Origin vs Energy Australia – Save $260* with Origin

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Retailer Comparison | BY Alan


Depending on the state you are in, switching from Energy Australia to Origin Energy could save you as much as $260 a year!

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Origin vs Energy Australia – Comparing Costs

Without delay, go ahead take a quick look at how much we could find of  and Origin Energy are costing a 4-person home on average a year.

Victoria

Plan Name Estimated Annual CostDiscount
Total Plan (Energy Australia)$ 16257%
Origin Max Saver (Origin Energy)$ 16436%

In Melbourne, the ‘Total Plan’ offer from Energy Australia is about $20 cheaper a year, than Origin Energy’s ‘Max Saver’ plan.

NSW

Plan Name Estimated Annual CostDiscount
No Frills (Energy Australia)$ 19630%
Origin Max Saver (Origin Energy)$ 197813%

An Energy Australia power bill in Sydney looks as though it could be $15 lower.

QLD

Plan Name Estimated Annual CostDiscount
No Frills (Energy Australia)$ 18770%
Origin Max Saver (Origin Energy)$ 185711%

In Brisbane, nearly $20 could be saved a year on Origin Energy’s Max Saver plan.

SA

Plan Name Estimated Annual CostDiscount
Total Plan (Energy Australia)$ 25976%
Origin Max Saver (Origin Energy)$ 234015%

In SA, however, a home could pay about $260 less a year on Origin Energy’s ‘Max Saver’ – their cheapest plan!

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Energy Australia vs Origin – The Final Verdict

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When it comes to price, Origin comes out on top in Queensland and South Australia, whereas Energy Australia dominates in Victoria and New South Wales.

Energy Australia and Origin Energy are part of the “big three” retailers in Australia.

To land even more customers, these energy retailers use their huge market presence and lower cost base to push their advantage.

When comparing Origin Energy vs Energy Australia, it’s probably a smart idea to look at factors other than the price.

For example, it helps to take a close look at the qualifying reason for receiving discounts.

An example of a guaranteed discount plan is Origin Energy’s Max Saver Plan or Energy Australia‘s Total Plan.

Understanding how many complaints Energy Australia and Origin Energy typically receive will give you a clearer idea of the quality of customer service.

Only about 2% of Energy Australia customers1 filed a complaint while 2.8% of Origin Energy customers were complaining. The Australia-wide average for power retailers is 3.2%.

Are you thinking of making a call to either Energy Australia or Origin Energy? You could be waiting for a while.

Energy Australia’s customer reps take 104 seconds1 to attend to you, whereas Origin doesn’t do any better with a wait time of 108 seconds just to hear hello!

The national waiting time average for power retailers is only 44 seconds, meaning that both retailers are significantly lagging behind the competition in this regard.

report from the AER claimed that customers with EnergyAustralia and Origin were most likely to abandon their call in Australia.

Are you interested in going solar?

Excluding GST, Energy Australia provides your home with a 9.9 cents/kWh feed-in tariff in VIC, rising to 12.5 cents in NSW, while it’s 15 cents in SA and 16.1 cents in QLD.

Origin Energy’s Solar Boost plan pays your home a 20 cents/kWh feed-in tariff in VIC and NSW, while it drops to 18 cents in SA and 15 cents in QLD.

How Do Origin or Energy Australia Dominate?

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Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia and AGL are called the ‘Big Three’ power providers for good reasons.

When combined, these three retailers power the homes of nearly 70% of all Australians and over 65% of all small businesses1!

The “Big Three” haven’t taken their foot off the gas either – quite literally.

Energy Australia, Origin and AGL Energy bring gas to a stunning 93% of small businesses and 86% of Aussie homes1!

At this point, the ‘Big Three’ are called “Gentailers” because of how these retailers also generate most of the power and gas that they sell to their customers.

In fact, between 2011 and 2017, nearly three-quarters of the new power generation plants in Australia were owned by them1.

What Do I Choose?

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The business practices of both Energy Australia and Origin Energy have previously created trouble with the competition authority ACCC.

There are more than a few retailers providing attractive promotions to compete with the big energy providers.

Take a moment to shop around for retailers and try to move onto a sharper rate for your property.

Electricity Monster’s 100% Free Service is the easiest way to see if you are paying more than you need to and switch retailers if necessary!

Call our expert team on 1300 232 848, and we’ll do all of the work for you!

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Disclaimer:

This publication looks at how much a 4-person household pays a year, on average, on plans from Energy Australia and Origin Energy in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA. The information being made available in this document cannot substitute for legally sound advice. No financial decisions should be made based on information from this publication. Individual usage, circumstances and brands could cause usage figures to vary.

Important points to note are:

  • In brief, we do not guarantee that the information provided applies to every household in Australia.
  • Significantly, all dollar figures are including GST.
  • The comparison is between a market offer that Energy Australia and Origin Energy has in a state.
  • The plans chosen for comparison may not necessarily reflect the most competitive plans offered by Energy Australia or Origin Energy.
  • Specifically, comparisons have been made on the peak rates in single rate plans from retailers, plus their daily electricity supply charges.
  • Electricity rates used for calculation were taken from the websites of electricity retailers. We have not verified the accuracy of the depictions in retailer websites.
  • Chiefly, electricity benchmarks used for calculating the average kilowatt-hour usage of households.
  • For Victoria, the Citipower distributor has been used across all electricity retailers.
  • In NSW, the Ausgrid network is utilised across all electricity retailers.
  • For QLD, we have chosen the Energex network across all electricity retailers.
  • In SA, SA Power Networks distributor has been chosen for use across all electricity retailers.
  • *$260 of savings is based on our estimates of the top plans from Origin Energy and Energy Australia in certain states.

1 AER submission dated Dec 2018 “Annual report on compliance and performance of the retail energy market 2017-18”

Written by Alan

Alan

Alan is an energy journalist, obsessed with getting Australians a fair price in an inflated electricity market. Equipped with a Master’s degree in Economics, his interests revolve around energy economics.

Comments (8)

  1. Stewart says:

    been thinking about switching from origin to energy australia for a while now…are their better savings ??

    1. Alan Koshy says:

      Hello Stewart!
      Give us a call on 1300 232 848, we’re almost certain to find you a rate that beats both providers!

  2. Harry says:

    Hello do origin or energy australia have guaranteed discounts?

    1. Alan Koshy says:

      Hello Harry,
      Both Origin and EnergyAustralia have plans with guaranteed discounts. Origin’s plan is called the Origin Max Saver while Energy Australia’s plan is called the Total Plan.

  3. Gillian says:

    are these rates after the vdo happened?

    1. Alan Koshy says:

      Hello Gillian,
      Yes, these are updated rates post the VDO/DMO regulations of July 1, 2019!

  4. Ray says:

    I want to switch to energy australia how?

    1. Ethan says:

      Hey, Ray. If you’re looking for a sharp rate on electricity, give us a ring on 1300 232 848.

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