providers and plans confusing. Simon also acts as spokesperson for Canstar Blue and is one of Australia’s most prominent energy industry commentators.
Our electricity provider ratings for SA saw a number of brands perform well in different areas. These ratings are based on the feedback of more than 862 bill-payers in the state.
On top of its mobile phone plans, you may not know that Amaysim also offers electricity and gas in South Australia, NSW, VIC and QLD. The company previously acquired existing retailer Click Energy, but the two brands compete independently. In South Australia, you’ll find two market offers from Amaysim Energy, one with a higher feed-in tariff catered towards those with solar panels. With the provider’s current offers you’ll avoid big headline discounts, lock-in contracts and exit fees, and have the choice of monthly billing. This is a change from when the provider first launched electricity plans in the aforementioned states, where it mirrored Click Energy in boasting big discount plans.
Amber Electric is a new retailer offering a different pricing model which gives customers access to wholesale energy prices. Instead of discounts or bill credits, Amber’s main attraction is low rates, however there is a small monthly subscription fee charged. While the the electricity provider is still in its infancy, Amber Electric claims to offer customers a more ‘honest’ approach to pricing.
Owned by telco and energy company Amaysim, Click Energy has made a name for itself in the South Australian electricity market by offering relatively competitive usage and supply rates. It’s often described as one of the largest ‘second tier’ energy providers, falling short to the big three. Click has a couple of markets offer in SA, on top of its dedicated solar plan, offering quite a generous feed-in tariff. It is important to reassess the value of your plan fairly often, as Click Energy has a habit of changing its plan’s features and rates more regularly than most.
Commander typically offers just one market plan in each state, with South Australia being no exception. You can expect to see a fairly competitive usage and supply rates, as well as no exit fees. What’s different about Commander that it primarily operates as a business electricity retailer rather residential, which is what you’ll see advertised on its website. The Commander brand is owned by Vocus Communications, which also includes iPrimus and Dodo.
Diamond Energy is among the ‘greener’ electricity retailers on the SA market, in fact, ranking second in Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide. This is perhaps deserved as the retailer owns several renewable energy generators and supports environmentally-minded Australians through energy products that help solar customers make the most of their investments. On offer in South Australia is one market offer that’s straightforward, with no conditional discounts or exit fees.
Discover Energy is a new retailer on the block, servicing customers in New South Wales. Queensland and South Australia. Claimed to be a 100% Australian-owned energy company, Discover Energy claims to “put green at the forefront of the business”. Discover Energy offers highly competitive electricity rates along with a guaranteed discount off usage rates. Discover Energy boldly states it’s a “disruptor of traditional energy supply chain”, promising no lock-in contracts, an app and many other technological feats that sets it apart from its competitors.
Dodo (yes, the one that popped up on the telly in the early 2000s selling internet deals) is in the present-day retailing electricity and gas through Vocus Communications, using the name Dodo Power & Gas. It is considered one of the larger ‘second tier’ energy retailers in most areas due to its relatively large customer base. Within SA, NSW, VIC and QLD, you’ll find just one market contract from Dodo, typically coming with somewhat competitive rates and an ongoing benefit period.
A retailer specialising in alleviating bill shock is Elysian Energy. The retailer’s billing method works by customers selecting an amount of energy that is thought to be adequate for a home over the span of a month or fortnight, and then pay a set rate at the end of the period for it. What’s good is that customers are not locked into a contract, so bill-payers can exit at any time without a fee.
Energy Locals is an electricity provider that only came into the market within the last few years. It prides itself on being environmentally conscious, claiming that all of the power you use will be carbon offset through the purchasing of relevant renewable certificates. Another interesting fact about Energy Locals is that you can opt-in to having a portion of your energy bill donated to a charity or cause of your choice. Something else that’s slightly unusual is that the retailer’s plans require you to pay a fee as well as your normal rates to become a ‘member’, and in some cases to gain access to wholesale prices. But if that doesn’t suit you, you’ll also find a simple offer that offers reasonable rates with no exit fees.
