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Is Intelligent Octopus Flux the best solar export tariff for everyone?

Intelligent Octopus Flux. Is it time to put your feet up and wait for the money to roll in? 

Review written by: Sarah Chambers (aka Sarah Go Green)

I get contacted by people asking which Octopus export tariff is best.  Usually, they are people like myself who have or are going to have solar panels installed and are trying to work out the best Octopus export tariff. But sometimes I also get contact asked by solar installers who want confirmation that Intelligent Octopus Flux is suitable for everyone as a plug-and-play export tariff but it’s not.

Intelligent Octopus Flux 

Intelligent Octopus Flux is a smart import and export tariff designed to take the hassle out of managing your home solar and battery storage.

  • You’ll get paid the same price for exporting your electricty as importing it.
  • There is a peak period between 4 pm and 7 pm. The rate goes up but the import and export rates match.

It’s designed to utilise the grid as a giant battery and take the hassle out of thinking about your solar generation.

For example, if you export 1 kWh to the grid and import 1 kWh back because the price for importing and exporting is the same you’ll pay nothing for your electricty, subject to a few considerations I will go through below.

For zero bills to occur you’ll need to generate the same amount of electricty throughout the year as you export to the grid. ( You may have to produce a little more than you import from the grid as converting and sending the energy from your battery can lose some power along the way.)

  • Look at your expected solar generation compared to your usage for the year.
  • Consider how much energy you use during the peak period.

Octopus has the power to make a difference with Intelligent Octopus Flux.

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Octopus will utilise your home battery at peak times. They’ll keep your home battery in reserve for the peak period, 4 pm to 7 pm.

Throughout the year you will inevitably need more electricty than you generate at peak times and Octopus will turn on your battery to help meet demand. They will never let the battery fall below a 20% charge rate, I am guessing this is just in case you need it in an emergency.

If you use too much energy at peak times your home battery won’t always be able to provide enough power to run your home. This is something to keep in mind if you use a lot of electricity between 4 pm and 7 pm. You will be importing electricty at the peak rate from the national grid.

How can you make any money on Intelligent Octopus Flux?

There are so many YouTube videos and blogs on this subject it can make your head spin. Octopus smart tariffs are a subject I love to look into. I get giddy thinking about how Octopus Energy is making a fully electric and decarbonised energy future a reality.

It shows in everything they do including supplying solutions where zero bills homes are a reality. However, to make the most of Octopus smart tariffs consider which tariff is right for you. There isn’t just one green and gold standard tariff that will meet everyone’s requirements.

Intelligent Octopus Flux wasn’t designed to make customers big export credits on their energy bills, although it can if;

  • You have lots of solar panels
  • Lots of battery storage.
  • Export more than you import especially at peak times.
  • Use it as a seasonal tariff taking summer solar export credits and switching to a more favourable tariff for the winter.

Octopus Intelligent Flux was designed as a hassle-free import and export tariff that will;

  • Help balance the National Grid.
  • Utilise the National Grid as a giant battery.
  • Reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Work as a set-and-forget tariff for 365 days of the year.
  • Bring electricty bills down as close to zero as possible.

Even if you import more electricty than you export to the National Grid compared to a home without solar panels you will make a saving.  It’s almost a one-in-and-one-out system where you’ll pay for the electricity you didn’t generate at home. You won’t have to overthink anything, you won’t even need to clock watch for the off-peak rate if you don’t want to your overall energy bills will go down.

Is Octopus Intelligent Flux right for you?

When you have a quote for solar panels there is always a graph showing your expected solar generation and your usage through the year. Most UK solar installers use the same geographical information system to estimate solar generation.

Below you can see my estimated solar generation.

THIS IS MY OCTOPUS SOLAR QUOTE 2024

The pink vertical lines on the chart show my expected solar generation throughout the year and the grey line behind my energy use.

Octopus Energy supplies my electricty and installed my solar and battery storage so I know my estimated usage will be correct.

As you can see I will only generate on average 73% of my home energy needs through my 15 solar panels. I will also only export more than I import between April and the end of August so for the one-in-one-out system to work for me on Intelligent Octopus Flux I will need to be aware that putting my feet up will not give me zero bills. It will reduce them but not enough to make me happy. I love looking at other tariffs even if it does mean being more hands-on. For me, it’s a balance between not overthinking and saving money on my home energy bill.

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If I did want to take advantage of the high export rates on Intelligent Octopus Flux and make a credit on my bill I could switch to this tariff between May and the end of August. Then I could take the export credits made in the summer and run. But where I run takes to takes some consideration. I have to be mindful about the time I want to spend thinking about it.

Sarah Chambers

About the author:  I’ve Been a Happy Octopus Energy Customer for 6 Years and the cherry on the cake is they installed my solar panels and battery storage too.

You can find me on X and TikTok where I connect with around 7,000 followers looking for practical ways to electrify their homes and reduce energy bills.

Feel free to follow me Sarah_Go_Green and join the conversation – I’d love to hear from you!

I’m also featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on BBC News, Radio Wales, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine and had a feature in Bloomberg.

Even if your only aim is to lower your household bills and find the cheapest Octopus tariff I help there too.

Octopus Agile for those who want to roll their sleeves up could save you more over winter.

If you are comfortable with price changes every 30 minutes Octopus Agile is a great tariff. I have watched the prices throughout the year and in general outside the peak times of 4 pm to 7 pm they have been lower than the standard variable and on several occasions have plummeted. When this happened customers were paid to take energy off the grid as the price dropped below zero.

On Octopus Agile you can fill your battery at the cheapest rate and run your home on it.  You won’t be relying on the National Grid to act as an extended battery as you would with Intelligent Octopus Flux. However, you will still be helping to balance it by importing energy when it is the greenest. Usually, the cheapest energy is the greenest too.

When electricty is abundant because the wind is blowing or the sun is shining it is also the cheapest on Octopus Agile. So it’s a win-win.

