Origin Energy Everyday Rewards – Benefit or Penalty?

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What are Origin Energy Everyday Rewards?

Everyday Rewards owned by Woolworths have a ‘special deal’ for Rewards Card Holders. In this article we analyse if the Origin Energy Everyday Rewards is a good deal for card holders in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA.

It offers 20,000 Everyday Rewards Points if you switch electricity and gas to the Origin Energy plan. Points accrue after around 45 days of commencing the Origin Energy Plan. These points are worth $50 as a cash credit per fuel, i.e. $100 if you switch electricity and gas.

The Origin Energy plan includes 25% GreenPower as part of your electricity together with ‘Green gas’. However the gas is not Green but ‘carbon neutral’, which means that Origin Energy will offset the carbon emissions from the gas by purchasing carbon offsets. Calling carbon neutral ‘Green’ is a form of Greenwashing although it’s a benefit all the same.

It sounds a great deal, right? The largest Supermarket teams up with the largest Energy Company together with an environmental edge. Take care, it’s wise to be suspicious about any special deal from an Energy Company as their track record is so poor.

Read on to find out if it really is a good deal or not.

How we compared the Origin Everyday Rewards Plan

In each State we used average usage figures from the Government website for a 3 person household in different towns across the States. For Victoria and NSW we show electricity and gas, while for Queensland we show electricity only as gas is less common in Qld.

We compared the Origin Woolworths deal with:

  1. The cheapest price available. If you don’t want to pay for the extras in the package, this shows how much you could save.
  2. A comparable deal with 25% GreenPower Electricity sourced from another provider.
  3. 100% GreenPower Electricity. If you really want GreenPower, this shows how much it would cost compared with the 25% GreenPower offered by Origin.

As Origin offer Carbon neutral gas, we show the quantities of gas, carbon dioxide and the approximate cost to Origin of purchasing offsets at the end of this blog.

The Results

The Origin Energy Woolworths plan is an expensive way to get your electricity or gas. Over the 4 States, it costs $436 more than the cheapest price.
Even after allowing for the 25% GreenPower, the Origin plan costs $364 more. While the benefit of carbon neutral gas is not included in this figure, the benefit is highly overpriced especially in Victoria where gas usage is the highest. The cost to Origin Energy of purchasing carbon offsets averages $40 in the 3 States where gas has been included in the analysis.
The best Green choice for most customers is to get the cheapest 100% GreenPower, which costs $174 less than Origin plan on average and you get 4 times as much genuine new renewable energy and offset about the same amount of carbon as you would by having carbon neutral gas in Victoria and much more in other States.

Savings by State (cheapest price comparison)

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Average savings from the examples below are shown here

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Origin Energy Everyday Rewards in Victoria

Cheapest Price Comparison

Woolworths Origin customers in 5 towns in Victoria could save $281/year more on their electricity and $381 on gas by instead choosing the cheapest provider. Overall savings average $662. Nowhere was the Origin Energy Woolworths Rewards offer the cheapest.

Savings ($/yr.)CarltonGeelong WestHeidelberg WestCranbourneMalvern EastAverage
Electricity$310$246$269$235$346$281
Gas$432$407$316$432$316$381
Total$742$654$585$667$662$662

25% GreenPower Comparison

Woolworths Origin customers in 5 towns in Victoria could save $164/year more on their electricity and $381 on gas by instead choosing the cheapest provider. We have excluded carbon offsets from this table, for which Origin pay around $67, as set out in the table at the end of this blog. Overall savings averaged $545. Nowhere was the Origin Energy Woolworths Rewards offer the cheapest.

Savings ($/yr.)CarltonGeelong WestHeidelberg WestCranbourneMalvern EastAverage
Electricity$142$145$188$176$174$164
Gas$432$407$316$432$316$381
Total$574$552$504$608$490$545

100% GreenPower Comparison

Customers choosing the cheapest supplier of 100% GreenPower and gas, save $353/year. when compared with the Origin Energy Everyday Rewards plan. 100% GreenPower costs $28/yr more or a measly 54c/week more than the Origin plan, but you get 4 times as much genuine new renewable energy and offset about the same amount of carbon as you would by having carbon neutral gas.

Savings ($/yr.)CarltonGeelong WestHeidelberg WestCranbourneMalvern EastAverage
Electricity$-49$-46$-3$-14$-17$-28
Gas$432$407$316$432$316$381
Total$383$361$313$418$299$353

Origin Everyday Rewards in NSW

Compared with Cheapest Price

Customers in NSW would save $394/year by choosing the cheapest provider rather than the Woolworths Origin Energy Plan. Electricity makes up most of the savings at $303/yr although the savings in gas are still useful at $91/yr. The Origin Everyday Rewards Plan never the cheapest.

