Energy pricing at a glance
Flat rate or "single rate" tariff (electricity only)
You pay the same amount all day every day for each kilowatt per hour (kWh) of electricity.
Time of use or "flexible/variable rate" tariff (electricity only)
You get a different price at different times. Like in the evening when demand is high, you could be charged a higher "peak rate". During the daytime, when there's less pressure on the electricity grid, you could get a reduced "off-peak rate". Read more about peak, off-peak and shoulder times for energy.
Controlled load tariff (electricity only)
Charges large appliances separately from your general household usage, like hot water systems or underfloor heating.
Usage blocks or brackets (natural gas only)
A different price applies for each "block" of gas you use. Say your first block of usage is 36500 MJ, every MJ you use above that amount will be have a different rate until you hit the next usage bracket. The details of the different brackets are in the contract pack we send to new customers.
check Always check the rates
Discounts can be confusing. Some retailers have discounts off usage charges only, others (like us) give you a discount of both usage and supply. Because of this, discounts aren't always the best way to choose a plan. We always recommend you search for your rates using your address and compare them as well. If you are comparing discounts, you can compare easily across different retailers by using the "reference price". This is a government regulated price that all energy retailers base their electiricty discounts off (ACT and WA excluded).
check Discounts can have a time limit
When you sign up to a discount plan, you might notice there's a "benefit period". It's normally 12 months (or sometimes 24 months). It means your discount will expire after that time unless you renew (if that plan is still available) or choose a new discount plan. Because of this, some of our customers prefer to get our standard Origin Basic rates without a discount, so they never have to renew.
Ways to save on your bill