Octopus Agile unlike Intelligent Octopus Flux doesn’t combine both import and export. Although there is an Outgoing Octopus Agile tariff too. You are free to combine Octopus Agile with any Octopus export tariff such as Octopus Outgoing fixed which is a flat rate of 15p per kWh.

Summary

Intelligent Octopus Flux is it the best export tariff?Octopus Intelligent Flux isn’t for everyone, for starters, you need a GivEnergy battery. It’s a tariff that automates your home energy turning your home into a virtual power station.  Octopus does all the leg work.

You can switch to Intelligent Octopus Flux as a summer tariff. By doing so you’ll take advantage of the high export rates and run for the hills before winter.

Octopus Intelligent Flux is also a great set-and-forget tariff.

Whichever export tariff you choose you’ll be reducing your bills whilst helping to decarbonise the grid all from your rooftop.

As this is a beta tariff things might not always work out exactly as planned but I trust Octopus to do the right thing. The only way to test if it works is to switch to the tariff and try it out.

You can revisit your Octopus tariffs at any time. If you decide to switch tariffs and try a new approach you can as there are no exit fees.

Customer review.

I created this website. It is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by me, Sarah Go Green, a mum,  home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

I didn’t get paid for this review. Should you decide to have Octopus install solar panels we can split £200. Just quote code 9546o to Octopus. Let them know any time before you sign the final sales agreement. This has not influenced my review, it’s just a perk I would be delighted to share.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

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To fix or not to fix Octopus Energy 2024?

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Should you fix your Octopus Energy Tariff for 2024?

Updated 20th May 2024

You can now take an Octopus Energy 12-month fixed tariff and swap it at any time with no penalties. It’s roughly 6% below the April 2024 Energy Price Cap.

If you are a new or existing Octopus Customer and you are thinking of switching suppliers it is a good time to review your tariff and make a plan for 2024.

Written by Sarah Chambers

Octopus 12 Months Fixed Tariff is approximately 6% lower than the April Energy Price Cap.

There is currently only one traditional Octopus 12 Months Fixed tariff this is open to both new and existing customers. This is the Octopus 12-month fixed May v 3 tariff and it’s worth considering if you prefer the assurance of a fixed energy deal.

I have changed my tune slightly over the last month. I was saying hold out slightly longer for a cheaper Octopus fixed but wholesale energy prices have started to rise, only slightly but enough to make taking an Octopus fixed deal quite a sensible option if you prefer a fixed rate and you aren’t interested in a smart tariff.

There were two Octopus fixed tariffs but Octopus has scrapped the Octopus Loyal 12 months fixed tariff which rewarded customers who had been with Octopus for eight months with a rate that was 4% below the April Energy Price Cap. Now anyone can opt for the Octopus 12-month fixed May v3 tariff which is roughly 6% below the April Energy Price Cap.

There are still no exit fees on the Octopus 12-month fixed rate tariff so if prices suddenly drop you can just swap to the cheaper Octopus fixed deal but 6% below the current price cap is worth seriously considering before Octopus changes its mind and withdraws or changes the rate.

As a new customer, you can switch to the Octopus 12 Months Fixed Tariff when you switch from your current supplier. The Octopus 12-month fixed is 6% lower than the April 2024 Energy Price Cap and there’s a 4% discount on the daily standing charge set by Ofgem.

Octopus energy tariffs 2024

Octopus 12 Months Fixed Tariff.

If you are thinking of switching to Octopus Energy you can now switch to either the Octopus Flexible tariff or Octopus 12 Months Fixed Tariff at the time of switching.

The 12-month fixed is roughly 6% cheaper than the current Energy Price Cap, it may be the same as the July price drop we will have to wait and see on the 24th of May when Ofgem make their announcement.

Even if you end up paying slightly more per unit of energy in the summer you’ll use less energy during this period too. The Octopus 12-month fixed could work out cheaper than the Energy Price Cap rates come winter and that’s more important in my book!

New customers can switch to the Octopus 12 months fixed or the Octopus Flexible tariff at the time of switching. You could grab the Octopus 12 months fixed and if prices drop further in the autumn switch to the Octopus Flexible rate or a cheaper fixed if it becomes available.

On the Octopus 12 Months Fixed Tariff May v 3 2024 you will pay;

  • Electricity –  23.16p per kWh with a standing charge of 61.19p per day
  • Gas – 5.67p per kWh with a standing charge of 29.68p per day.

This quote is for South Wales, and prices vary slightly throughout the UK.

Read my blog post – Compare Octopus Energy Tariffs 2024

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About the author: I’ve been a happy Octopus Energy customer for 6 years.

This is me. I can be found on social media as Sarah_Go_Green and I have been an Octopus customer for 6 years. I’m featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on the BBC news, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine.

Recently I’ve been in Bloomberg simply for being an energy geek.  I love renewable energy and make it my mission to reduce my family’s home energy bills while improving our carbon footprint. I’ve got around 7,000 followers across X and TikTok where I talk about electrifying my home and reducing my Octopus energy bill. I can help you too! I’ve done a quick voice note below to say hello.

What has happened to the Octopus Loyal 12-Months Fixed Tariff?

The Loyal Octopus 12-month fixed tariff was 4% below the April Energy Price Cap and was open to Octopus customers who had been with them for at least 8 months. It rewarded loyal Octopus customers with a cheaper energy rate. This was withdrawn and now everyone can get an Octopus 12-month fixed tariff which is approximately 6% below the Energy Price Cap for a dual-fuel customer.

Octopus 12 Months Fixed Tariffs v Octopus Flexible Tariff. What’s the difference?

The Energy Price Cap is the default tariff in the UK. It is referred to as the Standard Variable Rate and acts like a 3-month fixed tariff which changes on the 1st of  January, 1st of April, 1st of July and 1st of September. When you are an Octopus Energy customer this is called the Octopus Flexible tariff.

The Octopus 12-month fixed tariff is fixed at the time of switching tariffs. Your costs per unit for your energy won’t change for 12 months and your standing charge is locked in too. Your tariff will remain the same for 12 months. There are no exit fees.

