Are You Paying More Than The Average Electricity Bill In Australia?

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Are you overpaying for your electricity? Or are you just interested in knowing how much your average electricity bill should be?

This article dives into the average electricity bill across various Australian states. We have summarised this in a simple table to help you easily compare against your current bill to give you a fair idea if you’re on a good deal or not. 

If your current bill is equal to or near the average power bill in your area, then you could benefit from a better energy plan. To help you compare, we’ve listed the best offer from each of the Big 3 electricity retailers in each state. 

Fill in your details in the form above or call us on 1300 232 848 to help you get a sharper rate!

Average Energy Bills in Australia*

StateAverage Electricity Bill ($)
Victoria$1,132
New South Wales$1,292
South-East QLD$1,334
South Australia$1,884
ACT$1,967

* The figures above are from the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Residential electricity price trends 2020, Final report, 21 December 2020. These figures reflect the default energy usage of a 2 person household in each state.

Average Bill – Breakdown

From the table above, we can see that Canberra has the highest electricity bill on average across Australia. So it could pay to be on the lookout for a better deal! 

South Australia isn’t too far off ACT as they also record a high average bill. They’re famous for having some of the most expensive energy prices in the world. That’s backed up by our average kWh blog with South Australia boasting the highest kWh rate of 35.32 cents. 

While Victoria can be pleased about their lowest average energy bill, it doesn’t show the full picture. Most Victorian households have gas which can easily add up their costs on top of their electricity bill. Hence why finding a cheaper energy deal in Victoria can be beneficial. 

Realised how close you might be to the average bill in your area? Fill in your details in the form or call us on 1300 232 848 today and let’s start shopping for a better deal!

Average Electricity Bill in Victoria 

Find out how much the average bill in Victoria is

From AEMC’s findings, a Victorian’s average annual electricity bill in Melbourne amounts to around $1,132.  Below we have calculated how much the average bill would cost with the Big 3 energy providers’ best electricity deals. As we can see from below the lowest average bill could be as low as $1,079 with Energy Australia.

Retailer - PlanAverage Bill ($)
Energy Australia - Total Plan$1,079
Origin Energy - Origin Go$1,121
AGL - Essentials$1,179

*The average bill for each plan in the table calculated above are based on a single rate tariff, with AEMC’s default electricity usage of 3865 kWh on the CitiPower network.

Average NSW Electricity Bill

Learn how much you should be spending on average for your energy in NSW

AEMC’s 2020 financial report states that NSW residents in Sydney, Newcastle and Central Coast have to pay $1,292 for their electricity on average. AGL leads the pack with the lowest average electricity bill of $1,274 Check out how the rest of the Big 3 Australian energy providers’ average bills are in New South Wales!

Retailer - PlanAverage Bill ($)
AGL - Essentials$1,274
Origin Energy - Origin Go$1,275
Energy Australia - Total Plan$1,307

*The average bill for each plan in the table calculated above are based on a single rate tariff, with AEMC’s default energy usage of 4215 kWh on the Ausgrid network.

Average Electricity Bill In QLD

The average a Queensland should be paying for electricity

So what’s the average annual electricity bill for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast residents? According to AEMC, the average bill in South East Queensland is around $1,334. The table below shows that Energy Australia has the lowest average annual electricity bill that creeps as low as $1,379.

Retailer - PlanAverage Bill ($)
Energy Australia - Total Plan$1,379
AGL - Essentials$1,379
Origin Energy - Origin Go$1,434

*The average bill for each plan in the table calculated above are based on a single rate tariff, with AEMC’s default energy usage of 5240 kWh on the Energex network. 

Average South Australia Electricity Bill

What South Australians pay on average for their energy

South Australians have to fork out $1,884 on average for their annual energy bills according to AEMC’s report. We’ve summarized the best deal from each of the Big 3 energy providers to see how their average bill compares against the average bill in Adelaide, SA. It looks like Origin Energy is in the top spot with an average bill as low as $1,902.

Retailer - PlanAverage Bill ($)
Origin Energy - Origin Go$1,902
AGL - Essentials$1,922
Energy Australia - Total Plan$1,946

*The average bill for each plan in the table calculated above is based on a single rate tariff, with AEMC’s default electricity usage of 5000 kWh on the South Australian Power network.

Average Electricity Deals – ACT

See what the Average Energy Bill in ACT looks like

With the highest annual average electricity bill of $1,967 according to AEMC’s report, Canberra residents may want to shop around for a new plan. Check out how the average power bill of the Big 3 energy providers’ best offers compare in ACT. From our results, we can easily see that Origin Energy has the lowest average bill of $1,707.

Retailer - PlanAverage Bill ($)
Origin Energy - Origin Go$1,707
ActewAGL - Home 15$1,810
Energy Australia - Total Plan$1,823

*The average bill for each plan in the table calculated above is based on a single rate tariff, with AEMC’s default electricity usage of 7151 kWh on the Evoenergy network.

What Affects An Electricity Bill?

Two major factors impact the cost of your electricity; Energy usage and Energy Prices. Let’s take a closer look into these two components!

Electricity Usage

Your energy usage is dependent on the number of people residing in your household. Typically smaller households that house 2 to 3 people are more likely to use less electricity than a larger household.

However, your energy usage can also depend on other factors. For instance, how frequent you use certain appliances such as washing machines, TVs, or gaming consoles. These can quickly rack up your energy bill, especially if they’re not energy-efficient!

What affects the average energy bill in Australia

Electricity Prices

How much you pay for your power is another critical factor! If you’re on a sharp rate, your bills should typically be lower than households on high electricity rates!

If you’re not happy with your current electricity deal, give us a call on 1300 232 848, and we’ll help sort you out with a sharper rate! We’ll factor in your energy usage and help you find a better deal to match your needs. 

How Do I Tell That My Bills Are Average?

Keen to find out how your energy bill compares to similar households in your area? Your latest electricity bill may offer some help with that. 

This helpful information is typically found on your energy bills. It shows the customer their daily household consumption and how it compares to other similar households in the area.

The image below is an example of Energy Australia’s electricity bill.

Find Out the daily average electricity usage in your area

Happy With What You’re paying?

If you’re already on the best deal in your state, then you have nothing to worry about. But if you don’t see your current energy deal here, you might be paying more than you should.

Do you want average or something better? 

An all-in-one comparison at your fingertips! So make the most of it by checking out the sweet deals in your area find the best electricity offer for you!

For more info on the best plan in your state, pop in your details in the form above or give us a call on 1300 232 848 today!

Disclaimer:

Important Notes To Consider:

  • Average Electricity Bill costs are based on the AEMC, Residential electricity price trends 2020, Final report, 21 December 2020.
  • The Big 3 Energy Providers’ best plans are calculated using the AEMC, Residential electricity price trends 2020, Final report, 21 December 2020 main assumption’s kWh usage.
  • All plan images have been captured off the Energy Price Fact Sheets taken from the respective retailers’ websites.
  • The information in this blog cannot substitute for legal advice. No financial decisions should be made based on information from this blog.
  • This data is accurate as of 21/01/2021
About Vimal

Vimal is an energy journalist, obsessed with getting Australians a fair price in an inflated electricity market. Equipped with a Bachelors degree in Marketing, his interests revolve around energy markets.

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