Simply Energy vs Origin: Electricity Cost Comparison

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If size and experience are what you’re looking for in an energy retailer, then you can’t overlook Origin. But, having a larger share of the retail market doesn’t necessarily translate to cheaper energy rates or plans, and smaller retailers, like Simply Energy, are out to give the larger companies a run for their money.

In a real David and Goliath contest as we compare Simply Energy and Origin to see which energy provider reigns supreme in terms of cost, perks and overall value. Does Origin – a reliable industry juggernaut – provide the goods, or will the smaller contender, Simply Energy, offer a better deal where you live?

Our guide will help you compare the best deals from Simply Energy and Origin in each state. Keep in mind that energy plans may fall under another name across different states, with the details of each plan varying significantly. You should also keep a close eye on changes to any discounts provided below, as energy providers are known to update their plans frequently.

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Simply Energy vs Origin – Cheapest Deals

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

Victoria – quick comparison

Here are the Simply Energy and Origin Energy plans on our database for Victoria. This table includes a product from a referral partner†. 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. 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 Simply 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. 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 Simply 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. 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 Simply 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. 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.

Simply Energy

Established in 2005, Simply Energy is one of Australia’s fastest-growing energy retailers, providing electricity to customers across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. The retailer also provides natural gas to residents in VIC, SA and some parts of NSW. Simply Energy offers a decent range of attractive electricity deals, some of which include exclusive energy products for members of specific clubs, as well as giving customers online sign-up incentives, like movie tickets and small credits on their bills.

Simply Energy Products

Simply Energy currently has two or three market offers available in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA. Depending on where you live, each product may have variations of the name, as well as their rates and features. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect from Simply Energy in Victoria. The product details in other states could vary, especially the bill credits. Jump into our comparison tool for specifics where you live.

  • Simply RACV: This plan offers a $150 first anniversary credit for eligible RACV members, plus $50 credit each year thereafter.
  • Simply Plus: This plan has no conditional discount, but offers a $50 bill credit once a customer has reached the anniversary of their supply start date.
  • Simply Gold Class: This deal is a movie lover’s delight, offering four Gold Class cinema tickets every year.

Simply Energy Solar

Although Simply Energy does not offer any specific solar-related plans, it does provide customers with some fairly competitive feed-in tariffs. Here’s what you can expect in each state:

  • VIC: 12c/kWh
  • NSW: 8c/kWh
  • QLD: 10c/kWh
  • SA: 15c/kWh

Simply Energy allows customers to tap into its network of partners who specialise in solar-related products, including solar panels, batteries and other energy saving technology.

Origin Energy

With more than four million customers nationwide, Origin is Australia’s largest energy company. It supplies a range of electricity plans to customers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Depending on where you live, Origin may also offer natural gas plans and LPG. When it comes to electricity, Origin covers most bases with its product types:

Origin Energy Products

Origin provides multiple options for electricity and gas plans, however not all products are available in each state. The easiest way to find out if any of the plans below are available in your area is to use our comparison tool.

  • Max Saver – Online Special: This plan is generally Origin’s cheapest market offer and comes with a generous discount for a 12-month benefit period. It is available through signing up online only, and customers in Victoria will need to receive bills by email and pay via direct debit.
  • Max Saver: This plan is a no lock-in contract with no exit fees. Like the plan above, it also has a conditional discount in Victoria and an unconditional discount for NSW, QLD and SA.
  • Flexi: The Flexi plan is similarly priced as the Max Saver plans, and is a little bit more flexible in terms of paying and receiving bills. This a no lock-in contract that has no exit fees.
  • Freedom: Like the plans above, Origin’s Freedom comes with reasonable savings off the Reference Price for 12 months, but does not charge card payment fees, late payment fees or paper bill fees.

Origin Energy Solar

Origin is one of Australia’s leading solar providers, offering highly competitive feed-in tariffs and discounts for eligible customers. Depending on where you live, Origin may offer three solar-specific plans, called ‘Solar Boost’, ‘Solar Boost Plus’ and ‘Solar Optimiser’. The Solar Boost products come with an unconditional discount which varies across states and includes feed-in tariffs from 15c/kWh to 23c/kWh.

Origin Energy still offers feed-in tariffs on standard plans, generally ranging between 8c/kWh and 15c/kWh. Like to know more? Visit our solar comparison page.

Simply Energy vs Origin: Who’s cheapest in Victoria?

Customers in Victoria can expect a close contest between Origin and Simply Energy. In the table below, we show Origin and Simply 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. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
Simply Energy Simply RACV 11% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,183
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special Equal to VDO Reduces to 4% less than VDO for direct debit & eFulfilment discount $1,278incl. conditional discount
Energy Fact Sheets

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

Even with the conditional discount of Origin’s Max Saver – Online Special, Simply Energy still manages to come out cheapest. While the difference in price above may not seem like much, it can add up over a few years. Want to compare from a wide range of energy plans? Check out our Victoria energy price comparison report.

Simply Energy vs Origin: Who’s cheapest in NSW?

Let’s now compare the cheapest deals from each provider to see which comes out on top in NSW. In the table below, we show Origin and Simply 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. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Simply Energy Simply NRMA 18% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,203
Origin Energy Max Saver – Online Special 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,276
Basic Plan Information Documents

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

Simply Energy comes out on top in NSW, however customers must be an NRMA member to take advantage of this deal. Want to expand your energy search and see how these two stacks up against the rest? Read our NSW price comparison report for further details.

Simply Energy vs Origin: Who’s cheapest in QLD?

We’ve also had a look at Origin and Simply Energy’s cheapest deals in the Sunshine State. In the table below, we show Origin and Simply 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. 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 11% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,319
Simply Energy Simply RACQ 10% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,410
Basic Plan Information Documents

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

Origin comes out on top in annual price, leaving Simply Energy behind in its wake. Whether you’re in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, don’t forget to see what else is on offer in South East Queensland by visiting our QLD cost comparison report.

Simply Energy vs Origin: Who’s cheapest in SA?

In South Australia, it’s another battle between Simply Energy’s ‘Movies’ offer and Origin’s straightforward Max Saver – Online Special. In the table below, we show Origin and Simply 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. 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
Simply Energy Simply RAA 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,681
Basic Plan Information Documents

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

In South Australia, Origin works out to be a little cheaper than Simply Energy. Whether you’re in Adelaide, Glenelg or Port Augusta, make sure you check out the other energy plans on offer in your state by viewing our latest SA comparison report.

Should I sign up to Simply Energy or Origin?

Should you decide to sign up to Simply Energy or Origin, make sure you consider every feature of their energy plans, including the usage rates, discounts, sign-up incentives and customer service. In this case, it was an evenly matched bout between Origin, Australia’s biggest energy retailer, and its smaller yet determined opponent, Simply Energy.

It’s worth pointing out that most of Simply Energy’s plans include supplementary bill credits for eligible members of the automobile clubs, like RACV and NRMA. So, if you’re not a member of one of these motoring clubs, you may well be better off with Origin. However, pricing and bill credits are not the only features you should be looking at. You should also take into consideration which provider has the most favourable solar feed-in tariffs, flexible contract terms and customer service, to name just a few.

Remember that these two retailers are not your only options when looking for a better energy deal. If you’re looking to make a switch or just curious to see what’s on offer elsewhere, click on the link below and review a range of plans in your specific area.

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