When you can switch
The cost of energy in QLD
How to compare retailers
How to compare QLD energy plans
The easiest way to compare QLD energy plans is to use an online energy comparison tool. Simply enter your postcode into the tool - for example, 4000 for Brisbane - and you can quickly view the available electricity and gas plans in your area. For greater accuracy when comparing electricity plans, you can include your current usage and energy requirements.
However, there are other factors to consider, such as discounts, usage and supply charges, and any fees included in the various plans on offer. You can learn more about how to compare Queensland electricity plans and energy providers below.
Can you switch energy retailers in QLD?
If you live in South-East Queensland, you shouldn’t have any problem choosing your own energy retailer. In general, residents in QLD and its major areas can choose their electricity and gas suppliers:
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You can also choose to switch your energy providers if you live in these states:
If you are not currently living in QLD, you can select your state from the list above to compare energy retailers in your region.
What is the average electricity bill in QLD?
The average electricity bill in QLD is $1,608.76. This amount will vary depending on the number of people in the household and lifestyle choices which can impact the amount of energy used. On average:
- A single person living alone: $1,322.50
- A couple living together: $1,695.50
- A family of four (two parents, two children): $2,250.50
- A family of six (two parents, four children): $2,650.50
Please note that these are only estimated averages based on a range of different individual electricity requirements and energy plans available in QLD. Depending on your provider and circumstances, your average electricity bill may be higher or lower.
Example of annual average energy prices QLD
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Top 10 Cheapest* Energy Plans QLD
|Energy Retailer||Plan Name||Estimated Cost (Quarterly)||Estimated Cost (Annual)|
|ReAmped Energy||Handshake | Anytime||$322.22||$1,288.88|
|Click Energy||Click Hibiscus||$325.44||$1,301.76|
|Powerclub||Powerbank Home Flat||$326.70||$1,306.80|
|Origin Energy||Origin Max Saver||$333.37||$1,333.48|
|Kogan Energy||Kogan Energy Market Offer||$334.43||$1,337.72|
|Alinta Energy||No Fuss - Single Rate||$334.73||$1,338.92|
|Future X Power||Flexi Saver - Single Rate||$336.55||$1,346.20|
|Elysian Energy||PElysian Market Residential Simple Plan (QEX)||$337.93||$1,351.72|
|Diamond Energy||Everyday Renewable Saver||$342.34||$1,369.36|
|Discover Energy||Residential Single Rate Ultimate Offer||$346.97||$1,387.88|
*Disclaimer: All information and details for listed plans, discounts, incentives, usage charges, and fees are only accurate at the time of writing, and may not accurately reflect the rates offered when applying. Actual rates may differ based on your location, electricity and gas use, or eligibility for plans. Please refer to the Energy Retailer website for the most up to date information.
Is the cheapest energy plan in QLD the best?
To find the cheapest energy plans in QLD and choose the best plan for your needs, you can consider the following factors:
- The lowest usage rates
- Discounts and how to qualify
- Length of discounts - i.e. benefit terms
- Supply charges
- Length of contract and exit fees
- Incentives for switching from another retailer
It’s important to remember that everyone living in QLD will use energy in a different way, which will ultimately vary depending on personal living situations, the amount of energy required by the household, the number of occupants, and the energy ratings of appliances.
How to compare QLD energy retailers
- Customer Service and Support - How easy is it to apply or change plans?
- Billing and Payments - How often are you required to pay your bill, and can bills be paid online or through an app?
- Plan Flexibility - Do they offer competitive solar feed-in tariffs?
You can read individual reviews for QLD energy providers below. Use these reviews to compare various charges, plan details, and service offerings from leading energy providers.
QLD Energy Provider Reviews
How to change energy retailers in QLD
If you've compared electricity and gas plans in QLD and found a new retailer with a better deal which suits your needs, making the switch should be relatively simple:
- Apply with the new provider
- Cancel your existing plan
- Receive confirmation of the change
Your new provider should generally be able to supply your energy by the next business day.
Changing energy retailers when renting in QLD
If you’re renting a property in QLD you can switch energy plans to a provider that best meets your needs. If you are moving into a new property within South-East QLD, it is highly likely you can stay with the same retailer.
If electricity or gas is included in your rent then you will not be able to switch providers as it will be your landlord who has responsibility for the energy service at your rental property.
How long does it take to switch energy providers in QLD?
If you are switching providers but staying on the same property, the amount of time it will take for you to switch providers will depend on when your current provider can conduct a final meter read.
