Energy Australia vs Origin

Origin is a behemoth in the Australian energy market, with nearly 3 million more customers than Energy Australia, but having more people buying your energy doesn’t necessarily make you better.

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We’ve put together this guide to help you distinguish between two of Australia’s three largest energy retailers. We look at what plans they offer and where as well as a quick comparison of their best prices state by state.

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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Features Customer service rating More details Details
Origin
Origin
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, WA
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
Energy Australia
Energy Australia
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, SA, ACT
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
  • Credit card fees
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Energy Australia 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:

Energy AustraliaOrigin
incentivesIncentivesDiscounted plan feesEveryday Rewards incentives
greenpower optionsGreenPower options33
ratingGreen Rating3.5 stars3.5 stars
pricePriceEnergy Australia is cheaper in 1 out of 3 states that we reviewed, excluding NSW where the rates are identical for both providers.Origin is cheaper in 2 out of 3 states that we reviewed, excluding NSW where the rates are the same.

Last checked March 2021

Cost comparison: Energy Australia vs Origin

The list below shows 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 $1,393 / year.

From 1 July 2021, residential demand charges will be introduced for some customers to encourage households to use less electricity during peak demand times. If applicable, demand charges are billed monthly based on your highest demand for electricity in kilowatts (kWh) typically during a 30 or 60 minute period of the preceding month. Whether you receive a demand charge will depend on the electricity network region, your retailer and your electricity usage during peak demand times. The pricing in our tables do not currently account for demand charges. For more information about demand charges, please speak to your electricity retailer.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details Reference Price Description
Total Plan Home
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.88/day

General usage rates:
$0.27/kWh

16% less

than the reference price

$292

Includes GST
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,168 which is 16% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Total Plan Home, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,168 which is 16% 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 VIC (Postcode: 3000) who consumes 4,000 kWh 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.

From 1 July 2021, residential demand charges will be introduced for some customers to encourage households to use less electricity during peak demand times. If applicable, demand charges are billed monthly based on your highest demand for electricity in kilowatts (kWh) typically during a 30 or 60 minute period of the preceding month. Whether you receive a demand charge will depend on the electricity network region, your retailer and your electricity usage during peak demand times. The pricing in our tables do not currently account for demand charges. For more information about demand charges, please speak to your electricity retailer.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details Reference Price Description
Total Plan Home - Peak Only
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.13/day (01/01-12/31)

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

13% less

than Victorian Default Offer

Further 11% off VDO if you always pay on time.
$235

Includes GST and conditional discounts
Total Plan Home - Peak Only is 13% less than the Victorian Default Offer for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $940 (a further 13% below the Victorian Default Offer). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Total Plan Home - Peak Only is 13% less than the Victorian Default Offer for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network. If you qualify for all discounts, the lowest annual cost is $940 (a further 13% below the Victorian Default Offer). 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.

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

The following comparison is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in QLD (Postcode: 4000) who consumes 4,600 kWh 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.

Based on the AER annual model usage in the Energex network, the AER reference price is $1,455 / year.

From 1 July 2021, residential demand charges will be introduced for some customers to encourage households to use less electricity during peak demand times. If applicable, demand charges are billed monthly based on your highest demand for electricity in kilowatts (kWh) typically during a 30 or 60 minute period of the preceding month. Whether you receive a demand charge will depend on the electricity network region, your retailer and your electricity usage during peak demand times. The pricing in our tables do not currently account for demand charges. For more information about demand charges, please speak to your electricity retailer.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details Reference Price Description
No Frills
Customer service rating
EnergyAustralia
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.86/day

General usage rates:
$0.22/kWh

9% less

than the reference price

$331

Includes GST
With No Frills, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,324 which is 9% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With No Frills, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,324 which is 9% 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 ACT (Postcode: 2601) who consumes 5,499 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Evoenergy 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.

BrandPlan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin EnergyOrigin GoN/AN/A$367$1,468
Energy AustraliaTotal Plan HomeN/AN/A$387$1,548

Prices last checked on March 2021 and are subject to change.

What plans are available from Energy Australia 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

The plans on offer in New South Wales are the standard suite for each provider, consisting of three from Energy Australia and four from Origin.

