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AGL vs Origin

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

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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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No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.Go to site
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No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
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Get up to a $100 credit or a $100 prepaid Mastercard (Victoria) when you sign up online. Credit amounts may be less in some states. T's and C's apply.Go to site
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Get up to a $100 credit or a $100 prepaid Mastercard (Victoria) when you sign up online. Credit amounts may be less in some states. T's and C's apply.
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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 provider's compared to each other:

AGLOrigin
incentivesIncentivesFlybuys, bill creditsBill credits, online sign-up discount on some plans
greenpower optionsGreenPower options33
ratingGreen Rating3.5 stars3.5 stars
pricePriceAGL is cheaper in 0 out of the 3 states we reviewed, exclusing NSW, where both providers' cheapest plans have the same quarterly price.Origin is cheaper in 3 out of the 3 states we reviewed, exclusing NSW, where both providers' cheapest plans have the same quarterly price.

Last checked July 2020

Cost comparison: AGL vs Origin

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

The cheapest plans listed are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Sydney, NSW who consumes 3,900kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, and only one plan per provider is shown. Prices were last checked on July 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the provider's site before applying.

BrandPlan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin EnergyMax Saver - Online Special17% lessN/A$303$1,213
AGLResidential Essentials, Residential Seniors Fixed17% lessN/A$303$1,212

Verdict: Origin's Max Saver - Online Special plan and AGL's Residential Essentials and Residential Seniors Fixed plans are on a tie at $303 per quarter.

The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Melbourne, Victoria who consumes 4,000kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the CitiPower network. Prices were last checked on July 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the provider's site before applying.

BrandPlan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin EnergyMax Saver - Online Special (Single Rate)11% lessN/A$316$1,262
AGLElectric Vehicle Plan (Residential)11% lessN/A$317$1,266

Verdict: If you live in Melbourne, you could find your bill is cheaper by around $4 a year when you go with Origin.

Note: The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Queensland who consumes 4,600kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Energex network. Prices were last checked on July 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the provider's site before applying.

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

BrandPlan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin EnergyMax Saver - Online Special16% lessN/A$316$1,266
AGLResidential Seniors Fixed12% lessN/A$331$1,326

Verdict: If you live in Brisbane, siding with Origin's Max Saver - Online Special can net you an extra $60 per year compared to AGL's Residential Seniors Fixed.

The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in South Australia who consumes 4,000kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. Prices were last checked on July 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the provider's site before applying.

BrandPlan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin EnergyMax Saver - Online Special16% lessN/A$386$1,542
AGLResidential Essentials - No Exit Fee14% lessN/A$394$1,574

Verdict: If you live in South Australia, you could find that your bill is cheaper by approximately $32 a year when you go with Origin.

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 has a few conditions attached to its use.

AGL
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.
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This offers Origin's cheapest rates for a year, but it requires you to pay by direct debit as well as download and use the Origin app. You'll also need a smart meter. Signing up online can net you a modest extra discount.
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 extremely competitive, with reasonable discounts off the Victorian Default Offer. What's available is quite similar to that in NSW, but the discounts are better overall.

AGL
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.
AGL
This is the most generous discount off of the Victorian Default Offer, but it requires you to pay via direct debit and to manage your account with the Origin app. You must have a smart meter, and you can get a modest extra discount for 12 months by signing up online.
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

Here, the discounts offered by both providers compared to the reference price shrink considerably. 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.
AGL
You can get a decent discount off your entire bill for a year, but it requires that you use the Origin app and make direct debit payments. There is a small online sign-up discount.
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 to be had between plans in South Australia jump up again. AGL's online sign-up incentives are smaller here than elsewhere.

AGL
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.
AGL
This plan offers the highest discount off the reference price, but it forces you to pay by direct debit, use a smart meter and use the Origin app for plan management. You will receive a small extra discount for a year when signing up online.
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 plus a small online sign-up discount for their Max Saver.

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. In Origin's case, its Max Saver plan requires the use of its app.

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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