AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

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There are more than 30 different energy providers operating in Australia, but two of them have more market share than the rest combined. They are AGL and Origin, and in this review we compare their electricity plans across the country to find out which offers the best terms and the cheapest prices when you live.

We won’t bore you with a history lesson about each of these big companies because, quite frankly, who cares? Instead, let’s just focus on the important stuff – what AGL and Origin offer their customers, and where you can find the best deal. To do this, we’ll focus on each state separately.

While the electricity plans you will see often have the same names across Australia, it’s important to read the specifics because the details can vary considerably between states. Also keep in mind that energy providers tend to change their discounts and incentives quite frequently, so the below details are subject to change.

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AGL or Origin – Cheapest Deals

Here are the current cheapest published deals on our database for AGL and Origin across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, with any conditional discounts factored in.

Victoria – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Origin Energy plans on our database for Victoria. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

NSW – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Origin Energy plans on our database for NSW. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

South Australia – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Origin Energy plans on our database for South Australia. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Queensland – quick comparison

Here are the AGL Energy and Origin Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Victoria

Both AGL and Origin offer a good variety of electricity plans to their Victorian customers, with significant discounts reflecting the competitiveness of the local market. AGL offers households in Melbourne and the rest of the state two  electricity options to choose from with incentives often available.

  • Essentials Saver: Essentials Saver is a no-discount plan with variable rates. This plan has no lock-in contract and comes with access to AGL rewards, as well as up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months if you sign up online.
  • Essentials: This plan comes with locked in usage and supply rates for 12 months. There is no conditional discount and no exit fees for cancelling the contract early. Customers may also be eligible to claim up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months for signing up online.

Origin offers various different electricity plans in Victoria, on no contract terms or 12 month contracts.

  • Max Saver – Online Special: This plan is marketed towards electricity customers looking for the biggest savings. The Max Saver – Online Special comes with notable savings compared with the VDO, however customers will need to sign-up online, as well as receive bills by email and pay by direct debit in order to claim the greatest savings.
  • Max Saver: The Max Saver comes with a modest discount off the whole bill, but customers will need to sign up to e-billing and make payments via direct debit.
  • Flexi: The Flexi plan has a smaller discount than the Max Saver plans, however it is guaranteed and comes off the whole bill (usage and supply charges) for 12 months.
  • Basic: This is Origin’s most basic plan with no discounts or set contract period, and is in line with the default offer for Victoria, or ‘VDO’.

Who’s cheapest in Victoria?

In the table below, we show AGL and Origin Energy prices on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the VDO is $1,334/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
AGL Essentials Saver 10% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,201
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special 6% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,253
Energy Fact Sheets

~Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices will differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

In Victoria, you’ll notice that AGL comes out on top in this particular comparison. You can see how AGL and Origin compare to many other providers in the state with our Victoria Electricity Cost Comparison report.

New South Wales

Households with AGL or Origin in New South Wales have similar plan options as those in Victoria, but with some subtle differences in discounts. AGL offers the same range of electricity plans to customers in Sydney and the rest of the state, throwing in a generous amount of flybuys points, as well as a generous credit when signing up online.

  • Essentials Saver: This plan comes with a $75 bill credit when signing up online as well as up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months for the same. This plan has variable rates.
  • Essentials Plus: The ‘Plus’ version of the Essentials product is available over two years, bringing a $20 bill credit every six months for 24 months. On top of this, customers will receive a $75 online sign-up bill credit. Rates are also locked in.

Origin offers a similar suite of plans to its customers in New South Wales as it does those in Victoria.

  • Max Saver – Online Special: Like the name suggests, this plan is for customers who sign-up online only, as well as those who wish to receive bills by email and pay by direct debit. It comes with decent savings when compared to the reference price and has a benefit period of one year.
  • Max Saver: The Origin Max Saver is similar to the plan above, but comes with smaller savings off both the usage and supply charges for 12 months.
  • Flexi: The Flexi is a no contract plan which features a small discount off the entire bill for one year.
  • Freedom: Origin’s Freedom product comes with a reasonable discount off usage and supply charges.

Who’s cheapest in NSW?

In the table below, we show AGL and Origin Energy prices on the Ausgrid network in Sydney. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,467/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special 17% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,217
AGL Essentials Saver 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts
$1,276
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

Origin’s cheapest plan works out to be the best bet from a monetary point of view- but just barely. Customers should consider other features of an electricity plan, like rewards and sign-up incentives, as well as fixed rates. You can see how AGL and Origin compare to other providers in our NSW electricity cost comparison report.

South Australia

Electricity customers with AGL in South Australia have two plans to choose from, while those with Origin have four offers to consider. The AGL plans available in Adelaide and the rest of the state come with a choice of either fixed or variable rates.

  • Essentials Saver: This plan comes with variable rates, an online sign-up credit and up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months when customers sign-up online.
  • Essentials Plus: This time rates are locked in for 24 months, plus customers will receive a $20 credit every six months during the two-year benefit period. It also comes with a decent sign up credit and flybuys points for signing up online.

Origin brings the same four electricity plans to South Australia as it provides in New South Wales and Victoria, but with increased headline discounts.

  • Max Saver – Online Special: An online deal offering customers generous savings off the reference price for 12 months. This product is only available for customers signing up online.
  • Max Saver: The Max Saver includes a discount off the entire bill for one year. It has no exit fees.
  • Flexi: Origin’s Flexi product features a smaller discount off usage and supply charges for 12 months.
  • Freedom: The Freedom plan has a reasonable discount off the entire bill.

