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Origin Energy: Gas, electricity and solar provider

It's one of the biggest names in the industry, but what can Origin Energy offer Australians seeking a better deal?

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Origin Energy is one of Australia's biggest energy retailers, providing electricity and natural gas to customers right across the country. Operating in every state except Tasmania, Origin has four million customers signed up to its plans.

In addition to producing energy, Origin is involved in exploration operations for natural gas and solar panel installation. Recently, it has committed to halving its carbon emissions by 2032.

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Disclaimer: The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in NSW who consumes 3,900 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network. Prices last checked on May 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying - Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage.
Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Origin Max Saver - Online Special
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.86108/day

General usage rates:
$0.29425/kWh

17% less

than the reference price

$303

Includes GST
With Origin Max Saver - Online Special, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,213 which is 17% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Flexi
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.86108/day

General usage rates:
$0.29425/kWh

14% less

than the reference price

$314

Includes GST
With Origin Flexi, for a residential customer who consumes 3900 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the lowest annual cost is $1,256 which is 14% 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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Disclaimer: The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Melbourne, Victorian who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the CitiPower network. Prices last checked on May 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying - Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage.
Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Origin Max Saver - Online Special (Single Rate)
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.1309/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.2517/kWh (01/01-12/31)

11% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$316

Includes GST
With Origin Max Saver - Online Special (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,262 which is 11% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Flexi (Single Rate)
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.1309/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.2517/kWh (01/01-12/31)

6% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$333

Includes GST
With Origin Flexi (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,333 which is 6% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Flexi (Single Rate)
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.1309/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.2517/kWh (01/01-12/31)

5% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$337

Includes GST
With Origin Flexi (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,348 which is 5% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Flexi (Single Rate)
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.1309/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.2517/kWh (01/01-12/31)

5% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$337

Includes GST
With Origin Flexi (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,348 which is 5% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Basic (Single Rate)
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.1309/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.2517/kWh (01/01-12/31)

Equal to

Victorian Default Offer

$355

Includes GST
With Origin Basic (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,418 which is Equal to the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Flexi (Single Rate)
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.1309/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.2517/kWh (01/01-12/31)

3% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$344

Includes GST
With Origin Flexi (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,376 which is 3% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Standing (Single Rate)
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.1309/day (01/01-12/31)

General usage rates:
$0.2517/kWh (01/01-12/31)

Equal to

Victorian Default Offer

$355

Includes GST
With Origin Standing (Single Rate), for a residential customer who consumes 4000 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the CitiPower network, the lowest annual cost is $1,418 which is Equal to the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
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Disclaimer: The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in South-East Queensland who consumes 4,600 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Energex network. Prices last checked on May 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying - Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage.
Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Origin Max Saver - Online Special
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.11496/day

General usage rates:
$0.23936/kWh

16% less

than the reference price

$316

Includes GST
With Origin Max Saver - Online Special, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,266 which is 16% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Flexi
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.11496/day

General usage rates:
$0.23936/kWh

10% less

than the reference price

$339

Includes GST
With Origin Flexi, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,356 which is 10% 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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Disclaimer: The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in South Australia who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Network. Prices last checked on May 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying - Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage.

Name Product Rates Reference Price Estimated Quarterly Price Reference Price Desc Mobile More details
Origin Max Saver - Online Special
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.85712/day

General usage rates:
$0.37983 to $0.40535/kWh

16% less

than the reference price

$386

Includes GST
With Origin Max Saver - Online Special, 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 $1,542 which is 16% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
Origin Flexi
Green Electricity Guide rating
Origin Energy
Green Electricity Guide rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.85712/day

General usage rates:
$0.37983 to $0.40535/kWh

13% less

than the reference price

$399

Includes GST
With Origin Flexi, 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 $1,597 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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The following price estimates are a general guide only. Estimated prices are based on a residential customer in Canberra, ACT who consumes 5499k kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Evoenergy network and only one plan per provider is shown. Estimated prices include conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded. Prices last checked on May 2020 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Billing Green rating More details Details
Origin
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
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No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
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Important: Providers may change or remove discounts at any time. Always check the provider's website for what discounts are available.

What plans are offered by Origin?

Origin offers a wide range of different electricity plans to residents of every Australian state and the ACT except for WA and TAS. It offers natural gas plans to all of the above, plus WA. None of the plans have lock-in contracts, and therefore none have associated exit fees.

Energy Electricity

This is more or less the default offer, providing you electricity to your residence at or near the reference price. It's not quite a standing offer because Origin does provide sign up incentives with it, such as bill credit 3 months after first taking out the plan. It's available with three tariffs: flat rate, time of use, and either of those plus a controlled load.

