The Simply Energy NRMA Discount
NRMA has been promoting “special discounts” from Simply Energy to their members for many years.
It is reasonable for NRMA members to expect that the Simply Energy NRMA deal was a very good one, otherwise why would they promote it?
Unfortunately, we understand the ugly truth is that NRMA is paid handsomely by Simply Energy for the privilege of using the NRMA marketing channel for a sub-standard energy deal.
Peter’s case study
When Peter approached us to compare electricity for his home, we saw yet again how uncompetitive the NRMA electricity rates really were.
Peter, who lives in Penrith, could have saved $315 p.a. by switching to the cheapest electricity price compared with the Simply Energy NRMA plan designed specifically to ‘benefit’ NRMA Members.
Savings available in different towns in NSW
It gets worse. If Peter had lived in Newcastle, he would be losing $332 p.a. by choosing the NRMA electricity rates than choosing the best available prices.
The following table and graph show the savings available in 3 different towns across NSW covering each of the electricity distributors, Endeavour Energy, Ausgrid and Essential Energy. For the savings calculation we used Peter’s usage and electricity tariff type. There are similar savings available for other tariff types.
Savings on Simply Energy NRMA deal by Town
|Simply Energy NRMA Cost/year||$2478||$2471||$2854|
|Cheapest Electricity provider Cost/year||$2146||$2156||$2560|
This means that an NRMA member like Peter could save from $294 – $332 by getting the cheapest prices for electricity rather than the Simply Energy NRMA offer in NSW.
Alan Rattray, the founder of Energy Umpire said
“For the NRMA to endorse the Simply Energy NRMA offer in this way is a breach of trust to their members”
“NRMA members are entitled to expect that the NRMA was on their side and that the Simply Energy NRMA deal was genuinely attractive”
“It sums up the what is wrong with the energy market where it seems everyone is taking commissions. Even the NRMA is adopting the same dodgy behaviour.”
What are other motoring clubs doing?
RACV and RACQ until recently also partnered with Simply Energy. We exposed how their members were being exploited and both have abandoned their arrangement with Simply Energy which was costing their members big time, while RACV and RACQ collected fat referral fees. See Simply Energy Dupes RACV Members and Another motoring club duds members: RACQ Simply Energy. When. the RACV terminated their arrangement with we documented how Simply Energy abandons RACV members.
Unlike RACV and RACQ who realised the error of their ways, NRMA instead doubled down by using NRMA Blue to partner with Simply Energy to fill the gap left in Victoria and Queensland. Members pay $60/year to get a range of ‘benefits’ including Simply Energy deals.
We have tested a few of these deals and found that they aren’t the cheapest, however they are much keener than the previous offers to RACV and RACQ members.
Energy Umpire offers a simple solution for NRMA members. We compare every offer from every supplier and recommend the cheapest. We do not accept any commissions from suppliers so you get an independent comparison. When there is a cheaper price available, you get it. For a free comparison and savings calculation visit our website.