Future X Power is a new electricity retailer that started servicing customers in South Australia in late 2019. It also provides power to customers in NSW, QLD and TAS. According to its website, you’ll be met with a “transparent and empowering energy retail experience”, which it attributes to its online sign-up feature. This provider is currently offering one market plan in the states in which it operates, which comes with decent variable rates and an ongoing benefit period.
After years of electricity retail in Victoria, GloBird Energy has become one of the latest entrants in the increasingly competitive South Australian energy market. It also recently started retailing power in NSW, where it introduced its signature EasySave and Glosave plans. GloSave has modest conditional discounts, while EasySave offers low variable rates.
Online retail company, Kogan, has ventured into the energy market by way of its partnership with Powershop. Kogan Energy is currently retailing in Victoria, New South Wales, south east Queensland and South Australia, offering one plan known simply as the ‘Market Offer’. Kogan Energy also has an app which allows customers to pay bills and check power usage, as well as other useful insights. Being such a big name in the online retail world, Kogan will surely make an impact in the energy space.
Smart meter owners in SA, south-east QLD and NSW have the option of signing up to Mojo Power. Although it’s not a prerequisite, customers will get the most out of Mojo Power if they are connected to a smart meter as the company prides itself on electricity monitoring and transparent pricing.
Owned by Hydro Tasmania, which claims to be Australia’s largest renewable energy producer, Momentum Energy retails electricity to customers in South Australia, NSW and Victoria. In SA, you’ll find one market offer which comes without conditional discounts and with variable rates. On this plan, Momentum claims that through its parent company, it will contribute the equivalent amount of wind, solar and hydro power that customers consume back to the grid. This plan also comes with no exit fees.
UK power giant OVO Energy has landed in South Australia, bringing its unique product offering with it. With OVO, customers can expect carbon neutral electricity supply, with the added benefit of 10% GreenPower by default. This provider’s single market offer relies on bill smoothing, rewarding customers with modest interest when their credit is in balance.
Powerclub follows many other electricity providers in aiming to ‘simply’ the energy market, and is available across SA, NSW and QLD. After paying an annual membership fee to ‘join the club’, you’ll gain access to wholesale electricity rates which are published every 30 minutes. In order to smooth out any spikes in the wholesale electricity market, and ensure you won’t be met with bill shock, the retailer has implemented a personal ‘Powerbank’, with which you place a one-off deposit for your own benefit down the track. Remember that on top of these fees you’ll still have to pay the wholesale electricity rate, as well as a daily operational fee.
Backed by Aussie energy giant AGL, Powerdirect is offering electricity plans in South Australia, NSW, Queensland and Victoria. It generally markets itself as a business electricity retailer, but also has competitive residential offerings available. This provider is advertising just one plan in SA, which comes with fixed rates for 12 months.
According to Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide, Powershop is Australia’s most sustainable energy company, owing to its investments in renewable generation and for carbon offsetting its customers’ electricity usage through the purchase of renewable energy certificates. Powershop has recently come to the South Australian market, offering up its signature ‘prepaid’ power plans to those living in Adelaide and surrounds. With Powershop’s ‘power packs’, you can purchase between one-and three-months’ worth of electricity ahead of time, or settle for a more straight-shooting ‘lite’ product, which comes with reasonable rates and works like most common plans. For those who like to engage with their energy retailer fairly often, Powershop also has various promotional packs that are offered from time to time that are typically more heavily discounted.
Whilst QEnergy has in the past placed a heavier focus on its business energy offerings, it has in recent years expanded to reach residential customers within South Australia, VIC, NSW and Queensland. It currently only has one market offer available in SA, which carries no discount. And whilst this brand follows a range of energy retailers in its crack at ‘simplifying the energy industry’, it does change its electricity rates and plans more often than most other providers.