This is Origin's main offering, and boasts the highest discounts compared to the reference price. However, it comes with a couple of requirements: first, that you must pay all your bills via direct debit, and second, that you have to download and use the Origin Energy app to manage your plan and energy use. It's available with the same tariffs as the Basic plan.

A less restrictive version of the Max Saver plan which doesn't require you to lock into direct debits or use of the Origin Energy app. In return, usage rates are higher than for the Max Saver, but still lower than what you would get on a Basic plan.

The Solar Optimiser plan is available to residents of NSW, QLD, and VIC. It has no discount on usage rates compared to the reference price for your state, but it does come with significantly boosted solar feed-in tariffs to compensate — somewhere between 15 - 21c/kWh depending on your state.

The Solar Boost plan is available to residents of SA and the ACT. In addition to offering lower usage rates than the reference price, it also improves the solar feed-in tariffs you receive depending on where you live. You can expect to see boosted rates of 12 - 15 c/kWh.

Gas Gas

As with the electricity plans, this plan provides natural gas at Origin's base rate. There are no real special features, but it may still have deals like bill credit after signing up.

Origin's best natural gas plan, offering much lower usage rates than the Basic one. As with electricity, this requires you to set up all your payments as direct debit and to download and use the Origin Energy app.

A less restrictive version of the Max Saver plan, with higher usage rates but more flexibility. You don't have to meet any special conditions or payment options to sign up to this plan.

A quick review of Origin Energy

Origin offers a wide range of electricity and natural gas plans for NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, as well as natural gas for WA.

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  • Pros.
  • Good solar tariff incentive plans and a commitment to cutting carbon emissions.
  • Comprehensive app for managing your power and gas usage among other things.
  • Cons.
  • Fourth largest greenhouse gas emitter as of March 2018.
  • Cheapest deals only come with a 12-month benefit period.

While Origin Energy trades as an Australian company and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, it's actually owned by various shareholders all across the world. It was only formed back in 2000, after a demerger of the Australian conglomerate Boral Limited.

Origin Energy is one of Australia's biggest retailers of gas and electricity in both the residential and business markets, including renewable energy.

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NSW
VIC
QLD
TAS
ACT
SA
NT
WA

Does Origin offer solar?

Origin energy offers installation, service, support and maintenance of solar systems for your home. Their service area includes a 100km radius from metro areas in ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, and SA, and they provide several different solar packages and setups.

All of their plans offer solar feed-in tariffs that are about average for each state, and have equitable solar incentive plans for customers in all states that provide higher solar rates. Overall, Origin performs well on solar.

How green is Origin?

Origin Energy ranks in the top twenty-five percent of Australian energy providers with a score of 6.8/10 on the 2018 Green Electricity Guide. They have shown a lot of recent investment in renewable energy, including wind, solar, hydro and biomass, as well as offering 25% GreenPower for an extra $1 a week. On top of this, they have accessible energy efficiency products and support local energy trading schemes.

Where Origin Energy falls down a bit is their extensive current investments in fossil fuels and their ongoing support and production of coal seam gas. While Origin has a stated plan to cut their emissions in half by 2032, they were the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases across Australia in March 2018.

Does Origin offer any special incentives to sign up?

Currently, Origin has sign-up deals for certain plans. Some Max Saver plans come with a small discount when purchased online, and most Basic plans offer about $50 - $200 of bill credit three months after signing up.

Can I manage my plan from my phone?

Yes. Origin Energy has developed the Origin phone app, which is actually mandatory for users who wish to get the best rates on their Max Saver plans. It allows customers to view their daily power usage, pay their bills, and even keep track of how much they've made from feeding solar power back into the grid.

This is one of the more extensive online management systems available from any energy retailer.


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    timOctober 3, 2017

    Do you have energy home assessor , who visit an make recommendations?

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      HaroldOctober 4, 2017Staff

      Hi Tim,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      While we cannot recommend what is best for you, we can offer you a general information. Regarding electricity and gas you can call Origin Energy website or call 13 24 61.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    CheryleJuly 10, 2017

    My mother is an ‘Origin’ customer but does not get any discounts except for the pension. Can she switch to the ‘Origin Saver’ plan, if not, she will switch to another supplier that will offer her discounts.

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      RenchJuly 10, 2017Staff

      Hi Cheryle,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Please note that we are not affiliated with Origin Energy or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      Origin Energy offers certain discounts for electricity and gas depending on your plan and your state. You may select your state on the tabs above this page to see details. I suggest contacting Origin Energy directly to inquire about their discounts.

      Best regards,
      Rench

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