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1st Energy Vs AGL - Who Offers the Cheapest Plans?

The main difference between 1st Energy and AGL is the overall value each provider offers to consumers. Both retailers bring competitive offers to the table, but one provides more cost-effective value than the other. Read below to find out more.

In our latest article, we take a look at two prominent retailers – AGL and 1st Energy. If you’re wondering what each has to offer, we’ve got you covered. From the latest energy plans to a list of features you’ll get access to when you’re a customer, we break down a variety of important factors that could help you decide whether they are right for you.

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1st Energy vs AGL Plans NSW

In NSW, AGL’s Value Saver plan is more cost-effective than 1st Energy’s 1st Saver plan.

Plan Name % Below DMO* Price/year (Est.)
AGL NSW
AGL Value Saver
18% $1,498
1st Energy NSW
1st Saver
15% $1,545

*Calculated based on usage of 3911kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. The DMO reference price is: $1,827 / year. Click here to view plan energy fact sheets.

1st Energy vs AGL Plans VIC

In VIC, AGL’s Value Saver plan is more cost-effective than 1st Energy’s 1st Saver plan.

Plan Name % Below VDO* Price/year (Est.)
AGL VIC
AGL Value Saver
22% $1,225
1st Energy VIC
1st Saver
17% $1,300

*Calculated based on usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the Citipower network. The VDO reference price is: $1,571 / year. Click here to view plan energy fact sheets

1st Energy vs AGL Plans QLD

In QLD, market offers have been turned off for 1st Energy. Therefore, AGL offers the best value by default. 

Plan Name % Below DMO* Price/year (Est.)
AGL QLD
AGL Value Saver
10% $1,772

*Calculated based on usage of 4613kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the Energex network. The DMO reference price is: $1,969 / year. Click here to view plan energy fact sheets.

1st Energy vs AGL Plans SA

In SA, market offers have been turned off for 1st Energy. Therefore, AGL offers the best value by default. 

Plan Name % Below DMO* Price/year (Est.)
AGL SA
AGL Value Saver
7% $2,120

*Calculated based on usage of 4011kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks. The DMO reference price is: $2,279 / year. Click here to view plan energy fact sheets.

1st Energy Vs AGL Solar FiT

Next, we’ll cover the latest solar feed-in tariffs (FiT) offered by 1st Energy and AGL. Solar feed-in tariffs have an array of benefits with one being that it offers a return on investment for your solar system. Have questions about solar plans? Call us today and speak with one of our solar experts to learn more.

State 1st Energy1st EnergyAGLAGL
QLD 0.00 10.00
VIC 9.90 10.00
SA 0.00 10.00
NSW 6.00 10.00

1st Energy vs AGL Features

AGL and 1st Energy have a variety of features that come standard with being a customer. From a full-service online account to various rewards, energy retailers are attracting customers with a bundle of features. Want to see what AGL and 1st Energy offers? Read more below.

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Monthly Billing
Bill Smoothing
Online Account
Energy App
Rewards
Green Power Option
Carbon Neutral Option
Internet Bundles

1st Energy vs AGL Payment Options

Wondering whether 1st Energy or AGL accepts your preferred billing method? Before you switch retailers, it’s always wise to check if your payment method is accepted.

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Credit Card
Direct Debit
Phone
BPAY
Post Office
Centrepay
Cheque

AGL vs 1st Energy Renewables

Does 1st Energy or AGL rank high in renewable energy support? Retailers are transitioning to green energy and promoting their efforts. However, it’s important to see the actual data to see what metrics are used and how well they fared. 

AGL and 1st Energy participated in a study that measured their efforts toward sustainability and support for renewable energy. The data shown below was pulled from the Green Electricity Guide (GEG) by Greenpeace. 

AGL fared well in the category of “support for new renewable energy” with a respectable score of 8 out of 10.

However, this is the only category AGL had high marks on. They scored zeroes in the five other categories.