After a successful launch in NSW and expansion to Queensland, ReAmped Energy has entered the pool of electricity retailers within South Australia, bringing with it its signature value. ReAmped prides itself on simple energy billing, removing all discounts and credits to instead bring customers low base rates. In South Australia, ReAmped has three market offers, all of which cater to different household needs.
The retail brand of Snowy Hydro, one of Australia’s best-known renewable energy generation companies, Red Energy operates in SA, NSW, VIC, QLD and the ACT. Red Energy’s plans are fairly consistent across states, and in SA you’ll find its signature deal that’s paired with Qantas Frequent Flyer points. These are variable rate products. Red Energy also has its own rewards program called Red Energy Rewards.
In the table below, we compare prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. We show one product per retailer, listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,832/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison. Our database may not cover all deals available in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.
|Electricity Provider||Electricity Plan||Difference from Reference Price^||Conditional Discounts||Price Estimate*|
|ReAmped Energy||ReAmped Advance||23% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,406|
|GloBird Energy||GloSave||16% Less Than Reference Price||23% Less Than the Reference Price for Paying on Time by Birect Debit||$1,410incl. conditional discount|
|Energy Locals||Online Member||23% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,411|
|Powerclub||Powerbank Home Flat||23% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,414
|OVO Energy||The One Plan||21% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,455
|Kogan Energy||Market Offer||20% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,475
|Powershop||Shopper Market Offer||13% Less Than Reference Price||18% less than Reference Price for pre-payment||$1,497incl. conditional discount|
|Click Energy||Flora Plus||15% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,557
|Origin Energy||Max Saver – Online Special||15% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,557
|AGL||Essentials||14% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts
|Future X Power||Smart Flat||13% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,588|
|Discover Energy||Smart Saver||12% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,614
|Powerdirect||Rate Saver||11% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,630
|Simply Energy||Simply RAA||9% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,667
|Momentum Energy||SmilePower Flexi||8% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,679
|Amaysim Energy||Post-paid Electricity||8% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,685
|Lumo Energy||Plus||3% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,693
|Diamond Energy||Everyday Renewable Saver||3% More Than Reference Price||Reduces to 7% less than Reference Price for paying on time by direct debit||$1,703incl. conditional discount
|Elysian Energy||Simple Plan||3% Less Than Reference Price||Reduces to 7% less than Reference Price for paying on time||$1,709incl. conditional discount
|EnergyAustralia||Total Plan Home||6% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,722
|Alinta Energy||No Fuss||4% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,766
|Dodo||Market Offer||3% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,781
|Commander||Market Offer||3% Less Than Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,783
|Red Energy||Living Energy Saver||Equal To Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,828
|Amber Electric||Amber Plan||Equal to Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,832
|Mojo Power||Standing Offer||Equal To Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,832
|QEnergy||Home Your Way||Equal To Reference Price||No conditional discounts||$1,832|
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The table below 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 retailer. 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||Important|
|AGL||Essentials||32.44¢/kWh||76.04¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Alinta Energy||No Fuss||33.17¢/kWh||91.30¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Amaysim Energy||Post-paid Electricity||33.60¢/kWh||93.51¢/kWh||Basic Plan Information|
|Amber Electric||Amber Plan||37.71¢/kWh||118.54¢/kWh||Basic Plan Information|
|Click Energy||Flora Plus||31.04¢/kWh||86.39¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Commander||Market Offer||35.65¢/kWh||97.68¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Diamond Energy||Everyday Renewable Saver||36.59¢/kWh||95.65¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Discover Energy||Smart Saver||36.30¢/kWh||104.01¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Dodo||Market Offer||35.65¢/kWh||97.68¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Elysian Energy||Simple Plan||33.13¢/kWh||123.55¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|EnergyAustralia||Total Plan Home||37.97¢/kWh||85.80¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Energy Locals||Online Member||27.01¢/kWh||62.00¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Future X Power||Smart Flat||31.08¢/kWh||94.38¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|GloBird