If you are an existing Octopus Energy customer you can check the name and rates of your current tariff on the home page of your Octopus Energy dashboard or check on the Octopus tariffs page. Just enter your postcode but do not select “Get a quote”. I would suggest clicking in the filter box to just see domestic tariffs.

If you are with another supplier how do you know if you are on the Energy Price Cap?

As a rough rule of thumb you will be on a default tariff if which follows the Energy Price Cap if;

  • You have never switched your energy tariff.
  • Your fixed deal has ended but you haven’t chosen a new tariff.
  • Your last supplier went bust and you’ve been transferred to a new one

If you are still unsure check your bill or contact your current supplier to ask.

1st April 2024 to 30th June 2024 Energy Price Cap.

The Energy Price Cap fell by 12% on the 1st of April 2024. This reduction is reflected in the Octopus 12-month fixed tariff plus the daily standing charge is slightly less.

The chart below shows the current Energy Price Cap rates v both Octopus 12-month Fixed tariffs

Predictions are that the Energy Price Cap will fall by 7% on 1st July 2024 but that could change over the next few weeks.  If you want to look ahead to October or January 2025 it is more a guess the further ahead you look.

As an illustration here are the current rates for the Octopus 12 months fixed tariffs, the Octopus Flexible tariff and predicted prices changed in 2024. The figures used below are from Cornwall Insight,  Ofgem and the Octopus Energy website.

Octopus Energy Tariff.Time PeriodElectricty price per kWh.Gas price price per kWh
Octopus 12 months fixed May v3
South Wales
18th May - Now.23.16p5.67p
Loyal Octopus 12 months fixed -
South Wales
NowN/AN/A
Octopus Flexible Tariff.
South Wales
1st April - 30th June 202424.51p6.25p
Octopus Flexible Tariff - best guess
National Average.
1st July - 30th September 202422.43p5.38p
Octopus Flexible Tariff - best guess
National Average
1st September - 31st December 202423.81p5.61p
Octopus Flexible Tariff - best guess
National Average.
1st January to 31st March 202524.06p5.65p

Should you take an Octopus Fixed Tariff now?

Octopus Energy has revised its fixed price and introduced the Octopus 12-month fixed May v3.  This Octopus 12-month fixed tariff is open to anyone and is around 6% below the April Energy Price Cap.

The fact that the Octopus 12-month fixed dropped in price is a good sign for competition returning to the domestic energy market. Wholesale prices have started to creep up but Octopus has chosen to reduce its fixed rate so that it is competitive with the upcoming July Energy Price Cap which will be announced on the 24th May 2024.

Martin Lewis’ fixed rates on the Money Saving Expert website show other suppliers who offer competitive fixed rates too but to qualify for some of those you’ll need to sign up for a smart meter and be locked in with a £5o exit fee.

My suggestion is to consider the Octopus 12 months fixed now.  You can always swap tariffs if prices go down. You can’t grab the cheaper rates if prices go up.

Is Octopus Energy 12 months fixed the cheapest fixed on the market with no exit fees and no restrictions?

Yes, if you compare Martin Lewis’ top fixed energy tariffs available the Octopus 12 months fixed is the best fixed rate on the market as it has no restrictions or exit fees.

  • Ecotricity – 9% less than the April Energy Price Cap. Open to new and existing customers with a £50 exit fee. You’ll need a smart meter to qualify for this tariff.
  • Outfox the market – 8% less than the April 2024 Energy Price Cap. Open to new and existing customers. You must manage your account online. Available as a dual fuel tariff only.
  • British Gas – 7% less than the April 2024 Energy Price Cap. Open to new and existing customers with a £100 exit fee.
  • Octopus Energy – 6% less than the April 2024 Energy Price Cap. Open to new and existing customers with no exit fees.🏆
  • EDF Energy – 6% less than the April 2024 Energy Price Cap. Open to new and existing customers with a £50 exit fee. You’ll need a smart meter to qualify for this tariff.
  • E.on Next – 3% less than the April 2024 Energy Price Cap. Open to new and existing customers with a £100 exit fee.

Points to consider when fixing your Octopus Energy tariff.

  • The Octopus 12-month fixed rate is roughly 6% below the April Energy Price Cap and is available now.
  • The Energy Price Cap is predicted to drop by 7% on the 1st of July.
  • If you did nothing and stayed on the Octopus Flexible tariff you’d pay 6% more now until the 1st of July and then you’d probably save 7% from the 1st of July to the 1st of September. That’s only 1% more than you could get today!
  • The Energy Price Cap is predicted to rise by 4% on the 1st of September.  If you fixed your Octopus tariff now your price wouldn’t go up.
  • If you prefer the stability of a fixed rate it might be a good idea to take the Octopus fixed rate now. The conflict in the Middle East is causing wholesale energy prices to start to creep up.
  • Because the Energy Price Cap is going down in July it does not mean fixed rates will drop any further! One is based on the previous 3 months of wholesale energy prices and the other is based on energy prices now.
  • There are exit fees.

Predictions have changed and the goalposts are forever moving.

On the 17th of May 2024, Cornwall Insight changed its predictions for Energy price caps for 2024/22025. The price drop in July is now 6 % less than previously predicted and should see a reduction of around 7%.

The wholesale energy market is no longer going down. There has been a slight upturn in prices.

I think the autumn and winter rates are the ones that need to be looked at as you use less energy in the summer months. On the Octopus 12 months fixed as an example, you would pay less for your electricty in January 2025 compared to the Energy Price Cap. These are, however, only predictions on the Energy Price Cap and they were made over a month ago before wholesale energy prices started to go up slightly again.

How to find the rates of the Octopus Loyal 12 months Tariff?

If you are an existing Octopus Energy customer you can see the rates of the Octopus Loyal 12 months fixed tariff on your Octopus dashboard. If your switch is not yet complete you can find these rates here. Enter your postcode but do not click to “get a quote”.

For now, the Loyal 12-month fixed has vanished but I prefer a cheaper fixed rate for everyone.

