Powershop vs Origin Compared

Powershop vs Origin: Electricity Cost Comparison

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It’s a David versus Goliath battle – Australia’s biggest energy retailer taking on the new, loudmouth upstart that seems to enjoy poking fun at the old, boring incumbents. We’re talking, of course, about Origin Energy and Powershop.

When it comes to electricity providers, they are quite literally poles apart. But who offers the cheapest prices and the best overall value for your money? In this review, we compare electricity prices from Origin and Powershop to help you make a more informed decision about your power supply.

Before we go into detail about their electricity plans in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, let’s first set the scene by providing a little background information on both retailers and a quick price comparison of their cheapest products.

Origin and Powershop cheapest deals

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

Which deal is cheapest in NSW; Origin or Powershop?

Powershop’s cheapest offer beats out Origin’s cheapest plan for top spot in NSW. Find out how these two retailers compare to other electricity providers by reading our NSW cost comparison review.

Here are the cheapest published deals for Origin Energy and Powershop on our database for NSW. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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 3911kWh/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.

Which deal is cheapest in VIC; Origin or Powershop?

In this comparison, Powershop’s cheapest priced plan beats out Origin. See how these costs compare to those from other electricity retailers by viewing our VIC price comparison report.

Here are the cheapest published deals for Origin and Powershop on our database for Victoria. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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.

Which deal is cheapest in QLD; Origin or Powershop?

In south-east Queensland, Powershop’s cheapest plan beats Origin’s cheapest plan on price. Find out how these costs compare to other providers in the state with our SEQ electricity costs report.

Here are the Powershop and Origin Energy plans on our database for SEQ. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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 4613kWh/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.

Which deal is cheapest in SA; Origin or Powershop?

In Adelaide, you’ll find Powershop’s cheapest plan beats out Origin’s cheapest offer. See how AGL and Origin compare to other energy providers in the state with our SA electricity costs report.

Here are the Powershop and Origin Energy plans on our database for South Australia. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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 4011kWh/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.

Origin Energy Background

Origin is one of Australia’s biggest energy companies with millions of customers across the country and a wealth of both fossil fuel and renewable energy generation assets. Origin is also one of the biggest retailers when it comes to household solar, offering panel and storage system installation along with competitive feed-in tariff rates.

In most areas, Origin’s cheapest deal is its Go Variable offering, while one of its other plans gives new customers access to 5,000 Everyday Rewards points for signing up. But whether or not it’s right for retailers to only make their best deals available in this manner is a matter of opinion.

Powershop Background

Powershop is an export originally of New Zealand, where it enjoys a far bigger market share than it does in Australia. However, since moving across the ditch, the company has been making a big impression. It routinely performs well in our customer satisfaction ratings for electricity providers in Victoria. Powershop also has a strong focus on online energy management tools, utilising smart meters to provide helpful usage information to customers via its online portal and smartphone app.

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Should I sign up to Origin or Powershop?

Origin and Powershop offer two very different energy retail propositions. Some customers might feel more comfortable with the familiar Origin brand name and its traditional approach to electricity supply. Others may be drawn to Powershop’s new tech-savvy take on electricity in the hope they can snag a great bargain.

Ultimately the choice is yours. If you have a comfortable understanding of electricity, then Powershop may provide good value. If you would instead rather keep engagement with your retailer to an absolute minimum, then Origin Energy might be more your style.

This comparison is based on a very specific household, with usage figures and postcodes detailed above. Any annual cost estimates should be considered indicative only and not an actual quote. Please use our comparison tool for information catered to your location and electricity usage estimates. 

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Kelseigh Wrigley
Energy Specialist
Kelseigh Wrigley was a content producer at Canstar Blue for three years until 2024, most recently as an Energy Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology.

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