Queensland Energy Comparison

Queensland energy usage is on the rise due to growing coal and LNG industry.

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Electricity

There are three distributors: ENERGEX, Ergon Energy, and Essential Energy. Your location determines your distributor. Even so, there is a range of retailers you can choose from. Some of the big names include Origin, Red, Simply Energy and a whole range of others.

Distributors in Queensland for Electricity

Energy distributors and suppliers in Queensland are required to join the Energy + Water Ombudsman Queensland Scheme (EWOQ). This means households are protected and legislation is followed.

Your location determines your distributor. Consumers are free to compare retailer prices. However, for the majority of Queensland, the government has the final say on how low these prices may go.

For South East Queensland, in 2016, the government brought in deregulation legislation. This leads to more competition in the market, which should drive prices down further.

In order to take advantage, first, check your current tariff rate. Your electricity tariff is the pricing structure that determines how much you are charged for energy.

For example this includes:

  • The time of use (peak off peak)
  • A controlled load with a lower rate (such as your hot water system)
  • Whether you have a renewable energy feed
  • Whether your supplier has certain ‘blocks’ that cost more or less

Pensioners and concession cardholders may be eligible for an Electricity Rebate. Customers with a qualifying medical condition who need heating or cooling may be eligible for a Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme.

Low-income households who are dealing with a temporary financial emergency may be eligible for the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme.

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Top 20 plans for Queensland

As of September 2020, here are the top 20 cheapest electricity deals in QLD. These costs are for the Energex network in Brisbane but rates may vary depending on your circumstances like your distributor, your meter type, and actual usage. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our extensive comparison platform for a specific comparison in your area and to see other plans in our database that may be available. Our database may not include all energy plans in your area.

ProviderPlanAs per EME Medium Usage Estimate (13.4 kWh/day)
ReAmpedReAmped Handshake | Anytime$1,160Compare Now
NectrNectr Friends Clean$1,160Compare Now
MojoAll Day Breakfast$1,170Compare Now
GloBirdGLOSAVE Residential (Flat Rate)-Energex$1,170Compare Now
Kogan EnergyKogan Energy Market Offer$1,190Compare Now
SumoSumo Assure Advantage Residential$1,260Compare Now
PowerclubPowerbank Home Flat$1,260Compare Now
CovaUFreedom Plus - Residential Energex Single$1,310Compare Now
AGLResidential Essentials$1,310Compare Now
Simply EnergyQLD Simply Choice Elec 17% Discount$1,310Compare Now
Future XMarket Offer - Smart Flat$1,310Compare Now
OVOThe One Plan$1,310Compare Now
PowerdirectPowerdirect Residential Rate Saver$1,330Compare Now
Click EnergyClick Flora$1,340Compare Now
PowershopShopper Market Offer$1,340Compare Now
LPELPE Mates Rate$1,340Compare Now
Alinta EnergyHomeDeal - Single Rate$1,360Compare Now
Energy AustraliaNo Frills$1,370Compare Now
1st Energy1st Saver - Single Rate$1,380Compare Now
Glow PowerGlow power Saver - Single Rate$1,410Compare Now
Queensland Compare Electricity and Gas Prices
Gas

Similar to electricity, four companies distribute gas in NSW So These are APT Allgas, Australian Gas Networks Limited, Maranoa Regional Council, and Western Downs Regional Council. They are all part of the EWOQ.

Your distributor is determined by where you live, but you can choose a range of retailers. Those who are members of the EWOQ include AGL, Maranoa Regional Council, Origin Energy, and Western Downs Regional Council.

You may be able to find a cheaper tariff by comparing your gas plan.

Low-income households who are dealing with a temporary financial emergency may be eligible for the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme. Pensioners and concession card holders may be eligible for a Reticulated Natural Gas Rebate.

You can choose a gas retailer for a lower rate – click here to compare.

Energy comparison in Queensland

Do you need help paying your energy bills?

Good news – the Queensland government offers a range of energy rebates to help people pay their bills. Also known as concessions, these rebates offer financial assistance for low-income earners, concession card holders and people with certain medical conditions. To see if you might be eligible, check the details below.

QLD energy rebates and concessions

 

Electricity and Natural Gas Rebates
Rebate value:
  • Electricity: $309.86 excluding GST or $340.85 including GST per year (alternatively, it can be calculated at a rate of 84.89c excluding GST per day (i.e. 93.38c including GST).
  • Natural gas: $66.90 excluding GST or $73.60 including GST per year (alternatively, it can be calculated at a rate of 18.33c excluding GST per day (i.e. 20.16c including GST).
Eligibility:

Concession card holders.

How to apply:

Register for the rebates with your retailer.

To find out more, visit the Qld energy rebates website.

 

Electricity Only Rebate
Rebate value:
  • $309.86 excluding GST or $340.85 including GST per year (alternatively, it can be calculated at a rate of 84.89c excluding GST per day (i.e. 93.38c including GST).
Eligibility:

Concession card holders.

