AGL vs Origin | Compare rates (2021): Just how much can you save?

AGL vs Origin

AGL and Origin Energy are two of Australia's biggest electricity retailers, serving nearly 8 million customers between them... but which offers better deals?

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We've put together this guide to help you figure out which provider, AGL or Origin, has the better deals. We've broken down the information by the four states they both operate in for convenience. Retailers can alter their plans and rates at any moment, so the numbers and plans we've summarised below may change in the future.

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Origin
Origin
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, WA
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  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

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No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
AGL
AGL
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA
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  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

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AGL vs Origin: How do they stack up against each other?

At the time of writing, here's how the two providers compared to each other:

AGLOrigin
incentivesIncentivesFlybuys, bill creditsEveryday Rewards incentives
greenpower optionsGreenPower options33
ratingGreen Rating3.5 stars3.5 stars
pricePriceAGL is cheaper in 1 out of the 3 states we reviewed, excluding QLD where the prices are identical.Origin is cheaper in 2 out of the 3 states we reviewed, excluding QLD where the prices are the same.

Last checked March 2021

Cost comparison: AGL vs Origin

The tables below show the cheapest plans for each provider. We don't include plans that have special eligibility requirements.

The following comparison is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in NSW (Postcode: 2000) who consumes 3,900 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying. To view more, you can use our engine.

Based on the AER annual model usage in the Ausgrid network, the AER reference price is $1,462 / year.

Energy prices change regularly in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT and TAS. Our pricing and estimates below may not always take these possible changes into account, so please confirm plan details and pricing with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details Reference Price Description
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.72/day

General usage rates:
$0.23/kWh

21% less

than the reference price

$289

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,156 which is 21% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,156 which is 21% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Prices last checked on March 2021 and are subject to change.

The following comparison is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in Melbourne, Victoria (Postcode: 3000) who consumes 4,000kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the CitiPower network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying. To view more, you can use our engine.

Based on the general usage in the CitiPower network the VDO reference price is $1,270 / year.

Energy prices change regularly in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT and TAS. Our pricing and estimates below may not always take these possible changes into account, so please confirm plan details and pricing with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details Reference Price Description
Residential Essentials Saver
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.09/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.21/kWh (01/01-12/31)

4% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$304

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials Saver, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,216 which is 4% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials Saver, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,216 which is 4% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Prices last checked on March 2021 and are subject to change.

The following comparison is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in Queensland (Postcode: 4000) who consumes 4,600kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Energex network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying. To view more, you can use our engine.

For residents outside of South East Queensland, residents don't get to choose their provider as energy is regulated by the Queensland Competition Authority.

Based on the AER annual model usage in the Energex network, the AER reference price is $1,508 / year.

Energy prices change regularly in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT and TAS. Our pricing and estimates below may not always take these possible changes into account, so please confirm plan details and pricing with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details Reference Price Description
Residential Essentials
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.91/day

General usage rates:
$0.20/kWh

17% less

than the reference price

$313

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,252 which is 17% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,252 which is 17% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Prices last checked on March 2021 and are subject to change.

The following comparison is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in South Australia (Postcode: 5000) who consumes 4,000kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. We show one plan per provider and the estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from this list. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage. Always check the provider's site before applying. To view more, you can use our engine.

Based on the AER annual model usage in the SA Power Networks network, the AER reference price is $1,832 / year.

Energy prices change regularly in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT and TAS. Our pricing and estimates below may not always take these possible changes into account, so please confirm plan details and pricing with the provider before making a decision.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details Reference Price Description
Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee
Customer service rating
AGL
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.77/day

General usage rates:
$0.33/kWh

13% less

than the reference price

$398

Includes GST
With Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,592 which is 13% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee, for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network, the lowest annual cost is $1,592 which is 13% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Prices last checked on March 2021 and are subject to change.

What plans are available from AGL and Origin in each state?

Note: Discounts and incentives change often. Be sure to check with the provider before signing up or applying.

New South Wales

Residents in New South Wales have access to the full suite of plans from both AGL and Origin. AGL offers several online sign-up incentives, while Origin's highest saving plan gives bonuses to Everyday Rewards customers.

