Origin vs EnergyAustralia: Electricity Cost Comparison

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It’s two of the big three energy giants up against each other – Origin and EnergyAustralia. Both are very well-known and serving millions of Aussies apiece, but does notoriety mean they’re the right choice when it comes to your electricity? Here at Canstar Blue, we’ve done the legwork for you, comparing each provider’s cheapest plans to deduce which offers the cheapest deals and rates where you live.

Since electricity bills vary considerably depending on the energy network and state in which you reside, we’ve broken down what you can expect to pay on an Origin and EnergyAustralia plan across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT. Let’s begin with a quick comparison by state. Alternatively, jump straight into our electricity comparison tool to compare plans in your area.

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Origin vs EnergyAustralia – Cheapest Deals

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

Victoria – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Origin and Powershop on our database for Victoria. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. This table includes a featured product from a referral partner.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Origin Logo

Low Rate Plan

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,189.50Annual Cost** More Details
EnergyAustralia Logo

Anytime Saver

  • 36% guaranteed discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $1,243.09Annual Cost** Go to Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

NSW – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Origin and Powershop on our database for NSW. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. This table includes a featured product from a referral partner.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Origin Logo

Basic Plan Information

Low Rate Plan

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,448.35Annual Cost** More Details
EnergyAustralia Logo

Basic Plan Information

No Frills

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,452.20Annual Cost** Go to Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Queensland – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Origin and Powershop on our database for QLD. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the Energex network in Brisbane, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. This table includes a featured product from a referral partner.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Origin Logo
Basic Plan Information

Low Rate Plan

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,420.08Annual Cost** More Details
EnergyAustralia Logo

Basic Plan Information

No Frills

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,466.38Annual Cost** Go to Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

South Australia – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Origin and Powershop on our database for SA. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. This table includes a featured product from a referral partner.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Origin Logo
Basic Plan Information

Low Rate Plan

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,980.12Annual Cost** More Details
EnergyAustralia Logo
Basic Plan Information

Anytime Saver

  • 22% guaranteed discount off usage charges
1 YearBenefit Period $2,255.07Annual Cost** Go to Site
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Australian Capital Territory – quick comparison

Here are the cheapest published deals for Origin and EnergyAustralia on our database for ACT. These costs are based on a typical three-person household living on the EvoEnergy network in Canberra, but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. Use our comparison tool above for a specific comparison in your area. This table includes a featured product from a referral partner.

Brand Features Benefit Period Annual Cost**
Origin Logo
Basic Plan Information

Low Rate Plan

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,301.58Annual Cost** More Details
EnergyAustralia Logo
Basic Plan Information

No Frills

  • No conditional discount
  • Fixed rates for 12 months
1 YearBenefit Period $1,413.93Annual Cost** More Details
View all electricity plans listed on Canstar Blue

Origin

Origin is Australia’s biggest energy company, with millions of customers across Australia and investment into a range of fossil fuel and renewable energy generators. It supplies customers in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory with electricity and in some cases gas. As far as the retailer’s plans go, you can expect to see plans offering conditional discounts and variable rate plans, with the exception of one or two unique products.

Origin Products

Here are the staple plans available when signing up to Origin Energy. Not all of these plans are available in each state, but to check which are, input your suburb into our electricity comparison tool above.

  • Origin Maximiser: This is one of Origin’s oldest plans that comes with discounts over a 12-month benefit period, between 16% and 25% off usage charges depending on your state. This discount is conditional on customers agreeing to receive bills via email and paying through direct debit. Signing up online could also earn you a bigger discount.
  • Origin Saver: This plan gives customers a pay on time discount off their energy usage of between 14% and 20%, depending on which state they’re in. The benefit period applies for 12 months, and there are no exit fees. Again, with this plan, you might be able to increase the discount amount if you sign up online.
  • Origin BillSaver: This is a variable rate product which offers a smaller guaranteed discount off the whole bill for 24 months. This discount can fall between 8% and 12% in NSW, QLD, SA and Victoria.
  • Origin Low Rate Plan: This is Origin’s no discount, locked rate plan. What this means is your usage and supply rates won’t change for a year after signing up. Despite carrying no discount, this plan often works out to be the cheapest of Origin’s plans. Customers on this plan must agree to online billing and direct debit payments.
  • Origin Supply: This plan offers no conditional discounts, contract terms or exit fees. It has the highest rates of any Origin product, in line with the retailer’s standing offers.

