Red Energy vs Origin

Red Energy may not be as large as Origin Energy, but which comes out ahead?

Cost comparison: Red Energy vs Origin Compare rates
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We've put together this guide to help you figure out whether Red Energy or Origin has the better deals. We've examined 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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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.
Red Energy
Red Energy
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing

Customer service rating

Customer service rating
  • GreenPower
  • Solar
  • Monthly billing
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Red Energy vs Origin: How do they compare?

Here's how the two providers compared to each other at the time of writing:

Red EnergyOrigin
incentives
Incentives
Qantas points, Red Energy RewardsOnline sign-up discount on some plans
greenpower options
GreenPower options
YesYes
Customer service
Customer service rating
4 stars4 stars
price
Price
Red Energy is cheaper in 0 out of 4 states that we reviewedOrigin is cheaper in 4 out of 4 states that we reviewed
Notes
Notes
No benefit period on discounts/ongoing discountsDiscounts may expire after 12 months on cheapest plans

Last checked March 2021

Cost comparison: Red Energy vs Origin

The tables below show the cheapest plans for each provider in each state. 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
Living Energy Saver
Customer service rating
Red Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.81/day

General usage rates:
$0.22 to $0.22/kWh

16% less

than the reference price

$292

Includes GST
With Living Energy Saver, 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 Living Energy Saver, 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 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.

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
Living Energy Saver
Customer service rating
Red Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$1.12/day (01/01-12/31)

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

1% less

than Victorian Default Offer

$314

Includes GST
With Living Energy 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 $1,256 which is 1% less than the Victorian Default Offer (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Living Energy 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 $1,256 which is 1% 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 $1,455 / 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
Living Energy Saver
Customer service rating
Red Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.94/day

General usage rates:
$0.21/kWh

11% less

than the reference price

$325

Includes GST
With Living Energy Saver, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,300 which is 11% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Living Energy Saver, for a residential customer who consumes 4600 kwh a year on a flat rate tariff in the Energex network, the lowest annual cost is $1,300 which is 11% 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 $1,716 / 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
Living Energy Saver
Customer service rating
Red Energy
Customer service rating
Daily supply charge:
$0.90/day

General usage rates:
$0.34/kWh

1% less

than the reference price

$424

Includes GST
With Living Energy Saver, 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 $1,696 which is 1% less than the reference price (including any discounts). Your actual bill will differ, based on your actual usage and tariff type.
With Living Energy Saver, 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 $1,696 which is 1% 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 Red Energy 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 of New South Wales have access to the most plans combined between the two retailers.

Red Energy logo
Get variable rate electricity and access to Red Energy Reward discounts on hotels, restaurants and more.
You can earn up to 10,000 bonus Qantas points by purchasing power.
A deal tying in with Taronga Zoo. Get a 1 adult, 2 children membership to Taronga Zoo, plus some associated discounts.
Origin logo
Origin's cheapest fixed rates for a full year, plus flexible payment methods. Everyday Rewards customers get extra points when they sign up, pay their bills, and enjoy 25% GreenPower for free.
Not as big a guaranteed discount as the Max Saver, but you don't have to meet any special conditions.
Provides a smaller discount than the Flexi plan, but is ongoing rather than expiring at the end of a 12-month period.

Victoria

Origin's cheapest plan has a few conditions attached to its use in Victoria, while Red Energy gives you access to some rewards for its plans.

Red Energy logo
Variable rate electricity with access to the Red Energy Rewards program, granting access to over 4,500 discounts.
Get up to 10,000 bonus Qantas points for purchasing electricity.
Origin logo
A good discount on the Victorian Default Offer, with fixed rates for a whole year. If you're also an Everyday Rewards customer, you'll get 25% GreenPower automatically, and earn bonus points when signing up and paying your bill.
Similar to the Max Saver with slightly higher rates but no special requirements.

Queensland

The gap between Red Energy and Origin is a little bigger in Queensland than it is in other states, with Origin's best plan giving solid benefits.

Red Energy logo
Simple variable rate electricity with no contract term. Get a boosted feed-in tariff on your solar for the first 5kWh per day.
Earn up to 10,000 bonus Qantas points when spending money on your power bill.
Origin logo
This plan gives a fixed rate for the plan's first year and flexible payments. Those with an Everyday Rewards account can receive bonus points upon sign up, when they pay bills, and even enjoy 25% GreenPower for free.
Higher variable usage rates than the Max Saver. No special requirements to access the 12-month guaranteed discount.
Smaller discount than either of Origin's other Queensland offerings, but the discount is ongoing and doesn't expire after 12 months.

South Australia

Origin wins out in South Australia, where Red Energy's plans are equivalent to a standing offer.

Red Energy logo
Basic variable rate electricity with no set contract term.
Identical to the Living Energy Saver, but you earn Qantas points for every dollar you spend on your energy bill.
Origin logo
Fixed rates for 12 months on your electricity. Everyday Rewards customer? Tap into 25% GreenPower for free, earn bonus points per dollar spent on your bill, and even bonus points when you sign up.
Removes the extra requirements of the Max Saver, offering standard variable rate electricity with a smaller guaranteed discount.
No expiry period on the guaranteed discount, meaning that you'll get a smaller discount than other plans, but it won't run out after 12 months.

Customer service score: Red Energy vs Origin

The Finder customer service score is distinct from customer reviews, and is based on a range of accessibility and responsiveness measures. These include when support is available, support and application processes, payment plans and more.

Red Energy and Origin Energy stand on equal footing with both scoring 4 stars out of a possible 5.

Verdict

When examining incentives for signing up, Red Energy comes out ahead, especially if you value Qantas frequent flyer points. Origin has good incentives for Everyday Rewards customers on the Go plan, but not much beyond that.

You can get GreenPower with either provider. With Red Energy it's 100% or nothing, while Origin has increments of 25%, 50% and 100% for a bit more flexibility.

Origin Energy has a dedicated app for plan management, but Red Energy just has the usual online account management portals.

When it comes to customer service, both Origin Energy and Red Energy outshine most of their competitors, with extensive service available throughout the week.

Origin has cheaper plans with a few more attractive features, but the best plan to go with depends on where you live and the prices you have available to you.

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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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