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Energy Australia vs Origin Energy: Compare Providers & Plans 2023

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EnergyAustralia & Origin Energy are two of the largest suppliers within the National Electricity Market – dominating around 45% of Australia's retail energy market. So what's the difference between the two suppliers? In this guide we compare Energy Australia vs Origin Energy to help you see where they operate, the plans they offer and find out which one is cheapest in your state. Read on for this and more.

Energy Australia vs Origin Energy: Where Do They Operate?

For the most part, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy are available in the same areas.

However, Energy Australia's gas plans aren't available in Queensland and Origin Energy only offers natural gas in Western Australia.

Here's a table that shows where Origin Energy & Energy Australia operate:

Where do Energy Australia & Origin Energy Retail?
  Energy Australia Origin Energy
  Electricity Gas Electricity Gas
New South Wales        
ACT        
Victoria        
Queensland        
South Australia        
Western Australia        
Tasmania        
Northern Territory        

Origin Energy vs Energy Australia: What Plans Do They Offer?

As we mentioned before, not all services are available in each state.

However, in the section below you can find a list of the available energy plans for EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy and a description of what each one offers.

If you like to go ahead and find out which one's cheapest, feel free to skip ahead to the next section where we show you which provider offers the cheaper deal in each state.

Origin Energy Gas and Electricity Plans

Origin Energy has many more electricity and gas plans than Energy Australia, including several options for solar feed-in tariffs.

However, if you're looking for the cheapest electricity plan from Origin Energy, it's the Origin Go Variable plan.

Here's a table showing the different Origin Energy plans available:

What Plans Does Origin Energy Offer?
Origin Energy Plan Name Description of Each Origin Energy Plan
Everyday Rewards Variable The biggest discount off the reference price with fixed rates for 12 months with optional Origin Everyday Rewards
Go Variable Variable rates on a 12-month benefit period with a discount off the reference price
Solar Boost No additional discounts, but a higher-than-average solar feed-in tariff
Solar Boost Plus Get the highest solar FiT on the market by purchasing a solar PV system through Origin Energy
Basic The default market offer with no discounts, benefit period, or exit fees

Energy Australia Electricity and Gas Plans

Energy Australia only has 3 market offers available for electricity and gas and only offer one solar feed-in tariff.

Despite only offering a few tariffs, their plans are simple and affordable. The cheapest plan that Energy Australia offers is the Total Plan.

Here's a table showing the different plans available from Energy Australia:

What Pans Does Energy Australia Offer?
Energy Australia Plan Name Description of Each Energy Australia Plan
Basic Home The default market offer with no discounts, benefit period, or exit fees
Flexi Plan Get simple, low rates for 12 months
Balance Plan The biggest discount off the reference price, with a guaranteed discount on your total energy bill

Comparing cost is one of the biggest influencing factors when it comes to switching energy providers. Finding a cheaper energy provider with the best rates can lower your energy bill and save money.

Which is Cheaper Energy Australia vs Origin Energy?

We compared gas and electricity prices in each state for Energy Australia vs Origin energy using their cheapest plans.

We found that Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia are not the cheapest energy providers available. If you are looking for the cheapest energy plans in each state, you can compare the cheapest energy rates here.

Between Origin and EnergyAustralia, the general trend was that Origin energy was cheaper for electricity in most states and that Energy Australia was cheaper for gas in most states. However, a cheaper plan in one state doesn’t always mean it will be cheaper in another state.

Below you will find a comparison table showing you which company is cheaper for electricity in your state.

Compare Energy Australia & Origin Energy Electricity Rates
State Origin Energy
(Origin Go Variable)
Energy Australia
(Flexi Plan)
NSW 10% discount
$1,640 / year
10% discount
$1,640 / year
ACT 39% discount
$1,550 / year
19% discount
$2,050 / year
VIC 21% discount
$1,170 / year
20% discount
$1,190 / year
QLD 5% discount
$1,870 / year
18% discount
$1,620 / year
SA 17% discount
$1,890 / year
Same as reference price
$2,270 / year

Source: Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia websites. Valid February 2024. Discounts and annual cost based on the reference price for each capital city. Comparison does not include all offers available.

  • Which Company Offers Cheaper Electricity?
  • In New South Wales, Origin & Energy Australia offer the same price for electricity.
  • In ACT, Origin's electricity is cheaper than Energy Australia's.
  • In Victoria, Origin's electricity is cheaper than Energy Australia's.
  • In Queensland, Energy Australia's electricity is the same as Origin's.
  • In South Australia, Origin's electricity is cheaper than Energy Australia's.