How to find the rates of the Octopus 12-month fixed Tariff?

If you are a new customer you can now switch to the Octopus 12 Months Fixed Tariff when you switch to Octopus Energy. New customers are now given the option of the Octopus Flexible Tariff or the Octopus 12-Month Fixed Tariff. You can get a quote online. This is where you will see the rates for your area.

Should you fix or stick with the Octopus Flexible tariff?

I think taking the Octopus Energy fixed rate now wouldn’t be a bad bet if your preference is a fixed rate. Fixed energy deals are based on current wholesale energy prices and the latest Octopus Fixed tariff has been available for a couple of weeks. Its rates are lower than the April Energy Price Cap and there’s not much of a difference come July, you’ll also use far less energy in that period too. The time you need to focus on is the winter when you can’t avoid having the heating and light on.

Octopus April Price Cap and July 2024

At the moment wholesale energy prices are creeping up again. When the Energy Price Cap goes down in July this does not mean cheaper fixed deals will become available. The two are not linked. The Energy Price Cap is based on the previous 3 months of wholesale energy rates while the fixed rates offered by suppliers are based on the wholesale rate NOW.

If wholesale energy prices are rising it means that energy suppliers have to buy your energy when you fix your tariff at a higher rate too. So we may well see the Octopus 12-month fixed rate being offered in July being higher than it is now.

Predictions are just that. They can change depending on politics and conflicts.

Cornwall Insight reports are the figures Martin Lewis uses to provide his energy advice, but these are just predictions.

Gas and electricity according to Cornwall Insight will fall further in the summer of 2024 but not as much as previously predicted. Earlier in the year they were expected to fall by 13% in July but on the 17th of May, they lowered it to 7%.

Ofgem is also looking at redistributing standing charges into the unit rate even further. If you took a fixed you’d miss part of this because your terms and rates would be fixed for 12 months. But who knows when Ofgem will action these changes?

You don’t have to fix both energy types. With Octopus you have the option to fix your gas tariff and have your electricity tariff as flexible. Alternatively, you could choose an Octopus smart tariff for one fuel type and a fixed one for the other.

Here is a comparison between the Octopus 12-Month Fixed tariff, Octopus Flexible Tariff and the Octopus Tracker Tariff.

Just remember the Octopus 12-month fixed rate that is available today may change at any time. If it goes down and you’ve already fixed you can swap to it but if you haven’t taken a fixed and it goes up you can’t get that cheaper rate.

Octopus Flexible TariffOctopus 12 months Fixed Tariff - May 2024 v3
Tracker Tariff
20th May 2024
Rates per kWh Fixed until 30th June 24Fixed for 12 monthsRate changes daily
Electricity24.51p 23.16p20.07p
Gas6.25p 5.67p4.63p

These are the rates for South Wales. You can find the regional rates for the Energy Price Cap for 1st April 2024 on the Octopus website.

If you have a smart tariff please also consider the Octopus tracker. It is a great deal but what’s the cheapest Octopus Energy Tariff in 2024?

Customer review.

My website is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by, Sarah Go Green, a mum,  home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

Join me for energy chat over on X which is formally Twitter @Sarah_Go_Green

 

 

 

Intelligent Octopus Go Update Review 2024

Is Intelligent Octopus Go worth it?

my Intelligent octopus go review, it's saved me money on EV charging.

Grab some green electrons on the UK’s most popular EV tariff, Intelligent Octopus Go.

Review written by: Sarah Chambers – Octopus Intelligent Go Review – May 2024 – 150,000 customers and me. 

I first signed up for Intelligent Octopus Go in March 2022, three months before it was officially launched. I was excited that I could plug in and forget about my EV knowing that Octopus would turn my charging off and on during the night.

By allowing Octopus to control my EV  they promised to meet my daily charging goals using energy at the greenest times for the grid.

The EV community didn’t automatically jump on the idea. They seemed reluctant to step away from standard off-peak hours that worked on a simple predictable timer. However, Octopus can be very persuasive.

Let’s fast-forward two years and I will tell you how I got on.

Intelligent Octopus Go is now the world’s biggest virtual power plant.

Going from a start-up beta tariff idea to the world’s biggest virtual power plant is quite a big step with Intelligent Octopus Go. It has taken just 24 months to launch the tariff, get 150,000 EV drivers onboard and have enough collective energy to power Birmingham and Leeds but how does this all work?

Intelligent Octopus.

Intelligent Octopus is a step beyond anything I thought possible when I switched from British Gas in 2018.  It is a concept where any Octopus tariff could in theory be “Intelligent”.  Octopus has created the Kraken software which can work with the National Grid. It could potentially make everything in your home interconnect running on the greenest energy when it’s abundant and helping reduce demand when it’s not needed.

So far Octopus has launched;

  • Intelligent Octopus Go for Electric Vehicle Charging.
  • Intelligent Octopus Cosy for heat pumps.
  • Intelligent Octopus Flux for solar panels and battery storage.

Sarah Chambers

About the author:  I’ve Been a Happy Octopus Energy Customer for 6 Years and I am an Octopus super fan. (I love the planet too.)

I’m Sarah, and as a mum of 3 daughters, I want to save money and do right by the planet. This led me down a rabbit hole of researching tariffs, smart meters, and renewable options.

You can find me on X and TikTok where I connect with around 7,000 followers looking for practical ways to electrify their homes and reduce energy bills. 

Feel free to follow me Sarah_Go_Green and join the conversation – I’d love to hear from you!  

I’m also featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on the BBC News, Radio Wales, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine and had a feature in Bloomberg.

I genuinely want to help you understand your options and make smarter energy choices. It’s that simple, I have become very geeky about my home energy and I can help you too. 

I met with Alex Schoch, Head of Flexibility at Octopus Energy to discuss the Intelligent Tariffs.

I have no engineering or energy background and yet my interest in how we can change our relationship with energy use at home has spiralled. We are at a pivotal moment where we have to make the right choices and Octopus seems to be making that easy for us as we go on a journey to electrification.