How to apply:

Contact your retailer.

To find out more, visit the Qld energy rebates website.

 

Home Emergency Assistance Scheme
Rebate value:

Every 2 years, you can receive $720 to use towards your electricity or natural gas accounts.

Eligibility:

Households on a low income who face a short-term financial crisis or an unforeseen emergency.

How to apply:

Contact your energy retailer.

To find out more, visit the Home Emergency Assistance Scheme web page.

 

Household Utility Assistance Package
Rebate value:

$200 will be automatically applied to your electricity bill.

Eligibility:

All Queensland households.

How to apply:

The rebate will automatically be applied to your account.

 

Power Bill Relief Package for small and medium businesses
Rebate value:

$500 will be automatically applied to upcoming electricity bill.

Eligibility:

Small businesses with total consumption less than 100,000 kilowatt hours (kWh).

How to apply:

The rebate will automatically be applied to your electricity account.

 

Electricity Life Support
Rebate value:
  • For each oxygen concentrator: $694.18 per year, or $57.85 per month ($173.55 per quarter).
  • For each kidney dialysis machine: $464.88 per year, or $38.74 per month ($116.22 per quarter).
Eligibility:

Seriously ill people who need to use a home-based oxygen concentrator or kidney dialysis machine.

How to apply:

This will vary depending on the equipment used.

To find out more, visit the Qld Electricity Life Support web page.

 

Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme
Rebate value:

$340.85 including GST per year.

Eligibility:

People who have a qualifying medical condition requiring cooling or heating to prevent severe worsening of their condition.

How to apply:

Download an application form from the Qld Government website or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) if you need assistance.

 

Find more savings on your energy bills

Have you been on the same plan for some time now? By comparing energy plans and retailers, you might be able to find some significant savings.

See how much you could save. Compare electricity retailers QLD.

Queensland’s ‘Solar for rentals trial’

Good news if you have a rental property in the areas of Gladstone, Bundaberg and Townsville. The Queensland government is currently trialling a program that offers landlords in the areas of Gladstone, Bundaberg and Townsville up to $3,500 towards installing a solar system. There are 1,000 rebates available in total – but you’ll need to quick. Applications for this trial need to be submitted by 30 June 2020. You can find a summary of the trial’s details below.

The state government had also implemented a program of interest-free loans to help residents purchase a solar system and battery storage. Unfortunately, applications have now closed for this program. If you were fortunate enough to apply before the cut-off date, we’ve included the loan terms below for your reference.

 

Solar for rentals trial
Rebate value:
  • 1,000 rebates of up to $3,500.
  • The rebate is paid based on the size of the system installed:
    • $2,500 for systems 3 kilowatts to less than 4 kilowatts
    • $3,000 for systems 4 kilowatts to less than 5 kilowatts
    • $3,500 for systems 5 kilowatts or greater.
Eligibility:
  • The rental property must be:
    • Located in the Gladstone, Bundaberg or Townsville local government areas.
    • Detached or semi-detached with its own roof space and electricity meter.
    • Currently tenanted with a rent (before solar) of no more than $350 per week.
  • Lease requirements:
    • Participating landlords and tenants must renew or enter into a new rental lease showing:
      • A fixed term of at least 12 months,
      • A fair rent increase.
 How to apply:

Applications are to be submitted by 30 June 2020.
To find out more, visit the Queensland Government’s website.

 

Interest-free loans for solar systems (now closed)
Value:
  • Loans of up to $4,500 to purchase a solar system.
  • The loan must be repaid within 7 years.
Find out more:

Visit the Queensland Government’s website.

Loans and grants for battery systems (now closed)
Value:
  • Grants of $3,000.
  • Interest-free loans of up to $6,000, repayable within 10 years.
Find out more:

Visit the Queensland Government’s website.

 

Loans and grants for combined solar and battery systems (now closed)
Value:
  • Grants of $3,000.
  • Interest-free loans of up to $10,000, repayable within 10 years.
Find out more:

Visit the Queensland Government’s website.

How to benefit from solar feed-in tariffs

If you’re thinking about going solar, don’t forget to factor feed-in tariffs into the equation. Also known as ‘buy back rates’ or ‘solar tariffs’, feed-in tariffs give you money back on any electricity you export to the electricity grid.

If you’re a homeowner and want to take advantage of feed-in tariffs, your solar system will need to be connected to the grid. You may also be able to benefit from feed-in tariff credits if you are renting. However, you’ll need to discuss this with the owner of your home or unit.

How much can you earn with feed-in tariffs?

In 2010, you might have been able to earn 60 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). However, as the uptake of solar systems has increased, feed-in tariffs have reduced in value. These days you are more likely to receive between 10 cents per kWh and 18 cents per kWh.

Tip: If you’re considering a plan with high feed-in tariff, compare it against the usage and supply rates as well. And don’t forget to factor in any discounts, as these may only apply for a short period of time.

 

To learn more, see Using solar feed-in tariffs to save.

For more information on going solar, see A little guide to solar.

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