1st Energy on the other hand, scored a perfect ten out of ten in ‘halting fossil fuel expansion’ but scored below average marks in every other category outside of ‘pollution & environmental harm’.

The overall rating given by the Green Energy Guide has AGL listed in last place with a score of 1.2 out of 10 and 1st Energy at a subpar 3.54 out of 10.

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Providing clean, renewable energy3/100/10
Ending coal use by 20300/100/10
Halting fossil fuel expansion10/100/10
Support for new renewable energy0.6/108/10
Pollution & environmental harm5/100/10
Transparency in marketing3/100/10

1st Energy vs AGL Results

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Should I Switch to AGL or 1st Energy?

There you have it. AGL and 1st Energy clearly have competitive offers in their regard and showcase why they’re worth switching to. In terms of electricity prices solar feed-in tariffs and features, AGL beat 1st Energy by a landslide. Conversely, 1st Energy did well in the renewable energy sector, beating AGL’s overall score in the Green Electricity Guide (GEG). 

But before switching to either one of these retailers we recommend phoning us at Electricity Monster on 1300 232 848 and let our energy experts work to find you the best deal we have available. 

If you’re worried about overpaying on your energy bill, need a new connection, or just want to switch to a new electricity provider, give us acall at 1300 232 848. At Electricity Monster, we offer various free solutions to help you find a fair deal. Best of all, our comprehensive service is 100% free to use, and our energy experts pride themselves on finding you the best deal we have available. Don’t settle for high rates in this volatile energy climate, call us today and secure the best deal we have available.

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Disclaimer

This publication reviews 1st Energy and AGL’s plans in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT, and WA published on their website as of 10/05/2024.

Important Points to note are:

  • The plans displayed have been taken from the energy fact sheets published on the retailer's website. We do not guarantee that this information is correct or that it applies to every household in Australia. 
  • Comparisons have been made on the peak rates in single rate plans from retailers, plus their daily electricity supply charges.
  • The Citipower network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Australian Gas network has been used to compare gas plans in Victoria.
  • The Ausgrid network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Jemena gas network has been used to compare gas plans in NSW.
  • The SA Power Networks network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Australian Gas network has been used to compare gas plans in Victoria.
  • The Energex network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Australian Gas network has been used to compare gas plans in QLD.
  • The Evoenergy network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Jemena gas network has been used to compare gas plans in the ACT.
  • The ACTO network has been used to compare gas plans in WA.
  • The reference price/VDO/GAS comparison will differ based on tariff type and location (distribution area). Your actual energy bill may be significantly different to these estimates if your usage differs from the average amounts used in this calculation. 
  • The information in this blog cannot substitute for legal advice. No financial decisions should be made based on information from this blog.
  • All dollar figures include GST.
  • The plans displayed may be different than advertised.
  • The plans offered on this page may not be available in our call center.
  • ‘Get Best Offer’ is indicative of the best offer available in our database from our partners 
  • Data regarding renewable energy was pulled from the publication Green Energy Guide by GreenPeace.Plans from the rate tables have been listed in order of lowest price first. Please check the details of these plans directly with the retailer before making any purchase decisions.
  • Electricity plans are now compared to a regulated price called the Victorian Default Offer (VDO). This makes it easier to compare energy plans across the market. The VDO comparison and annual estimate is calculated based on an average usage customer.
  • When calculating our rates we include in the price/year estimate the GST (unless otherwise stated), any advertised non-conditional discounts (e.g. guaranteed discount), and any one-off credits.
  • What's not included in the price/year estimate are conditional discounts, green energy charges, any concessions or rebates which may apply to you, solar feed-in tariff credits that your solar system could generate.
  • The VDO comparison will differ based on tariff type and location (distribution area). Your actual energy bill may be significantly different to these estimates if your usage differs from the average amounts used in this calculation.
Benjamin Tom

Benjamin Tom covers the retail energy market, with a focus on electricity, solar, and Internet. His interests include helping people navigate the complexities of the energy market while saving money on their power bills.