To see more detailed information regarding plans and pricing for electricity, you can visit our guides to Origin Energy rates and EnergyAustralia rates.

Compare Gas Rates Origin Energy vs EnergyAustralia

Below you can find our comparison of the cheapest natural gas plans from EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy:

Compare Energy Australia and Origin Energy Gas Rates
State & Average Usage Origin Energy
(Origin Go Variable)
Energy Australia
(Flexi Plan)
NSW
18,542Mj / year
$960 / year $1,040 / year
ACT
38,544Mj / year
$1,230 / year $1,100 / year
VIC
58,035Mj / year
$1,040 / year $1,020 / year
QLD
7,154Mj / year
$800 / year N / A
SA
10,987Mj / year
$980 / year $1,170 / year

Source: Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia websites. Valid February 2024. Discounts and annual cost based on the Basic Plan Information Document for each capital city. Comparison does not include all offers available.

  • Which Company Offers Cheaper Gas?
  • In New South Wales, Origin's gas is cheaper than Energy Australia's.
  • In ACT, Energy Australia's gas is cheaper than Origin's.
  • In Victoria, Energy Australia's gas is cheaper than Origin's.
  • In Queensland, only Origin energy offers gas.
  • In South Australia, Origin Energy's gas is Cheaper than Energy Australia's.

Origin Energy vs Energy Australia: Solar Feed-in Tariffs

One of the biggest differences between Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia are their solar feed-in tariffs.

Origin Energy is a Clean Energy Council approved end-to-end solar energy retailer and installer with solar energy electricity plans available.

EnergyAustralia only offers one solar energy plan which is a standard single-rate feed-in tariff. They also don't offer solar PV systems or solar panel installation.

In other words, if you are looking for a high solar feed-in tariff your only option will be with Origin Energy

Origin Energy has 3 solar energy electricity plans:

  • Basic Feed-in Tariff: standard single-rate FiT.
  • Solar Boost: Offers a higher than average solar feed-in tariff for your solar energy generation
  • Solar Boost Plus: Offers a very high solar feed-in tariff when you purchase your solar PV system through Origin Energy

Here's a table showing solar feed-in tariff prices by state for both suppliers:

Origin Energy vs Energy Australia Solar Feed-in Tariffs
Plan Name NSW ACT Vic QLD SA
EnergyAustralia Basic FiT 7.6c / kWh 7.6c / kWh 5.4c / kWh 6.6c / kWh 8.5c / kWh
Origin Energy Basic FiT 7c / kWh 8c / kWh 4.9c / kWh 5c / kWh 6c / kWh
Solar Boost Plus 20c / kWh 20c / kWh 20c / kWh 20c / kWh 20c / kWh
Solar Boost 12c / kWh 12c / kWh 12c / kWh 12c / kWh 12c / kWh

Valid February 2024. Must purchase solar panels through Origin Energy to get Solar Boost Plus.

It’s important to remember that solar-specific electricity plans often come with a lower discount off the reference price and depending on your energy usage habits and the size of your rooftop solar system you might be better off choosing the standard solar FiT.

Should I Sign Up for Origin Energy or Energy Australia?

Choosing the best energy provider doesn’t necessarily mean simply choosing the cheapest, there are other things to consider when comparing and switching.

Both Energy Australia and Origin Energy have longer than average call wait times. However, Energy Australia's customer service team answers on average nearly 1 minute before Origin Energy's.

However, when looking at customer complaint data it's clear to see that Energy Australia had far higher customer complaints than Origin Energy. As we don't know the reason for these complaints, it's hard to say if this is a bad sign for customer service, but it is definitely something to consider when choosing a supplier.

As we mentioned before, if you have solar panels or are looking to install solar panels, Origin Energy wins out over Energy Australia as they have a robust solar energy offering and higher feed-in tariffs.

Therefore, it doesn't come as a surprise that Greenpeace also ranks Origin Energy higher in terms of green electricity ratings.

Lastly, it's important to note that if you are basing your choice of supplier on price alone, Origin energy offers better deals for electricity in NSW, ACT and SA while Energy Australia offers better gas deals in NSW, ACT and VIC.

Here you can find an overview comparison of EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy, or find a complete review of EnergyAustralia and a review of Origin Energy for even more information about each energy provider.