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You’ll receive fixed rates for the 12-month benefit period, which is determined by the guaranteed discount that applies for the same period.
This plan has lower base usage rates than the Total Plan, but it has similar prices. It offers fixed rates for the first 12 months.
This plan is as basic as the title implies. You’ll get electricity at the reference price, with no extra discounts.
Origin
This provides you with Origin's cheapest fixed rates for a year and flexible payments. Everyday Rewards customers get extra points when signing up, paying bills, and can access 25% GreenPower for free.
This is a lot like the Max Saver but with slightly higher usage rates and without the same billing and app requirements.
This offers a smaller reduction in rates than the Flexi plan, but it is otherwise entirely the same.
This plan provides rates equal to the state’s reference price, but it has a $100 bill credit after the first 3 months.

Victoria

energy Australia logo
This plan gives a guaranteed discount on your usage and supply rates for the duration of the one-year benefit period. The rates are also fixed for this period.
Much like the Total Plan, the No Frills plan will give you a fixed rate for the first 12 months before changing to a variable rate. It provides lower base rates than Total, but no discount.
There’s nothing extra about this plan as it simply offers electricity at the Victorian Default Offer. As such, it doesn’t have a benefit period.
Origin
A fairly generous discount on the Victorian Default Offer, with fixed rates for the first year. If you're an Everyday Rewards Customer, you earn bonus points when you sign up, pay your bill, and will get 25% GreenPower for free.
This is a less-rigid version of the Max Saver. It has higher usage rates but no associated requirements for direct debit billing and app use.
This will not give you a discount on your usage rates compared to the reference price, but you’ll get a $50 bill credit after 3 months.

Queensland

Once again, you'll find little difference between the rates offered by Energy Australia's Total Plan and No Frills plan in Queensland for the first 12 months. Origin's offerings are largely comparable to those in other states.

energy Australia logo
As in other states, the Total Plan provides a guaranteed discount on both your usage and supply rates for the first 12 months you’re on it. It also has fixed rates during that period.
This plan is very similar to the Total Plan, but it has lower fixed rates for the first twelve months and no discount. It works out to be about the same as the Total Plan.
This plan does not have any bonus features. It provides electricity at the reference price and nothing more.
Origin
Save on power with fixed rates for the first year of your plan, as well as flexible payments. If you have an Everyday Rewards account, get bonus points when you sign up, pay bills, and enjoy 25% GreenPower for free.
This is similar to the Max Saver plan, but it has more flexibility around bill payments as well as higher rates.
This plan has higher usage rates than the Flexi plan but comes with the same freedom in payments.
This plan is close to the reference price but with a $200 bill credit applied after 3 months.

ACT

The ACT is different in that it has no set reference price like you'll find in other states, but Energy Australia and Origin both have competitive plans on offer for residents.

With the Total Plan, you’ll receive a guaranteed discount on your rates for the benefit period of 12 months. The rates will be fixed for the same length of time.
This plan is mostly equivalent to the Total Plan, but it replaces the guaranteed discount with lower base rates in the first place. These rates are fixed for the one-year benefit period.
This plan provides no bonus features and provides electricity at the reference price.
Origin
Get 12 months of fixed rates bundled with flexible payment options. Everyday Rewards customer? Enjoy 25% GreenPower for free, bonus points per dollar spent on your bill, and even bonus points when you sign up.
This plan offers more flexibility in bill payments as well as higher rates than the Max Saver plan, but it does not require you to use the app.
This is a more expensive version of the Flexi plan, but it retains the same freedom in payments.
This plan supplies power at the reference price, though Origin offers a $100 bill credit after 3 months along with it.

Verdict

Neither Origin nor Energy Australia offers very much in the way of sign-up incentives, though Origin does have a few tiny discounts and bill credits here and there on some of its plans. Both companies boast a power usage and management app for their customers to track their power use.

When it comes to environmental options, both Origin and Energy Australia offer GreenPower certified renewable energy in increments of 10%, 20% and 100% for Energy Australia and 25%, 50% and 100% for Origin. Origin also offers a wide range of solar power options and has very high feed-in tariffs available for many of its plans compared to Energy Australia.

Origin wins over Energy Australia when it comes to plan prices. When choosing one of these suppliers over the other, you may want to consider other things like customer service and which plan will suit you best in terms of your power use 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
  • Time of use
  • Time of use with a controlled load

The price estimate should not be used as an official quote, but an indication of what your costs may be on the plan. It varies based on whether you provide us with your bill details. You can learn more here.


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