Home Blog Energy supplier Simply Energy RAA Discount – Is it any Good? Nov 2023

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The Simply Energy RAA Discount

Simply Energy & RAA have been promoting “special discounts” to RAA members recently. With the support of RAA It is natural for RAA members to think the Simply Energy RAA electricity discount is a good one. Unfortunately it is not.

Editors note: An earlier version of this blog suggested that RAA were likely being paid by Simply Energy. RAA have advised that they receive no kickback from Simply Energy. Energy Umpire apologies for this error.

Carbon Offsets

Simply Energy purchase Carbon offsets for the energy you use. That’s a good thing, right? Let’s delve a bit deeper to find out more. The table below shows for a 3 person household, the average gas usage, the tons of CO2 emissions. Simply Energy claim to comply with the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard. This allows for 5 different categories of carbon offsets: Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU); Kyoto Protocol – CERs or RMUs; VERs or VCUs.

Simply Energy use VCUs which were created in China, unlike Origin which uses ACCUs created in Australia. These VCU credits recently traded at around $4/ton (State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2020, worldbank.org, Clean Energy Regulator) or about 13% of the current cost of ACCUs. In principle, Energy Umpire don’t object to the use of international carbon credits, but the different rules that apply for offsets make it hard for customers to compare their value.

To compare the RAA Simply Energy offer we could give credit to the carbon offsets included in the offer. The table below gives a guide to the value of these offsets.

Carbon Offset Cost EstimationElectricityGas
Usage 3 person home5,293 kWh p.a.26,602 MJ p.a.
CO2 Émissions (ton/yr)4.291.66
Cost to Simply Energy @ $4/ton$17$7

Helen’s case study

A recent new customer, Helen, asked us to compare electricity plans for her home, and we noticed how uncompetitive the Simply Energy RAA electricity discount really was. Helen, who lives in Adelaide, saved $530 p.a. by switching from the RAA Simply Energy deal to the cheapest electricity price.

Savings available for different types of customer in South Australia

We decided to analyse different tariff types that apply commonly in South Australia.

The following table and graph show the savings available for 3 different common types of customer across South Australia.

Savings on RAA Electricity by rate type – 3 person home in South Australia

Rate typeToU
(peak/off peak)
(single rate)
+ Controlled Load
Town NameGawlerAdelaideBelair
Average Usage (kWh/yr)*529357085708
RAA Plan Cost ($/yr)296027222594
Best Plan Cost ($/yr)243025602366
Savings ($/yr)$530$162$228
Save (After $150 sign up credit)$380$12$78
*Based on average consumption from Australian Energy Regulator 

This means that an RAA member likeHelen could save from $530 – $162. That’s a massive saving by getting the cheapest prices for electricity rather than the Simply Energy RAA electricity discount in South Australia.


If you want to compare with RAA electricity, it can be challenging, particularly for customers with ToU tariffs. Peak electricity prices for Simply Energy are seasonal with higher prices in Summer.

Fortunately the Energy Umpire smart comparison tool takes all this into account and gives super accurate results.

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