I talk so much about this stuff on X, Alex who’s the head of the Intelligent Octopus tariffs asked me if I would like to pop into their offices in London for a chat. As I was in London with the kids I jumped at an hour child-free to talk about energy. (I never thought those words would come out of my mouth!)

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Alex explained that there could be an Octopus Intelligent Everything. Octopus customers could reduce their bills by using energy when it’s the greenest and cheapest even without thinking. The Kraken software would handle everything.

This concept already exists in their zero bills homes . This is a pilot project where, with the right green tech, you pay no energy bills for 5 years.

Alex at Octopus genuinely wants to help customers become part of a new green energy world driven by technology and I find that reassuring.

Intelligent Octopus is the UK’s largest and the world’s only virtual power plant made up of domestic devices capable of balancing grids in multiple countries. And it’ll keep growing to many more in the coming months – Alex Schoch.

How does Intelligent Octopus Go work?

Intelligent Octopus Go is a smart energy ecosystem where Octopus currently controls 150,000 EVs deciding when to turn them off and on.

As a customer you;

  • Plugin
  • Set a charging goal on the Octopus app.
  • Relax and pay 7.5p per kWh. (Around 2p a mile)

Octopus Energy takes care of the rest. It’s simple. If I can do it anyone can!

I have been on Intelligent Octopus Go for over 2 years. I can only count three of four times having encountered any issues on this tariff. Those issues have usually been software glitches Octopus have been quickly resolved. (I might have selective memory as I have saved so much money on this tariff, but I don’t think so.)

You’ll have to set up a test charge before you switch to this tariff. It is straightforward and the Octopus app guides you through it.

Intelligent Octopus tariff in action balancing the grid in the UK.

How much have I saved on Intelligent Octopus Go?

I have saved so much money charging at home on Intelligent Octopus Go. I have driven around 8,800 miles in my Tesla Model Y this year and this has cost me £132 in EV charging costs. Compared to fueling a petrol or diesel car that is a whopping saving of around £1,282 .

I did some of my charging using free Tesla supercharging miles but around 70% of EV charging was at home. That’s because of the Intelligent Octopus Go off-peak rate of 7.5p per kWh and an offer with Tesla for free supercharging miles when a friend buys one of their vehicles.

I have also saved money on my home energy bill as I load shift a lot of my white goods, such as my dishwasher to the nighttime rate. You can use the 7.5p per kWh rate to run your home too and that’s saved me oodles too.

Even before I had my battery storage I would use at least 50% of my home energy off-peak. Now with the addition of a home battery installed by Octopus Energy, my average price per kWh for the whole house is around 8p – 9p per kWh.

I have invested in an EV and thanks to Octopus home charging it’s been well worth it, both for my pocket and the planet.

Summary

When you drive an Electric Vehicle I am guessing a part of it is because you want to make a difference to the environment. It doesn’t have to be the reason but for many it is.

You’ll get the odd raised eyebrow from some. How will the National Grid cope with all these new Electric Vehicles? My simple answer is with the help of smart innovative tariffs like Octopus Intelligent.

I get giddy reading about fascinating topics as Octopus customers we are exposed to and have access to. I know it’s not a topic everyone would get excited about but if you care about our planet’s future and saving money you’ll love Intelligent Octopus Go.

Octopus Energy customer review.

My website is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by me, Sarah Go Green, a mum,  home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

Other posts by Sarah you may wish to read:

get £100 off a heat pump ot solar panels with Octopus Energy. Here is my code.

Problems with Octopus solar and battery installation.

Octopus solar panels review 2024

Electrifying my home with solar panels and battery storage.

Octopus Energy solar and battery storage installation review – May 2024

I have had my solar panels and battery installed for almost 7 months. My installers were Octopus Energy in October. This is a quick review of a few small issues I have encountered. There haven’t been many but I thought it would be worth documenting in case anyone else has these problems.

Ignore click bate about Octopus Energy solar and battery installations.

You only need to google “Octopus Energy solar and battery installation” to find a multitude of YouTube videos;

  • Why I said NO to Octopus Energy solar panels.

When you watch the videos the YouTuber didn’t have an Octopus installation, they may have had a quote and chosen smaller family firms but they’ve tagged Octopus in the headline to grab views.

I on the other hand have had other quotes and chose Octopus Energy as I trusted them after supplying my home energy for six years and the installation in typical Octopus style was hassle-free.

You might find this YouTube video interesting. It contains my review, What to expect from your Octopus Energy Solar and Battery Installation.

I am not saying don’t watch the click bate most of them do hold lots of helpful information but the title doesn’t match what you would expect in the video.

So what have been my issues with my Octopus Energy installation over the last 7 months?

I have to give a balanced review and so here’s what needed resolving after the Octopus solar and battery installation.

  1. My GivEnergy battery kept going offline.

That’s been my only issue. It was resolved by adding a TP link plug in my garage and Octopus came out quickly to do that. Besides that, there has been nothing to report. Nothing worthy of a click-bate YouTube video anyway.

If the battery is a distance from your house then you may struggle to get a signal to the battery. This is all tested at the time of installation. Mine was borderline so they decided to see how it went and it didn’t take long before it kept dropping the signal.

I contacted Octopus and it was a simple resolution. That has been my online issue. One day this week my SolarEdge inverter seemed to glitch but I only know that as I keep looking at the app. The supply to my home wasn’t compromised the data just wasn’t being displayed on the app. I left it and the next day it was working fine without any problems.

If you have any problems Octopus have a dedicated solar helpline.

On the side of my battery is a contact number for Octopus Energy in case of any problems. So far there has been very little to report except the wifi issue with the GivEnergy battery.

Sarah Chambers

About the author:  I’ve Been a Happy Octopus Energy Customer for 6 Years and the cherry on the cake is they installed my solar panels and battery storage too.

You can find me on X and TikTok where I connect with around 7,000 followers looking for practical ways to electrify their homes and reduce energy bills.