Energy||GloSave||28.27¢/kWh||110.00¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Kogan Energy||Market Offer||26.17¢/kWh||117.18¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Lumo Energy||Basic||34.05¢/kWh||90.81¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Mojo Power||Standing Offer||36.10¢/kWh||106.27¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Momentum Energy||SmilePower Flexi||32.78¢/kWh||100.68¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Origin Energy||Max Saver – Online Special||37.98¢/kWh||85.71¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|OVO Energy||The One Plan||28.60¢/kWh||85.25¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Powerclub||Powerbank Home Flat||26.45¢/kWh||86.76¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Powerdirect||Rate Saver||33.57¢/kWh||78.69¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Powershop||Shopper Market Offer||29.40¢/kWh||113.99¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|QEnergy||Home Your Way||36.10¢/kWh||106.27¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|ReAmped Energy||ReAmped Advance||25.95¢/kWh||100.75¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Red Energy||Living Energy Saver||34.96¢/kWh||117.70¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
|Simply Energy||Simply RAA||36.06¢/kWh||106.70¢/day||Basic Plan Information|
Rates from SA Power network in Adelaide. Rates last updated September 2020. Use our comparison tool for specific details in your area.
If you live in Adelaide, you’re supplied energy through the SA Power network. The suburbs listed below fall within this electricity distribution network:
Those living outside of Adelaide are also provided with electricity by the SA Power network. Here are the broad areas and largest suburbs on this distribution network outside Adelaide:
Canstar Blue surveyed 12,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who live in South Australia, have an electricity account, and pay the bills – in this case, 862 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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*QLD, SA and NSW: Price is GST inclusive and is: The estimated lowest possible price a representative customer would be charged in a year for this plan, assuming all conditions of discounts offered (if any) have been met, based on the AER’s model annual usage in the distribution region as stated at the top of each table.
~VIC: Price is GST inclusive and is: The estimated lowest possible price a customer would be charged in a year for this plan, using the Victorian Government’s annual reference consumption for domestic customers in your distribution region as stated at the top of each table and assuming all conditions of discounts offered (if any) have been met.
Some plans may require you to meet certain conditions before a discount may become available to you. Check the energy provider’s plan information for details of all possible discounts that may apply and any conditions that need to be met to be eligible for these discounts. Some plans may have a minimum term longer than one year. In that case the total cost over the term will be much higher than the Price (which is only for one year). Consider the provider’s detailed product and pricing information before making a decision to take out a new plan or switch electricity providers.
^What is the Reference Price?
Reference Price: The reference price is set by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for a financial year in relation to electricity supply to residential customers in the distribution region and is based on an assumed annual usage amount. Any difference between the reference price and the unconditional price of a plan is expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price. The terms of any conditional discounts are shown, along with any further difference between the reference price and the discount applied if a condition is met, expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price.
>What is the VDO?
VDO: The Victorian Default Offer (VDO) includes a daily supply charge and usage charges (per kilowatt hour). Differences in tariffs across distribution regions reflect the unique costs of providing electricity services in each area. The difference between the VDO and the unconditional price of a plan, based on the Victorian Government’s annual reference consumption for domestic customers in the distribution region, is expressed as a percentage more or less than the VDO. The terms of any conditional discounts are shown, along with any further difference between the VDO and the discount applied if a condition is met, expressed as a percentage more or less than the VDO.
ACT: Costs based on annual household usage of 5499kWh/year on the EvoEnergy network in Canberra, September 2020. For more information on annual cost calculations please click here.
TAS: Costs based on annual household usage of 6775kWh/year on the TasNetworks electricity network in Tasmania, September 2020. For more information on annual cost calculations please click here.
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Annual cost estimates exclude solar payments. Feed-in tariffs shown are single rate only.
Solar products may only be available to solar customers and some products may only be available to customers who purchase solar PV or other products through the retailer.