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How to find a great South Australian energy plan

 

  • Use your smart meter wisely. Along with allowing South Australians to monitor their energy usage, some smart meters also allow you to save money by using appliances at certain times of the day (if you’re on a time-of -use tariff).
  • Take advantage of provider discounts. Several energy providers (also called retailers) in South Australia offer discounts, meaning you could save money.
  • South Australians have numerous choices. Not getting great value from your current energy plan? You can compare various options from providers on our panel to see if you can get a better deal.

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Learn more about energy in South Australia

Comparing electricity plans

There are many South Australian electricity brands to choose from that offer great plans. You could save money by simply comparing quotes.

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Comparing natural gas plans

Natural gas can help you save money when it comes to cooking and heating. We’ll help you find a range of gas providers in SA and help you switch or set up a plan with a retailer.

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The pros of using a smart meter

Energy-conscious Aussies can keep a close eye on their energy usage with smart meters. You could go a step further and save on bills with through ‘time of use’ tariffs.

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The ins & outs of solar batteries

One in three South Australian homes has rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.1 Many of these customers could save with a solar battery.

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Deregulation in South Australia

Your state’s energy market enjoys full retail competition, which means that brands must work harder to keep their customers. For you, it’s a great opportunity to save on bills.

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SA concessions & rebates

The South Australian State Government has programs in place to help disadvantaged households pay their power bills. We’ll direct you to those options.

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More information about gas and electricity providers in SA

How electricity in SA works

Across South Australia, electricity is generated using renewable and non-renewable sources. The National Energy Market sells this generated power to electricity providers (also referred to as retailers), who then sell it to you – the customer.2

With solar PV systems, residents in South Australia can take advantage of retailer feed-in tariffs. Feed-in tariffs allow you to sell unused solar power you’ve generated back to the grid.

South Australia’s energy market has been deregulated since 2012,3 meaning you can compare and choose electricity and gas plans from different providers. To see some options available, obtain a quote with our free energy comparison service.

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How is electricity and gas in SA charged?

In SA, you’ll be charged for electricity through supply charges and usage charges. Supply charges are charges to maintain the network and transport energy to homes and businesses. Usage charges are what you pay for the electricity and/or gas you use.

Check out our guide for reading your energy bill to understand what you’ll be charged. Or see the cheapest electricity prices in SA.

Cost of electricity in SA

Numerous factors can affect the cost of electricity in South Australia, including:

  • supply charges, which cover the cost of being connected to the electricity grid. These supply charges remain the same, regardless of how much energy you use, but may vary depending on your plan and provider.
  • usage charges.Along with paying for your connection, you also have to pay a rate for each kWh you use. With this in mind, South Australian households with higher energy consumption needs will pay more for electricity. Like supply charges, usage charges vary depending on the energy plan and provider;
  • provider discounts, which could help you save on your energy bills. Always compare the discounts on offer by different providers, as they can vary; and
  • your plan’s tariff type.See below.

SA electricity charges and tariffs explained

The tariff you’re on determines how much you pay for your electricity. You may benefit from having a single rate tariff (i.e. rates that are the same regardless of when you use electricity). Meanwhile, others could save on their energy bill with a tariff that charges different rates depending on the time of day you use electricity.

Types of Electricity tariffs in SA

As a customer in South Australia, the following electricity tariffs may be available to you:

  • single rate.As the name suggests, the single-rate tariff charges a flat rate regardless of demand or the time of day. This is generally the most common tariff among South Australians;
  • time-of-use. You’re charged different prices for electricity at different parts of the day or day of the week. Retailers set the times, so they can vary; and
  • controlled load.Metered separately from your main tariff, controlled load tariffs generally offer lower rates dedicated to household appliances with high energy demands such as hot water systems.

Demand tariffs (where you’re charged extra during periods of high demand) may also be available, but are less common for residential customers.

Who are SA’s electricity and gas distributors?

In South Australia, SA Power Networks is the main distributor of electricity, while Envestra is the primary gas distributor.

Distributors charge retailers for the electricity or gas service, then retailers determine the supply and usage charges that apply to you as a customer. Distributors don’t set the prices you pay. Instead they’re in charge of transmitting gas and electricity to your homes by maintaining pipes, meters, powerlines and poles.

On the other hand, providers (also known as retailers) are the companies that bill you for your energy consumption.

Electricity and gas providers in SA

You can see which energy providers retail  both gas and electricity by reviewing the list below.

Compare the MarketTM does not compare energy products from all retailers on this list as we do not compare all brands in the market or all products offered by all brands. Information about the partners we currently compare is available here.