Feel free to follow me Sarah_Go_Green and join the conversation – I’d love to hear from you!

I’m also featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on BBC News, Radio Wales, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine and had a feature in Bloomberg.

Even if your only aim is to lower your household bills and find the cheapest Octopus tariff I help there too.

Customer review.

My website is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by me, Sarah Go Green, a mum,  home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

I didn’t get paid for this review. Should you decide to have Octopus install solar panels we can split £200. Just quote code 9546o to Octopus. Let them know any time before you sign the final sales agreement. This has not influenced my review, it’s just a perk I would be delighted to share.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

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Octopus solar installation – review update.

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Here comes the sun – my first spring with Octopus solar panels and battery storage.

Octopus Energy solar and battery installation review May 2024.

Reviewed by Sarah Chambers.

I had 15 solar panels and a home battery installed by Octopus Energy in October 2023. I now pull the curtains back with delight and get excited about generating energy.

My decision to start electrifying my home has been nothing short of a triumph. Thanks to my Octopus solar panels and battery storage making my own energy at home is a doddle.

Why would anyone want an installation in October? Isn’t it better to wait for the spring? My reply after experiencing my first winter with solar panels and battery storage is to say no. Go for it whenever you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed. The sun is in the sky all year round so don’t hang around.

Since the Octopus installation I have seen my bills come down considerably.  You’ll never totally wipe them out 365 days of the year but my Octopus Energy bill has just landed and I have earned more than I have spent on electricty this month. This includes the standing charging. (Billing period 11th April to 11th May 2024)

Picking the right Octopus tariff helps with your home solar and battery storage.

I have just checked the Octopus Energy app and this month so far, up until the 13th of May 2024 I have imported 171 kWh and I have exported 227 kWh. Finding these figures is simple.  You log into your Octopus dashboard and the figures are there.

After your solar installation, it takes a few weeks to get your export tariff approved but once this is done an additional section pops up on your Octopus app showing your electricty, gas (if you have any) and export figures.

Finding the right Octopus tariff to make the most of your new green tech is key but there isn’t one tariff that suits everyone. It all depends on how you use energy and how flexible and hands-on you want to be considering your energy use.

There are set-and-forget Octopus tariffs that will take care of everything, such as Intelligent Octopus Flux but they won’t suit everyone and it’s well worth considering all of your options in terms of import and export tariffs with Octopus.

I’ve done a review of Octopus Battery storage tariffs and Octopus export tariffs which I hope will help. Finding the cheapest Octopus Energy tariff will be different for everyone. So take your time and make sure it’s one you are happy with.

Summary of Octopus Tariffs

You will get more savings on your energy bill if you keep an eye on your solar generation, but you can install your solar panels and in part forget about them. You should occasionally check that it’s all doing what it should be doing, this is quick and easy to do in a dedicated app.  If your system goes down and you want to know about it an occasional glance is a must.

If anything goes wrong with your solar panels or battery there is a dedicated Octopus solar helpline, so don’t worry.

Seriously if I can work this tech out anyone can.

There’s a helpful group of Octopus solar customers on X if you need help.


Once you have solar panels and battery storage installed it is a game-changer. You spot opportunities where they could go everywhere, even on a leisurely day out with the kids. Why hasn’t xx got solar panels on their roof? :-0

My solar production is getting better each day as the summer approaches.

So far in the early morning and evening, I have been running my home off my home battery. I charge it overnight at 7.5p per kWh on the Intelligent Octopus Go tariff.

When the sun isn’t shining I keep my costs low by utilising my home battery. But sunrise is getting earlier and sunset is getting later each day. I hope to build up a healthy credit for the winter whilst also fueling my home for free this summer.

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Over the winter my 13.5 kWh battery has served us very well.

In January we made a credit of about £150 after our energy costs were covered. This was due to Octopus Saving Sessions which allowed us to export energy from my home battery to the National Grid at times of high demand. During one session we were paid a whopping £4.25 per kWh! (Our usual rate is 15p per kWh)

You can set and forget your solar and home battery – Octopus installation. 

You may like the idea of having a solar installation. Some people, like me, may feel optimism combined with a feeling of dread.  I was worried about making the wrong decisions and not having the technical know-how to operate my home power station but fear not. Octopus Energy held my hand through the entire process and they will do the same for you too.

I am very geeky so I enjoy looking at my solar apps. Now my installation is working it’s like magic, with free energy generated from the sun on my roof.

The sun will keep coming up and your solar panels will do their thing you’ll just need the right energy tariff for you.

Sarah Chambers

About the author:  I’ve Been a Happy Octopus Energy Customer for 6 Years and the cherry on the cake is they installed my solar panels and battery storage too.

You can find me on X and TikTok where I connect with around 7,000 followers looking for practical ways to electrify their homes and reduce energy bills.

Feel free to follow me Sarah_Go_Green and join the conversation – I’d love to hear from you!

I’m also featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on BBC News, Radio Wales, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine and had a feature in Bloomberg.

Even if your only aim is to lower your household bills and find the cheapest Octopus tariff I help there too.

Customer review.

My website is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by me, Sarah Go Green, a mum,  home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

I didn’t get paid for this review. Should you decide to have Octopus install solar panels we can split £200. Just quote code 9546o to Octopus. Let them know any time before you sign the final sales agreement. This has not influenced my review, it’s just a perk I would be delighted to share.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

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Cheapest Octopus Tariff 2024

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WHAT’S THE CHEAPEST OCTOPUS ENERGY TARIFF IN 2024

Octopus Energy has a multitude of energy tariffs to choose from but what’s the cheapest Octopus Energy tariff in 2024?

There are several Octopus tariffs which range from your traditional fixed and flexible tariffs to smart tariffs. Some are designed to change with the availability of energy on the national grid whilst others help you reap the benefits of green technology but which one is the cheapest?

It’s a bit like asking what’s the cheapest mobile or broadband package. It all depends on your home energy use and setup. Someone working from home, for example, may have more flexibility than a colleague who doesn’t get home until 5 pm and needs to cook the kids’ tea.