Who’s cheapest in South Australia?

In the table below, we show AGL and Origin Energy prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,941/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special 15% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,650
AGL Essentials Saver 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,688
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

In SA, you’ll find Origin Energy’s Max Saver – Online Special being slightly cheaper, with AGL’s Essentials Saver being more expensive, though packing some value with flybuys points. See how AGL and Origin compare to other energy providers in the state with our SA Electricity Cost Comparison report.

Queensland

AGL keeps its range of electricity products consistent in Queensland, offering the same three plans for households to choose from. Prospective AGL customers in South East Queensland will receive an online sign-up credit off their first bill, plus other incentives like flybuys points.

  • Essentials Saver: The Essentials Saver plan from AGL comes with variable energy rates, a decent online sign-up credit and up to 5,000 flybuys points over 15 months when customers join online.
  • Essentials Plus: With the Essentials Plus, rates are locked in for 24 months, plus customers will receive a $20 credit every six months during the two-year benefit period. This deal also comes with a once-off sign up credit of $75 and additional flybuys points for signing up online.

Origin customers in South-East Queensland have four options to choose from, but with varying discounts available compared to other states.

  • Max Saver – Online Special: The online version of the Max Saver plan offers customers larger savings off the reference price for 12 months. This plan is only available for online sign-ups.
  • Max Saver: The Max Saver from Origin has a discount off usage and supply charges for one year and has no exit fees.
  • Flexi: Origin’s Flexi plan offers a discount off usage and supply charges for the 12-month benefit period.
  • Freedom: Origin’s Freedom plan is much like the Flexi product above, but comes with a smaller discount off the entire bill.

Who’s cheapest in Queensland?

In the table below, we show AGL and Origin Energy prices on the Energex network in Brisbane. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,570/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special 16% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts
$1,319
AGL Essentials Saver 12% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts
$1,382
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4600Wh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Energex network in Brisbane, but prices will differ between distribution areas. November 2019.

In SE Queensland, Origin Energy works out to be the cheaper plan, though in order to get the full value, you’ll have to agree to a set of conditions. Find out how these costs compare to other providers in the state with our QLD Electricity Costs report.

AGL vs Origin: Electricity Plans

AGL and Origin are the two biggest electricity and gas retailers in Australia, offering a broad range of products in an effort to suit most households. These include discounted plans, products with no discounts at all, and various solar-specific offers for households with solar panels. As a result, AGL and Origin are both perfectly viable options whether you’re connecting power for the first time or searching for a better deal.

So what have we learned here? Well, based on these comparisons, AGL and Origin are tied with two states a piece, though it’s important to point out that different tariffs may bring different results, and that prices vary between networks in NSW and Victoria. With price differences sometimes nearing $100 a year, it’s important to make sure you’re not paying more than you have to. Use our energy comparison tool for a specific quote in your area.

The message would be that it’s worth paying attention to the discounts offered with electricity plans, because not only will they help to reduce your overall costs, the percentage often directly relates to which plans work out cheapest. Not always, but quite often. This will make selecting a new plan a little easier, but probably shouldn’t dictate your final decision because there are other things to consider when searching for a new energy deal.

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AGL vs Origin: Western Australia

In addition to competing on the east coast of Australia, AGL and Origin are also now battling it out for market share when it comes to gas in Western Australia. However, they face a tough fight to break through up against established gas suppliers Alinta Energy and Kleenheat. AGL and Origin currently offer the following gas plans in the Perth area:

AGL

  • AGL Savers: This plan provides a generous 43% discount off gas usage charges when you pay on time. The benefit period is 24 months. This is a variable rate product.
  • AGL Set and Forget: This plan carries the largest discount at 44% off gas usage charges for 24 months. The discount is conditional on paying by direct debit. This plan also has variable rates.

Origin

  • Origin Supply: This is Origin’s basic gas plan with no discounts and an unlimited benefit period.
  • Origin Flexi Usage: This comes with a 28% discount off usage charges for a benefit period of 12 months.
  • Origin Max Saver Usage: This plan gives customers a generous 35% discount off gas usage charges for 12 months. Bills must be received via email payment must be paid by direct debit.

Should I sign up to AGL or Origin Energy?

AGL and Origin both offer other incentives in a bid to secure your custom. AGL’s big selling point is its partnership with shopping rewards program flybuys, with one point available for every $1 you spend on energy. If you switch to AGL online, you will also net up to 5,000 bonus points over 15 months. The other point to remember about AGL is that some of its plans come with bonus ongoing bill credits.

Both AGL and Origin also promote their online account management tools to help you closely monitor your energy usage. This is important because, while the energy plan you’re on will dictate how much you pay, so will the amount of power you actually use. The AGL app and Origin app are both great tools for people looking to manage their accounts on the go.

AGL and Origin both additionally offer GreenPower-accredited plans to customers throughout Australia. For AGL, this takes the form of its Green Choice product which can be added to plans for an additional amount on usage costs. Customers can choose between 10, 20 or 100% GreenPower. Origin customers can select 25, 50 or 100% GreenPower on top of any plan.

If you’re close to making a decision about whether AGL or Origin are the best bet for your household, we suggest a look at our customer satisfaction ratings to see how other consumers rate both providers.

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