You might’ve heard about our energy saving reward program, Spike. Since launching in August last year, more than 50,000 Origin customers have signed up, collectively earning more than $1 million Spike points by reducing their energy usage by a total of 43 megawatts hours (MWh). That’s enough energy to power nearly all the homes in a town the size of Toowoomba (QLD) for an hour.
How can saving energy mean rewards for you?
Energy-saving habits, no matter how small, add up when thousands of households are contributing at the same time. These changes in usage have a big impact on reducing energy demand and helping the network during peak times.
Reducing the amount of strain on the network during peak times through what are known as ‘demand response’ programs, like Spike, can be an efficient and cost-effective alternative to turning on additional power stations to meet higher demand on the grid during peak times (like in the evenings when everyone comes home and turns on the heater and the telly).
This is where Spike’s a real game changer. When you’re a Spike member, you’ll get notified about upcoming ‘Spike Hours’ by email and text.
All you need to do to earn points is beat your personalised goal that we calculate for each customer (based on their prior 10 days’ energy usage at the same time of day). All it might take is leaving that load of washing for an hour, delaying switching the dishwasher on or turning the aircon up or down a little to save energy.
When you meet your energy saving goal during your Spike hour, you’ll be rewarded with points that can be redeemed for PayPal cash or gift cards.
Don’t just take our word for it
Just ask NSW couple, Raffaele and Leticia – they’re just one Origin household that has embraced Spike. They’ve saved a total of $353 since joining in September last year – that’s nothing to sneeze at!
“Spike’s opened our eyes to how our family interacts with energy. Joining Spike and installing the Origin app has allowed us to actively manage our energy use and reduce it,” says Rafaelle.
Outside of reducing their energy use, and racking up Spike points for hitting their goals, Raffaele, Leticia and their three kids have noticed other unexpected benefits.
“Participating in Spike’s been a great bonding experience for the kids – they love switching off the appliances and TV and challenging themselves to meet the energy savings goals. It’s a great way to teach them about the impact of their energy habits while taking part in a fun activity together as a family.”
It’s a win-win, a chance to win cash rewards, lower your energy bills and contribute to a more sustainable energy system.
Want in now?
It’s easy! All you need to join Spike is a digital smart meter and to be an Origin customer. If you’re in Queensland or South Australia and would like to get involved but don’t have the right meter yet – don’t sweat. We may be able to provide you with a free meter upgrade when you become a member.
Once you’ve joined, and are ready to level up, our device store offers a great range of smart devices, like smart plugs and AC controllers, that make it even easier to save (and nail your Spike Hours).
If you sign up to become a Spike member today, you can also score yourself a $20 welcome credit*.
What’re you waiting for?
*Disclaimer: Welcome reward equates to 2000 Spike points which will be added to your account within 3 business days of member sign up. $20 welcome reward offer ends midnight, 24 June 2021.