Should there be just one tariff that’s easy to understand or does Octopus offer something different for everyone?

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Are cheaper prices reserved for Octopus customers with green tech such as solar panels and Electric Vehicles?

Octopus Energy has a fixed rate 6% below the April 2024 Energy Price Cap.  It has no early exit fees and there’s more requirement to have a smart meter installed. You can switch to this tariff as a new or existing customer.

If you have a smart meter you can save a substantial sum on the Octopus Tracker or Octopus Agile tariffs.  There’s no need for any green tech. However, there are Octopus tariffs if you have some too.

You’ll have to be prepared to ride the wholesale wave to make the most of these time-of-use tariffs but the doors are not closed if all you have is a smart meter.

Octopus smart meter customers can also sign up for Octoplus rewards and offers.

Paul commented on this video when I posted it on X.

Paul has a smart meter and is an Octopus Energy customer. He has no solar panels, battery storage or EV nonetheless he’s saved 40% on his energy bill in 2024.

I live in an apartment so the only smart tariff that works for me is “tracker” Early days but in the first 6 weeks my bills are about 40% less. Not time of use obvs but a very SMART tariff. – Paul Giles, 8th May on X.(Previously known as Twitter)

How did someone only pay 7.22p per kWh for his electricty in April 2024?

Firstly, you’ll need a smart meter. But with no battery storage, solar panel or EV just a smart tariff one of my followers on X got his average price per kWh to 7.22p in May 2024. The Energy Price Cap is around 24p per kWh! He did this by shifting his energy use to cheaper half-hourly slots on the Octopus Agile tariff.

Follow me on TikTok and X for tips on how to reduce your Octopus Energy bill.

I can be found on social media as Sarah_Go_Green and I have been an Octopus customer for 6 years. I’m featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on the BBC news, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine.

Recently I’ve been in Bloomberg simply for being an energy geek.  I love renewable energy and make it my mission to reduce my family’s home energy bills while improving our carbon footprint. I’ve got around 7,000 followers across X and TikTok where I talk about electrifying my home and reducing my Octopus energy bill. I can help you too! I’ve done a quick voice note below to say hello. (3 minutes long.)

Customer review.

My website is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by, Sarah Go Green, a mum,  home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

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Octopus Outgoing Tariff Summer

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Running my home as a mini power station to help the planet and my pocket.

Octopus Energy solar panels, battery storage and EV charging tariffs reviewed –  May 2024

Review by Sarah Chambers

I may struggle to get the kids to clean their rooms but I can generate green energy, export it to the grid and create power for my own Electric Vehicle. This all happens without me lifting a finger.

My home mini power station.

  • 15 solar panels all facing south
  • 13.5 kWh battery
  • MyEnergi Zappi EV Charger
  • Tesla Model Y – Long Range.

I have an Electric Vehicle and have been using the Intelligent Octopus Go tariff for almost 2 years.

It made sense once my home battery was installed to stick with the same Octopus tariff and use the 6 hours of off-peak energy to charge my EV, run my home and most importantly fill my 13.5 kWh battery.

The Intelligent Octopus Go tariff was designed for Electric Vehicle charging but within the terms and conditions, you can also use the off-peak energy within the home.

The winter has been a dream after my Octopus solar and battery installation.

For all of those who scoffed at me for getting my installation done just as we entered autumn, I now wave my Octopus Energy bills and cheer. Running my home off solar and battery storage during the longest and darkest days of the year has been quite an eye-opener. Yes, we still have sunshine in the winter, even in South Wales!

I considered an alternative Octopus export tariff for the summer.

I have remained contented with Intelligent Octopus Go over the winter but wonder if  I should be trying harder. My first solar summer is approaching and I need to revisit my Octopus tariff choice.

Should I step away from my happy place?

  • Intelligent Octopus Go for import
  • Outgoing fixed for my solar export.

If this was a test would I get a red pen comment saying “Try harder!”?

It just feels too easy.

My Octopus Energy tariffs for solar panels and battery storage.

I am currently on Intelligent Octopus Go for import and Octopus Outgoing Fixed for my export.

  • Octopus Outgoing fixed is a tariff designed for solar export –  15p per kWh.
  • Intelligent Octopus Go is an EV tariff – 7.5p per kWh between 11.30 pm and 5.30 am.
  • The day rate on Intelligent Octopus Go has a premium added. It’s more expensive than the Octopus Flexible rate.

Points to consider;

  • I have been on this combination for import and export tariffs since October 2023 and am extremely happy. It feels like it’s an easy way to run what could be quite a complex task without any real thought.
  • I am getting an excellent rate for my solar export whilst filling my battery on a schedule that needs no attention or monitoring overnight.
  • My average rate for importing electricty is consistently around 8p per kWh each amazing month.
  • The Octopus Outgoing export rate of 15p per kWh is above the basic Smart Energy Guarantee is around 4.1p per kWh.
  • I get a flat rate 24 hours a day for my excess solar generation. So no timed discharge is needed. Just set and forget.

This all requires minimum effort for maximum gain over the winter. If you are eligible for Intelligent Octopus Go and have a home battery I can’t recommend it enough.

Should I switch Octopus tariffs for my home battery and solar panels for the spring and summer?

I am reluctant to change my routine because I need to do very little to maintain the status quo in my home.  Mostly importantly, however, it’s saving me money on my energy bill.

I have decided to stay on my current Octopus tariffs. They offer amazing value with a low import rate and a much higher export rate. It is simple and effective.

Octopus Energy Tariffs I considered for my EV, battery storage and solar export – May 2024

I looked at 3 tariffs for my import and export as an alternative to my combo of Intelligent Octopus Go and Outgoing Fixed;

Octopus Agile.

Octopus Agile would have been a good choice for my import tariff as prices can go negative. I currently pay on average less than 8p per kWh to import electricty but imagine filling your home battery, charging my EV or running my home for free! I have seen this happen a few times recently on Octopus Agile.