Electricity

  • 1st Energy
  • AGL
  • Alinta Energy
  • CovaU
  • Diamond Energy
  • Discover Energy
  • Dodo Power & Gas
  • Elysian Energy
  • Energy Locals
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Future X Power
  • GloBird Energy
  • Kogan Energy
  • Lumo Energy (SA)
  • Mojo Power
  • Momentum Energy
  • Origin Energy
  • OVO Energy
  • People Energy
  • Powerclub
  • Powerdirect
  • Powershop
  • ReAmped Energy
  • Red Energy
  • Simply Energy
  • Social Energy

* The information provided above is based in the postcode of 5000 and is accurate as of 1 March 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

If you’re looking for gas companies in Adelaide, we’ve created a list below. They provide both electricity and gas but not all may provide both types of energy in every suburb.

Note electricity and gas are billed separately, which means billing may end up on different days. But on the bright side, you could get the cheapest deals for both in your area!

Electricity and Gas

  • AGL
  • Alinta Energy
  • CovaU
  • Discover Energy
  • EnergyAustralia
  • GloBirdAustralia
  • Lumo Energy
  • Origin Energy
  • Red Energy
  • Simply Energy

* The information provided above is based in the postcode of 5000 and is accurate as of 1 March 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Whether you’re in Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Victor Harbor or another town in between, we can help you find an electricity plan with our online energy comparison service. Simply enter some details about your household usage, and you can receive quotes in minutes from available providers on one page.

Best of all, it doesn’t cost anything to compare energy plans.

Cheapest electricity in different cities

Customers in Adelaide pay a fixed supply rate to their provider, along with usage charges for every kilowatt per hour of electricity they consume. This means the more electricity customers in Adelaide consume, the higher their energy bills will be.

To understand some of South Australia’s electricity prices, look at the table below. Otherwise, you can see if there are any great deals through our energy comparison service.

Cheapest electricity in Adelaide

The amount you pay for electricity rates in SA will depend on your provider and your plan, which means you could be paying more than your neighbour for the same electricity usage. Below is a list of energy deals that show some of the cheapest electricity in Adelaide and beyond, sorted by annual cost.

ProviderPlanAnnual Cost (inc. discounts)Annual Cost (excl. discounts)Discount Benefit PeriodContract Term
ReAmped EnergyReAmped Advance – Time of Use$1,250.00$1,250.00NoneNone
GloBird EnergyGLOSAVE Residential (Flexible Rate) – SAPN$1,260.00$1,360.00NoneNone
Energy LocalsOnline Member – Time of Use$1,350.00$1,350.00NoneNone
Kogan EnergyKogan Energy Market Offer$1,410.00$1,410.00NoneNone
PowerclubPowerbank Home Flex + Smart$1,460.00$1,460.00NoneNone
PowershopShopper Market Offer$1,480.00$1,580.00NoneNone
EnergyAustraliaTotal Plan Home$1,520.00$1,520.001 yearOngoing
CovaUFreedom Plus – Residential SA TOU$1,560.00$1,560.00NoneNone
Simply EnergySA Simply Energy Saver 8% off Elec$1,570.00$1,570.00OngoingOngoing
Origin EnergyOrigin Go$1,590.00$1,590.001 yearOngoing
Discover EnergySA POWER Residential TOU Standing Offer$1,610.00$1,610.00NoneNone
Diamond EnergyEveryday Renewable Saver$1,620.00$1,800.00NoneNone
AGLResidential Essentials – No Exit Fee$1,630.00$1,630.001 yearOngoing
Alinta EnergyNo Fuss (TOU Interval)$1,640.00$1,640.00NoneNone
Lumo Energy (SA)Lumo Basic$1,650.00$1,650.00NoneNone
PowerdirectPowerdirect Residential Rate Saver – No Exit Fee$1,670.00$1,670.001 yearOngoing
OVO EnergyThe One Plan$1,670.00$1,670.00NoneNone
Dodo Power & GasResidential Standing (Default Market Offer)$1,730.00$1,730.00NoneNone
Red EnergyLiving Energy Saver$1,770.00$1,770.00NoneNone
Future X PowerMarket Offer – Smart Flat$1,820.00$1,820.001 yearOngoing
1st Energy1st Saver Plus – Single Rate$1,840.00$2,050.00OngoingOngoing
Momentum EnergySmile Power Flexi – RSR$1,930.00$1,930.00NoneNone
Elysian EnergyElysian Market Residential Simple Plan (SAPN)$1,950.00$2,030.00NoneNone
Social EnergySocial Energy Basic Plan$2,070.00$2,070.00NoneNone
People EnergyStanding Retail Contract SR$2,110.00$2,110.00NoneNone
Mojo PowerEnergy without Benefits SR$2,110.00$2,110.00NoneNone

* The prices and information provided above are based on a house with two to three adults with no solar panels or pool and in the postcode of 5000 and are accurate as of 1 March 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). Plans and prices are subject to change.