Each QLD energy retailer will have their own dates for reading customer electricity meters, so be sure to check with your current provider before making the switch.
If you are moving house, many QLD energy providers will offer a move-in guarantee that ensures you will have electricity, gas, or both connected at your new property on or before the day you move. While the time required by energy providers will vary, you can generally expect to give two - five days notice before moving.
It can take up to 3 months for you to start receiving bills from your new energy provider.
What is the cost of changing energy retailers in QLD?
Energy providers in QLD will generally not charge you a fee to switch to a competitor retailer if you are on an open contract. Some retailers include a “break fee” in their fixed term contracts. The break fee applies if you terminate the contract before the fixed term ends.
If you are moving, most energy providers that operate in QLD may also charge connection fees for setting up the account and service to your home. This is a one-time fee.
QLD electricity provider discounts
Comparing electricity providers in QLD can help you discover cheaper plans and lower energy prices, but you could also discover a range of discounts on electricity plans. Some of the common QLD electricity discounts available include:
- Pay on time discount - can be applied to usage charges or your entire bill. The most common type of discount, and simply requires customers to pay their bill by a specified date.
- Direct Debit discount - can be applied to usage charges or your entire bill. An easy way to save money by linking your debit account to make automatic payments to your energy retailer.
- Bundled energy discount - varies between 2% and 15% of your bill or usage charges. Only available for customers who can receive both electricity and gas from the same energy retailer.
- Email billing discount - often only applied to your bill, as it reduces the cost of providing physical, paper bills to customers by the retailer. You will also receive all communication from your energy retailer through the same email.
- Plan-specific discounts (Unconditional energy discounts) - application will vary between plans, however they often do not need any conditions met, such as a sign-up incentive discount for switching retailers.
Be sure to check any conditions or benefit periods when comparing QLD energy retailers. You may find the available discounts on various plans range from a couple of months up to a few years.
QLD energy rebates
In Queensland, you may be able to apply for certain energy rebates if you meet specific conditions. To apply for an energy rebate, you will need to hold one of the following QLD cards:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (and receive the War Widow/er Pension or special rate TPI Pension)
- Queensland Seniors Card
To apply for the energy rebates in QLD, contact your retailer and ask them to send you an application form. If you are successful, any rebate amount will be automatically discounted from your future energy bills.
7 tips to compare electricity QLD
- Check to see when your current energy retailer reads your meter, and time your switch so you can change electricity providers quickly and avoid paying a callout fee.
- Always compare plans carefully instead of just looking at the cheapest overall price or the highest discount.
- Take note of when your new electricity provider will read your meter, and whether they offer an app to allow you to track your usage or receive alerts on bill payment dates.
- Make sure you cancel any automatic payments set-up with your previous energy retailer.
- Make sure you clear any outstanding debts with your existing energy retailer before deciding to make the change to another retailer. In general, you will not be allowed to change providers before paying your existing account in full.
- Carefully review any contract-specific fees with your new provider, such as early break fees or disconnection and reconnection fees.
- Use as many of your previous energy bills as possible to determine your actual usage charges over various months of the year. You may find that certain retailers offer seasonal rates throughout the year, which may not match your ideal energy usage for those months.
In Queensland, consumers have a wide range of options to choose from when comparing QLD energy retailers to find the best deal that suits their usage and lifestyle. Best of all, you can use our comparison tool to quickly see how your current usage compares with other QLD energy suppliers.
Simply enter in some basic details, and browse a range of deals from leading electricity and gas retailers in seconds.
Compare energy retailers QLD FAQ
How do I compare QLD electricity rates?
To compare QLD electricity rates, you will first want to look at usage charges and supply charges. Supply charges are the cost of connecting your house to electricity - also known as a service charge - while usage charges are based on your actual household energy use.
How can I quickly compare QLD energy retailers?
You can quickly compare QLD energy retailers using an online energy comparison tool. This will allow you to enter your postcode and various energy-usage details to see tailored plans available from various retailers in your area.
How do I find the cheapest electricity provider in QLD?
You can find the cheapest QLD electricity provider by comparing energy retailers and their currently available offers. You may find some QLD electricity providers offer discounts, usage fees, and sign-up incentives which are more suitable to your individual situation than others.
Can I get electricity and gas from the same energy retailer in QLD?
Yes, you can receive electricity and gas from the same energy retailer in QLD. When comparing QLD energy retailers, check to see whether they first offer both electricity and gas - you can quickly do this by using an online energy retailer comparison tool.