Simply Energy has launched a new electricity and gas plan targeted at fans of Aussie rules football, with up to $480 in ‘free kick’ credit said to be available.
In partnership with the AFL, Simply Energy has launched the plan in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, with discounts and credit varying depending on location.
AFL fans in Victoria, NSW and South Australia are promised the biggest bill savings, with $10 credited to both electricity and natural gas accounts every month of the two-year contract. The plan is also available to electricity customers only.
Customers in Queensland can achieve total credits of up to $240 over the two years as Simply Energy does not supply gas in the Sunshine State.
In addition to ongoing credit, the Simply AFL Plus plan includes conditional discounts off electricity and gas usage charges, provided that bills are paid on time. These discounts range from 10% up to 30% depending on location.
Customers who sign up online could also be eligible for ‘welcome credit’ of up to $100.
It is a variable rate product, meaning that prices can change at any time. There are no exit fees in Victoria, NSW or Queensland, but they are applied in South Australia.
Simply Energy has a reputation for offering various promotional offers and bonus sign-up incentives. In terms of sports, it has previously partnered with the likes of Hawthorn and the South Sydney Rabbitohs to offer vouchers that could be spent at each respective club’s megastore.
The Simply AFL Plus is offered in addition to the retailer’s other market contracts, some of which are listed below. Simply Energy also provides a plan that brings free movie tickets – the details of which vary between states – and a specific deal for automotive club members in each state.
|Provider^||Plan Name||Conditional Discount||Contract Period|
|Simply Energy||Simply Save||10%-30%||12 months|
|Simply Energy||Simply Plus||10%-38%||24 months|
|Simply Energy||Simply AFL Plus||10%-30%||24 months|
Source: Simply Energy website April 2018.
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Are these sign-up incentives worth it?
While a helpful point of difference when comparing electricity and gas plans, sign-up incentives and other ‘value ads’ should probably be treated as secondary to other important factors when choosing an energy provider. Also consider if you’re actually going to make use of what’s being offered.
Comparing plans on price is naturally crucial, but customer service should not be underestimated either. That’s why Canstar Blue produces an annual review of electricity and gas providers to see which are rated highly by customers and which have work to do!
It’s also important to keep in mind that most energy plans come with variable rates, meaning prices can be changed at the retailer’s discretion. Therefore it’s worth shopping around on a regular basis to make sure you’re not paying too much.