Frequently asked questions

Are electricity concessions available in SA?

Yes, there are electricity concessions in SA available for both electricity and gas. To be eligible, you must:

  • hold a valid concession card, such as a Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card;
  • receive eligible Centrelink payments or parenting payments;
  • be a resident of the property;
  • be an account holder on the electricity or gas bill; and
  • not be living with someone earning more than $3,000 annually (unless they receive a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs allowance or they’re your dependant, spouse or domestic partner).

Read more about energy concessions that may be available in South Australia.

What is the best solar feed-in tariff in SA?

The best solar feed-in tariff available in South Australia will depend entirely on which electricity provider you’re with. According to the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, it’s providers who determine how much they pay to solar customers for electricity that’s fed to the grid.

However, the government stipulates the minimum a customer is set to receive – retailers just confirm whether they offer the minimum or will offer more.

Always compare your options to ensure you’re on a plan you’re happy with.

Can I switch electricity and gas providers in SA?

You are free to switch electricity and gas providers in South Australia; this means you could pay less for energy if you opt for a different provider or take advantage of other deals. Keep in mind that there may be fees to disconnect or reconnect.

Always check the following if you’re planning on finding a new provider:

  • are there any exit fees I’ll be charged if I leave my current provider;
  • what is my current rate and usage and will I benefit if I move to a different provider;
  • how long will I be locked into a contract with a new provider; and
  • are there any deals or benefits I can take advantage of if I switch.

Why is my electricity or gas bill in SA so high?

There are numerous reasons why your electricity or gas bill in South Australia could be high, so it’s best to contact your provider directly to talk about this. Most commonly, bills are higher when people use more electricity or gas than they expected.5

Other factors that can contribute to a higher bill include:

  • the tariff you’re on
  • not being eligible for discounts you once were
  • incurring additional charges, such as late fees or unpaid amounts from previous bills
  • appliances ageing and becoming inefficient
  • gas leaks.

What is the average electricity bill in SA?

Because everyone uses different amounts of electricity at different times and there are various providers across South Australia, there won’t be an average electricity bill that applies to everyone across the state. According to the Australian Energy Regulator: Australian Energy Regulator Annual Retail Markets Report 2019-20, the median annual bill cost in September 2020 was between $1,500 and $2,000.6

However, the Default Market Offer (DMO), which is a cap on the maximum you can be charged for electricity and based on the average energy usage and supply charges, can help us understand what you might be charged.

According to the Australian Energy Regulator, the DMO in 2021-22 for people on the SA Power Network’s residential distribution network with annual electricity usage of 4,000 kWh is $1,716 a year.4 For those in distribution areas also on a controlled load of 1,800 kWh (electricity supplied to certain appliances such as hot water systems that operate in off-peak times), the DMO is $2,077 annually.

Your bill can vary based on how much electricity you use and the price your retailer sets.

Sources

1Government of South Australia: Renewables SA. Solar Energy in South Australia. Accessed 8 October 2020.
2Government of South Australia (2018). SA’s electricity supply and market. Accessed 8 October, 2020
3Essential Services Commission of South Australia. Energy pricing. Accessed 8 October 2020
4Australian Energy Regulator (2020). FINAL DETERMINATION Default Market Offer Prices 2020-21. Accessed 8 October, 2020
5Government of South Australia (2017). Understanding electricity and gas bills. Accessed 8 October 2020.
Australian Government Australian Energy Regulator (page 43) – ‘Annual retail markets report 2019-20’ – Accessed 03/12/2020

Brett Mifsud, General Manager

Meet our energy expert, Brett Mifsud

As the General Manager of Utilities at Compare the Market, Brett Mifsud is our resident expert in energy. Most South Australians can compare and choose their gas and electricity plans from different providers, which is why Brett believes education is key in helping customers make the most informed decisions when it comes to energy.

With more than 10 years of experience in the energy sector across energy exploration, production and sales, Brett hopes to change the energy landscape in Australia through comparison services. He holds a Master of Business Process Management from QUT and has led operational and project teams in the energy industry to deliver transformative change across sales, customer service, marketing and energy meter reading and billing. Brett also guest lectures at The University of Queensland.

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