Origin Solar

Origin is one of the limited brands offering solar-specific plans to customers that come with some of the highest feed-in tariffs available on the market.

  • Origin Solar Boost: This plan offers up a guaranteed discount on electricity usage charges over 12 months, and comes with a feed-in tariff ranging from 14c/kWh to 20c/kWh depending on which state you live in.
  • Origin Solar Boost Plus: Like the plan above, this product comes with a guaranteed discount, only this time, it applies for two years. It offers some of the most competitive feed-in tariffs on the market, ranging from 16c/kWh to 25c/kWh.

Customers who chose not to be on these dedicated plans can still expect a feed-in tariff, which currently sits at 7c/kWh . See more on our solar comparison page.

EnergyAustralia

Another one of Australia’s ‘big three’ power retailers, EnergyAustralia offers electricity and gas plans in NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and the ACT. As with the other major retailers, EnergyAustralia offers plans with relatively large conditional discounts, as well as a 0% discount option that comes with lower base rates. Benefit periods range from 12 to 24 months, and no exit fees apply.

EnergyAustralia Products

EnergyAustralia currently has four market offers available in Australia. All states and areas in the National Electricity Market will see the same plans on offer but with varying discounts and conditions. Here’s a rough guide of what to expect from them:

  • Flexi Saver: This plan offers discounts of 12% to 25% (varying between states) off usage charges for paying bills on time. It comes with variable rates and a 12-month period, and has no exit fees.
  • Anytime Saver: This plan is often EnergyAustralia’s largest discount plan, offering an amount off usage charges between 20% and 36%, depending on what state you’re in. The discount is also guaranteed.
  • Secure Saver: This is EnergyAustralia’s fixed rate plan, locking in rates for two years. The discounts on offer vary between states, currently sitting between 22% and 24% off usage charges depending on where you are, if you pay on time. Exit fees apply.
  • No Frills: As EnergyAustralia’s newest plan, No Frills gives customers lower base rates to compensate for not offering any discounts or sign-up incentives. This plan often works out to be cheaper than some of the retailer’s high headline discount offers. Rates are locked in for 12 months.

EnergyAustralia Solar

Unlike Origin, EnergyAustralia isn’t offering those with solar panels any solar-specific products. That being said, its normal plans do still offer sometimes competitive feed-in tariffs. Here’s what you can expect in each state:

  • VIC: 9.9c/kWh
  • NSW: 12.5c/kWh
  • QLD: 16.1c/kWh
  • SA: 15c/kWh

What’s different about EnergyAustralia is that it also offers a range of solar systems. It aids with the upfront investment of solar panels by giving customers the option to pay off their new system with $0 upfront and no interest for five years.

Origin vs EnergyAustralia: Who’s cheapest in Victoria?

In Victoria, we’ve got a big discount plan and a no discount plan going head to head in a bid to reveal the cheapest deal. We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the more cost-effective of the two for the average three-person household in Melbourne on the Citipower network. Please use our comparison tool above for specific prices in your area.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost* Benefit Period
Origin Low Rate Plan 0% $1,189.50 1 year
EnergyAustralia Anytime Saver 36% $1,243.09 1 year

*Costs based on annual usage calculations using usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the Citipower network in Melbourne.

We find that if only by a small margin, the Origin Low Rate Plan is the more cost-effective plan of the two in Victoria. To see how these products go against others available in the state, head to our Victoria energy price comparison report.

Origin vs EnergyAustralia: Who’s cheapest in NSW?

