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.

Is Origin right for me?

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  • On offer.
  • Wide range of electricity and natural gas plans for NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT, as well as natural gas for WA.
  • Highlights.
  • Good solar tariff incentive plans and a commitment to cutting carbon emissions.
  • Comprehensive app for managing your power and gas usage among other things.
  • Look out for.
  • Fourth largest greenhouse gas emitter as of March 2018.
  • Cheapest deals only come with a 12-month benefit period.
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How much does Origin Energy cost?

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 December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin Max Saver16% less$307.80$1,231
Origin Flexi14% less$315.13$1,261
Origin Max Saver12% less$322.45$1,290
Origin Flexi10% less$329.78$1,319
Origin Freedom9% less$333.45$1,334
Solar Boost Plus2% less$360.67$1,443
Origin StandingEqual to$366.43$1,466
Origin BasicEqual to$366.43$1,466
Solar OptimiserEqual to$366.43$1,466

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 December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin Max Saver (Single Rate)5% less"Further 5% off VDO if you always pay on time.
5% off VDO when you pay by Direct Debit."
$283.14$1,133
Origin Standing (Single Rate)Equal to$333.10$1,332
Solar Boost Plus (Single Rate)Equal to$333.10$1,332
Solar Optimiser (Single Rate)Equal to$333.10$1,332
Origin Basic (Single Rate)Equal to$333.10$1,332
Origin Flexi (Single Rate)3% less$323.11$1,292

Disclaimer: The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Queensland who consumes 4,600 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Energex network. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin Max Saver15% less$333.37$1,333
Origin Flexi9% less$356.90$1,428
Origin Freedom4% less$376.51$1,506
Origin BasicEqual to$392.19$1,569
Origin StandingEqual to$392.19$1,569
Origin Solar BoostEqual to$392.19$1,569
Origin Solar Boost PlusEqual to$392.19$1,569

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 December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

Plan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin Standing1% less$482.40$1,930
Origin Freedom10% less$436.53$1,746
Origin Flexi12% less$426.83$1,707
Origin Max Saver14% less$417.13$1,669
Solar Boost9% less$441.38$1,766
Origin Value20% less$388.03$1,552
Solar Boost Plus8% less$448.82$1,795

Plans 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.

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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