Energy Australia vs Origin Energy
Category Energy Australia Origin Energy
GreenPeace Green Electricity Guide Rating 2022 1.35 / 10 1.6 / 10
Average wait time for customer calls* 101 seconds 145 seconds
Calls answered within 30 seconds* 66% 53%
Customer Complaints: Total number and percentage of customers* 17,806 complaints
2% of total customers
26,598 complaints
1% of total customers
GreenPower Percentages 10%, 20% or 100% 25%, 50% or 100%
Solar Energy Solar panels: No
Solar FiT: Yes
Solar panels: Yes
Solar FiT: Yes
Electricity Pricing Cheaper in: VIC & QLD Cheaper in: NSW, ACT, SA
Gas Pricing: Cheaper in: NSW, ACT, VIC Cheaper in: SA

*Source: AER Retail Market Report 2019-2020. Valid February 2024.

Compare the Cheapest Electricity Rates & Plans

In searching for the best electricity plan, it is important to compare electricity rates from all the top energy retailers. Below we have compared the rates, per state, for a few of Selectra’s top choices for energy retailers.

Compare Electricity Rates in New South Wales

Compare Electricity Rates in NSW
Rank Energy Provider + Plan Estimated Yearly Price Additional Information
  Sumo
SUMO Assure
 
$1,330 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
88.00c/day
  Ovo
Ovo Energy The One Plan
 
$1,430 / year Benefits:
GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
82.50c/day
  Energy Locals
Energy Locals Online Member
 
$1,610 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
57.00c/day
  Origin Go Variable $1,640 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
88.02c/day
  EnergyAustralia Flexi Plan $1,640 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
95.70c/day
  AGL Value Saver $1,730 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
87.58c/day

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Sydney (2000) with an average use of 3900kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid February 2024.

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Compare Electricity Rates in Australian Capital Territory

Compare Electricity Rates in ACT
Rank Energy Provider + Plan Estimated Yearly Price Additional Information
  Origin Go Variable $1,550 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
104.83c/day
  Energy Locals
Energy Locals Online Member
 
$2,030 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
59.00c/day
  Energy Australia Flexi Plan $2,050 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
104.04c/day

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with an average use of 6100kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid February 2024.

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Compare Electricity Rates in Victoria

Compare Electricity Rates in VIC
Rank Energy Provider + Plan Estimated Yearly Price Additional Information
  Sumo
SUMO Select
 
$1,010 / year Benefits:
No Lock-In Contract
   
Daily Supply Charge:
105.27c/day
  Ovo
Ovo Energy The One Plan
 
$1,050 / year Benefits:
Ongoing Contract & Interest Rewards
   
Daily Supply Charge:
108.90/day
  Energy Locals
Energy Locals Online Member
 
$1,120 / year Benefits:
No Lock-In Contract, Solar Feed-In & $50 Referral Credit
   
Daily Supply Charge:
52.38c/day
  Origin Go Variable $1,170 / year Benefits:
No Lock-In Contract
   
Daily Supply Charge:
91.05c/day
  EnergyAustralia Flexi Plan $1,190 / year Benefits:
Carbon Neutral, 1 Year Benefit Plan & $50 Onlne Sign Up Credit
   
Daily Supply Charge:
115.25c/day
  AGL Residential Value Saver $1,340 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, Variable Rate Plan & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
103.72c/day

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Melbourne (3000) with an average use of 4,000kWh/year. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid February 2024.

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Compare Electricity Rates in Queensland

Compare Electricity Rates in QLD
Rank Energy Provider + Plan Estimated Yearly Price Additional Information
  Sumo
SUMO Assure Advantage
 
$1,390 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
101.20c/day
  Ovo
Ovo Energy The One Plan
 
$1,540 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
93.50c/day
  EnergyAustralia Basic Home $1,620 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
103.95c/day
  Energy Locals
Energy Locals Online Member
 
$1,740 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
85.00c/day
  Origin Go Variable $1,870 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
127.29c/day
  AGL Residential Value Saver $1,960 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
133.36c/day

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Brisbane (4000) with an average use of 4,600kwh/year. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid February 2024.

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Compare Electricity Rates in South Australia

Compare Electricity Rates in SA
Rank Energy Provider + Plan Estimated Yearly Price Additional Information
  Ovo
Ovo Energy The One Plan
 
$1,760 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
106.15c/day
  Sumo
SUMO Lite Residential
 
$1,840 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In
   
Daily Supply Charge:
101.00c/day
  Origin Value $1,890 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In
   
Daily Supply Charge:
108.67c/day
  Energy Locals
Energy Locals Online Member
 
$2,080 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
78.00c/day
  AGL Residential Value Saver $2,110 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In
   
Daily Supply Charge:
106.66c/day
  EnergyAustralia Flexi Plan $2,270 / year Benefits:
Solar Feed-In
   
Daily Supply Charge:
104.50c/day

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Adelaide (5000) with an average use of 4000kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid February 2024.

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