Savings ($/yr.)Hamilton SouthMount DruittPort MacquarieAverage
Electricity$324$239$346$303
Gas$118$118$36$91
Total$442$357$382$394

25% GreenPower Plan Comparison

Customers in NSW could save $326/year if they chose the cheapest provider instead of the Origin Plan. For electricity the savings are $235/yr. We have excluded carbon offsets from this table, for which Origin pay around $25, as set out in the table at the end of this blog. The Origin Everyday Rewards Plan was never the cheapest.

Savings ($/yr.)Hamilton SouthMount DruittPort MacquarieAverage
Electricity$231$297$177$235
Gas$118$118$36$91
Total$349$415$213$326

100% GreenPower Plan Comparison

The Cheapest 100% GreenPower Plan is $35/yr CHEAPER than the Origin 25% GreenPower plan, AND you get 4 times as much genuine new renewable energy with the cheaper plan.
By getting the cheapest gas and 100% GreenPower Customers can save $126/year when compared with the Origin Energy Everyday Rewards plan.

Savings ($/yr.)Hamilton SouthMount DruittPort MacquarieAverage
Electricity$31$98$-23$35
Gas$118$118$36$91
Total$149$216$13$126

Origin Everyday Rewards in Queensland

Compared with Cheapest Price

Woolworths Origin customers in Southern QLD could save $335/year for their electricity by instead choosing the cheapest provider. The Origin Energy Woolworths Rewards Plan was never the cheapest.

Electricity savings $/yrAnytimeTime of useAverage
Sunshine coast
(no controlled load)
$223$403$313
Ipswich
(with controlled load)
$302$410$356
Average$263$406$335

Comparison with other 25% GreenPower Plans

Origin Everyday Rewards customers in Southern Queensland could save $261/year more on their electricity by instead choosing the cheapest provider. Nowhere was the Origin Everyday Rewards Plan the cheapest.

Electricity savings $/yrAnytimeTime of useAverage
Sunshine coast
(no controlled load)
$163$338$251
Ipswich
(with controlled load)
$187$355$271
Average$175$347$261

Comparison with other 100% GreenPower Plans

Customers choosing the cheapest supplier of 100% GreenPower, customers could save $32 p.a. when compared with the Origin Energy Everyday Rewards plan, but you get 4 times as much genuine new renewable energy.

However there is a difference based on the customer’s tariff type as set out in the table below.

Electricity savings $/yrAnytimeTime of useAverage
Sunshine coast
(no controlled load)
$-32$142$55
Ipswich
(with controlled load)
$-65$84$10
Average$-49$113$32

Woolworths Rewards Origin Energy in South Australia

Compared with Cheapest Price

Woolworths Origin customers in SA could save $311/year more on their electricity alone by instead choosing the cheapest provider. For gas the savings are $41/yr. Overall savings average $352. Nowhere was the Origin Energy Woolworths Rewards offer the cheapest.

Savings ($/yr.)AnytimeTime of useAverage
Electricity$342$280$311
Gas$41$41$41
Total$383$321$352

Comparison with other 25% GreenPower Plans

Customers who choose the cheapest supplier of 100% GreenPower and gas, save $325/year compared with choosing the Origin Energy Everyday Rewards plan,. We have excluded carbon offsets from this table, for which Origin pay around $27, as set out in the table at the end of this blog.

Savings ($/yr.)AnytimeTime of useAverage
Electricity$211$357$284
Gas$41$41$41
Total$252$398$325

Comparison with other 100% GreenPower Plans

Customers choosing the cheapest supplier of 100% GreenPower and gas, save $186 p.a. when compared with the Origin Energy Everyday Rewards plan. Let that sink in. You get 4 times as much genuine new renewable energy AND save $145/yr on your electricity by choosing the cheapest 100% GreenPower plan.

Savings ($/yr.)AnytimeTime of useAverage
Electricity$123$168$145
Gas$41$41$41
Total$164$209$186

Carbon Offsets

Origin Energy purchase Carbon offsets for the gas you use. The table below shows for a 3 person household by State, the average gas usage, the tons of CO2 emissions. Origin Energy claim to comply with the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard. This allows for 5 different categories of carbon offsets: Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU); Kyoto Protocol – CERs or RMUs; VERs or VCUs. We understand that Origin use ACCUs which recently traded at around $18.5/ton.

Carbon Neutral quantitiesVICNSWQLDSA
Gas Usage 3 person home (MJ/yr)6614424387688226602
CO2 Émissions (ton/yr)3.671.350.381.48
Cost to Origin @ $18.5/ton$68$25$7$27

For comparison, a household using 5000 kWh of non-GreenPower electricity would be responsible for 4.35 tons of CO2 emissions.