Engie vs Origin

Engie vs Origin: Electricity Cost Comparison

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If the size and experience of an energy retailer is important to you, 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 Engie, are out to give the larger companies a run for their money.

In a real David and Goliath contest as we compare Engie (previously known as 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, Engie, offer a better deal where you live?

Our guide will help you compare the best deals from Engie 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.

Engie and Origin Cheapest Deals

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

NSW: Which deal is cheapest?

Engie is currently offering the cheapest price in New South Wales. 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.

Here are the Engie and Origin Energy plans on our database for NSW. This table includes products from referral partners†. Costs 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.

VIC: Which deal is cheapest?

Engie comes out on top for cheapest price in Victoria. Want to compare from a wide range of energy plans? Check out our Victoria energy price comparison report.

Here are the Engie and Origin Energy plans on our database for Victoria. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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.

QLD: Which deal is cheapest?

Engie’s cheapest deal beats out Origin’s flagship offer in QLD. 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.

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

SA: Which deal is cheapest?

Engie takes the crown on price in SA. 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.

Here are the Engie and Origin Energy plans on our database for South Australia. This table includes products from referral partners†. 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 4013kWh/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.

Engie Plans

Established in 2005, Engie 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 Victoria, SA and some parts of NSW. Engie 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.

Engie 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. The product details in other states could vary, especially the discounts on offer. Jump into our comparison tool for specifics where you live.

  • Engie NRMA: These plans are available in NSW to members of this auto club. A guaranteed discount off electricity usage and supply charges is available.
  • Engie Basics: This plan offers usage and supply rates that align with default pricing in the state. This offer is currently unavailable to new customers in NSW, QLD and SA.
  • Engie For Good: This plan matches 100% of the energy usage of customers with energy from accredited renewable energy sources for a small additional cost. NRMA members have access to a discounted version of this plan.
  • Engie Movie Perks: Exclusive to Victorians, this plan rewards customers with a Village Cinemas membership with 1,000 Vrewards points each month. These points can then be used towards movie tickets and snacks. Engie Movie Perks also comes with a guaranteed discount off usage charges.
  • Engie Saver: This offer gives a generous guaranteed discount off usage and supply charges.
  • Engie Blue Perks: Available to customers in Victoria, NSW and QLD, this offer comes with a 12-month complimentary membership to My NRMA. A guaranteed discount is also available on usage and supply charges.
  • Engie Smarter: Available in SA, this plan includes free smart meter installation and access to detailed usage monitoring.

Engie Solar

Engie offers a specific solar-related plan to customers in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA. This plan, named Engie Solar, offers a fairly competitive feed-in tariff between 7-12c per kilowatt hour (kWh), depending on where you live. Eligible motor club members also have access to a discounted version of this plan.

Outside of this, Victorians can expect a 4.9c/kWh feed-in tariff across Engie’s market offers in the state, while all other states will receive 5.5c/kWh.

Engie 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 Plans

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 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.

  • Go: This plan comes with variable rates for a 12-month benefit period. There is another variation of this plan which comes with 5,000 Everyday Rewards points for new customers and 2,500 points for existing customers who switch to this offer. Plus, additional points can be earned when paying bills.  Customers that sign up to this offer in NSW, QLD, and SA will also be eligible for a $200 credit on their first bill after July 1, 2024.
  • Home Support: This plan comes with basic rates, but offers instead a 12-month membership to Allianz Emergency Home Assistance membership.
  • Basic: This is Origin’s bare-bones plan that offers no discounts but aligns with the VDO or reference price in each respective state.

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 solar-specific plans, called ‘Solar Boost’ or ‘Solar Boost Plus’. The Solar Boost products come with boosted feed-in tariffs for eligible customers at 12c/kWh, depending on location and conditions met. Origin Energy also offers feed-in tariffs on standard plans, generally ranging between 4.9c/kWh and 10c/kWh, depending on location.

Should I sign up to Engie or Origin?

Should you decide to sign up to Engie 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 a fairly evenly match between Origin, Australia’s biggest energy retailer, and its smaller yet determined opponent, Engie.

It’s worth pointing out that some of Engie’s plans include supplementary discounts for eligible members of the automobile clubs, like 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 discounts 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.

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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