AGL logo
This has simple variable rates plus a $75 credit for your first bill when you sign up online. You can also collect up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months in the same way.
This is the same as the Saver plan, but it adds a $20 bill credit every 6 months for 2 years on top of the previous incentives. The usage rates are locked for the first 2 years of the plan before returning to a variable rate.
Origin logo
This will provide you with Origin’s cheapest fixed rates for a year and flexible payments. Everyday Rewards customers get bonus points on signup, for paying bills, and 25% GreenPower for free.
This is similar to the Maxi Saver but with slightly higher rates and without the same billing and app requirements.
This gives you the same flexibility as the Flexi plan, but with a smaller discount.
This plan provides rates similar to the reference price, but it offers a $100 bill credit after the first 3 months.

Victoria

The plans offered by both companies in Victoria are competitive, with reasonable discounts off the Victorian Default Offer. What's available is quite similar to that in NSW, but the discounts are smaller overall.

AGL logo
This plan provides simple variable rates over 12 months. There are no discounts attached, but you can get up to 5,000 flybuys points over the first 15 months.
You can get slightly higher usage rates than the Saver plan, but they're locked for the first 12 months before becoming variable again. It offers the same flybuys points incentive.
Origin logo
This is the more generous discount on the Victorian Default Offer, with fixed rates for the first 12 months. If you're an Everyday Rewards Customer, you can earn bonus points when you sign up, pay your bill, and access 25% GreenPower for free.
This is a more flexible version of the Max Saver, offering higher usage rates but removing the requirements for direct debit billing and app use.
This plan doesn't offer a discount in usage rates, but it does offer a $50 bill credit after 3 months.

Queensland

The discounts offered from the reference price aren't too bad, but the range of savings between the plans is not as large as the range in other states.

AGL
This is the highest discount off the reference price on a simple variable rate. You can get a no-lock-in contract, and it provides a $75 bill credit and 5,000 flybuys points over the first 15 months for signing up online.
This is a version of the Saver plan with fixed rates for the first 24 months and the same incentives plus a $20 bill credit every 6 months for 2 years. Generally, the usage rates are higher than the Saver.
Origin logo
Save on power with a fixed rate for the first year of your plan, plus flexible payments. Those with an Everyday Rewards account get bonus points when signing up, paying bills, and can even get 25% GreenPower for free.
This is similar to the Max Saver plan with more flexibility in bill payments and higher rates.
This is a higher usage rate version of the Flexi plan, but it offers the same freedom in payments.
This plan is close to the reference price, but it comes with a $200 bill credit applied after 3 months.

South Australia

The savings on plans jump up again in South Australia.

AGL logo
This plan offers variable rates as well as a $25 bill credit and up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months if you sign up online.
This is very similar to the Saver plan with the same online sign-up incentives, but it has locked usage rates for the first 24 months. You'll also receive a $20 bonus credit every 6 months for the first 2 years of your plan.
Origin logo
Enjoy 12 months of fixed rates and flexible payment options. Everyday Rewards customer? Get 25% GreenPower for free, bonus points when you pay your bill and bonus points when you sign up.
This is similar to the Max Saver plan, but it is not as rigid in terms of payment. It has higher usage rates to compensate for a 12-month benefit period.
This is generally a more expensive version of the Flexi plan, with the same benefits and freedom.
This plan is close to the reference price, and it offers a $100 bill credit after 3 months of being on the plan. There is no benefit period.

Verdict

As far as online incentives go, AGL wins out – especially if you're a fan of Flybuys points, which you'll accrue simply by switching to AGL online for up to 15 months. Many of AGL's plans come with extra bill credit along the way, while Origin's best online incentives are some bill credits for their most basic plan and big rewards for Everyday Rewards customers on its Go plan.

Both providers offer GreenPower renewable choice on their plans, with AGL providing increments of 10%, 20% and 100%, and Origin offering 25%, 50% and 100%. In addition, both AGL and Origin have comprehensive management apps to help customers not only pay their bills but to also manage their energy use to keep their bills down.

Ultimately, while Origin has the cheaper plans, the retailers are similar enough that the one to go with depends largely upon your circumstances and where you live.

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Important notes: The estimated price we show by default is based on a single rate tariff. On your bill this might be known as a "peak tariff", "peak only" or an "anytime tariff". There are other tariff types available to customers and you may need to contact your provider if you are on these tariffs:

  • Single rate with a controlled load
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  • Time of use with a controlled load

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