It’s a no discount plan from Origin up against another no discount deal from EnergyAustralia, but which of the two will deliver households on the Ausgrid network in Sydney the best value? Let’s find out.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost* Important
EnergyAustralia No Frills 0% $1,452.20 Basic Plan Information
Origin Low Rate Plan 0% $1,448.35 Basic Plan Information

*Costs based on annual usage calculations using usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the Ausgrid network in Sydney.

Origin’s Low Rate Plan beats out the No Frills from EnergyAustralia in NSW, but only just! In case you weren’t aware by now, the big discounts don’t always bring big savings! In this case, it seems your choice might have to come down to personal preference. Compare these plans and providers against a range of others in our NSW price comparison report.

Origin vs EnergyAustralia: Who’s cheapest in QLD?

In Queensland, it’s a 0% discount battle with Origin’s Low Rate Plan going up against its counterpart, the No Frills, from EnergyAustralia. But which will bring the better value? Find out with the calculations below that are based on figures for a three-person household living in Brisbane on the Energex network.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost* Important
Origin Low Rate Plan 0% $1,420.08 Basic Plan Information
EnergyAustralia No Frills 0% $1,466.38 Basic Plan Information

*Costs based on annual usage calculations using usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the Energex network in Brisbane.

Origin Energy comes out on top with its Low Rate Plan, but it’s not by a very big amount. See what else is on offer in South-east Queensland in our QLD cost comparison report.

Origin vs EnergyAustralia: Who’s cheapest in SA?

Things are looking a little bit different in South Australia, with the cheapest plan from Origin coming in as its Low Rate Plan offering, while the cheapest from EA is currently the Anytime Saver. Although one provides a lucrative discount, does it mean it’s the cheapest option? Here’s what we’ve found based on an average house in Adelaide.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost* Important
Origin Low Rate Plan 0% $1,980.12 Basic Plan Information
EnergyAustralia Anytime Saver 22% $2,255.07 Basic Plan Information

*Costs based on annual usage calculations using usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the SA Power network in Adelaide.

Here we see that despite Origin not offering a discount with its Low Rate Plan in SA, the retailer still emerges as the cheapest of the two in the state. If you didn’t already know that discounts don’t always deliver the savings they promise, you do now. But remember, there are many other plans available in Adelaide and surrounds – take a look at them in our SA comparison report.

Origin vs EnergyAustralia: Who’s cheapest in the ACT?

Things could be close in the ACT, where once again it’s two 0% discount plans going up against each other to reveal which provider is offering the cheapest prices. Based on a three-person household on the EvoEnergy network in Canberra, here are the prices you could expect to pay on these plans.

Provider^ Plan Discount Annual cost* Important
Origin Low Rate Plan 0% $1,301.58 Basic Plan Information
EnergyAustralia No Frills 0% $1,413.93 Basic Plan Information

*Costs based on annual usage calculations using usage figures from the AER for a three-person household on the EvoEnergy network in Canberra.

In this state it’s again Origin taking the spot as the cheapest provider, but there’s not very much in it. These plans are currently amongst the cheapest in the state overall, but it’s always best to monitor it in our ACT electricity comparison report.

Should I sign up to Origin or EnergyAustralia?

Origin has achieved a clean sweep in this comparison, emerging as the cheaper retailer in five out of five states. However, in some cases the difference between EnergyAustralia and Origin’s cheapest offers isn’t much to brag about, so other factors become just as important.

What’s important to mention is that while prices and rates are definitely something to consider when looking for an energy plan, it’s far from the be-all-end-all. Both retailers are long-standing, having handled millions of customers and have well-established ways of doing things, but there are a few things that separate them.

Origin has a range of solar specific products offering some of the best feed-in tariffs available on the Australian market, and bar it’s consistently cheap Low Rate Plan product, its discounts tend to be a good reflection of the plan’s real value. EnergyAustralia on the other hand may not have solar plans, but offers a range of solar installation options to help you get set up and generally has slightly longer benefit periods.

Remember that these two providers are far from your only options when looking at making the switch to a new electricity plan, and if you want to see what’s available in your specific area, follow the link below.

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