Octopus Agile, however, needs a more hands-on approach or you could invest in Home Assistant to automate it. (That’s my next project)

I am sure if I switched to Octopus Agile for my import I would save more than on Intelligent Octopus Go but for the effort, I am happy to stick with what I am comfortable with.

If you choose Octopus Agile, just so you are aware, it can also be combined with Octopus Outgoing Fixed.

Octopus Flux and Intelligent Octopus Flux.

Intelligent Octopus Flux and Octopus Flux have better export rates than I am on at the moment. But you’ll pay more than Intelligent Octopus Go to import your electricty.

Last year the export rates were more attractive on the Flux tariffs.

Unless I export 50% or more than I import I don’t think it’s worth switching to either of the Octopus Flux tariffs.

Octopus Go and solar export rates.

If you can’t get Intelligent Octopus Go and have an EV you’ll probably be on Octopus Go.

On Octopus Go your export rate is limited to 8p per kWh export on Octopus Outgoing Lite. Under these circumstances switching to one of the 3 other export tariffs we have looked at would make more sense in the summer.

I would be kicking the ground if I wasn’t eligible for Intelligent Octopus Go. It’s a good solid all-year-round tariff which can be combined with Octopus Outgoing fixed at 15p per kWh. This is quite a happy place to be 365 days of the year!

Sarah Chambers

About the author:  I’ve Been a Happy Octopus Energy Customer for 6 Years and the cherry on the cake is they installed my solar panels and battery storage too.

You can find me on X and TikTok where I connect with around 7,000 followers looking for practical ways to electrify their homes and reduce energy bills.

Feel free to follow me Sarah_Go_Green and join the conversation – I’d love to hear from you!

I’m also featured on the Octopus website and their YouTube channel as a solar customer. I’ve been on BBC News, Radio Wales, published in the Telegraph for owning part of a wind turbine and had a feature in Bloomberg.

Even if your only aim is to lower your household bills and find the cheapest Octopus tariff I help there too.

Customer review.

My website is not managed or owned by Octopus Energy. It is just a website created by me, Sarah Go Green.  A mum, a home energy geek and a very happy Octopus Energy customer.

I didn’t get paid for this review. Should you decide to have Octopus install solar panels we can split £200. Just quote code 9546o to Octopus. Let them know any time before you sign the final sales agreement. This has not influenced my review, it’s just a perk I would be delighted to share.

You can read further independent Octopus Energy reviews on Trustpilot where 89% of customers give them 5 stars.

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Best Octopus battery storage tariff.

If you want to lower your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint, battery storage is a great choice. By charging your battery when the grid is greener or storing excess solar energy, you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Wondering which Octopus Energy tariff is best for your home battery storage? Let’s find out!

 

I have had many questions about battery storage over the last few weeks. If you are contemplating the best options for reducing your energy bills battery storage could save you money. I have recently had solar panels and battery storage installed so I will walk you through the tariffs available.

What is Battery Storage and Why is it Important?

As the cost of living continues to rise and environmental concerns grow, many individuals are seeking sustainable ways to power their homes. Home Battery storage is emerging as a popular solution to this issue, allowing homeowners to store excess energy from renewable sources like solar panels for later use. This not only cuts down on electricity expenses but also contributes to reducing emissions and pollution linked to conventional power plants.

Home battery storage can also offer a reliable backup in case of emergencies or natural disasters. I worry about the lights going out more than I should. We live in a semi-rural location and for us, the reassurance of battery storage with the ability to use it in a power cut has been reassuring. Not all home batteries have this function and not everyone will list it as a priority but it is something worth considering for the future.

You will need to find the right energy supplier if you buy a home battery.

With the advancement of more efficient batteries, a home battery is becoming increasingly feasible for households aiming to enhance energy efficiency and environmental awareness. By harnessing renewable energy and storing it for later use, homeowners can take a significant step towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Having an energy tariff that can allow you to store cheaper energy during off-peak periods is the key and Octopus has several options.

The adoption of home battery storage systems presents a practical and eco-friendly solution for individuals looking to reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy costs. With the ability to store excess energy from renewable sources, homeowners can enjoy greater energy independence while contributing to a cleaner environment. As technology continues to improve, home battery storage is poised to play a key role in promoting sustainability in residential settings and we need forward-thinking energy suppliers like Octopus to help us on our journey. 

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 Battery storage can help households save money on their electricity bills by storing energy when it is cheaper and using it when the prices are higher. It also helps reduce carbon emissions by allowing households to switch off their appliances during peak times and use stored energy instead.

Octopus Off-peak tariffs for charging battery storage.

Investing in battery storage for your home is a significant financial commitment, and it’s natural to wonder when you can expect to recover your investment. Recently, there has been a significant surge in interest in battery storage solutions for residential use. Many people are now considering battery storage even before solar PV as a viable solution.

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A quick rundown of the Octopus time-of-use tariffs.

To qualify for an Octopus smart tariff or time-if-use tariff you will need a smart meter.  This allows Octopus to calculate when you use energy.

Apart from Economy 7 and Octopus Agile you will be required to have a particular piece of green tech to qualify for the tariff.  You will also be able to use the off-peak rate to charge your home battery.

Just to give you an example, I have an EV and I qualify for Octopus Intelligent Go, I charge my EV during the off-peak window and I set my home battery to charge at the same time. It’s enough to fill the home overnight and only costs 7.5p per kWh. At 7.5p or 9.0p per kWh off-peak on Octopus Go, the more battery storage you have the better as you can use that cheap energy during the day when prices are high.

I have written a review on all of the Octopus tariffs below.

You can read more about Octopus Tariffs for exporting your excess energy (that sit along these import tariffs) here.

If you don’t have an EV or solar panels then Octopus Agile is an option to look at as well as Economy 7. You can read more about this on my Octopus Agile review page.

Dedicated Solar and Battery Storage Tariff.

Octopus Energy offers two tariffs exclusively to customers with both solar panels and battery storage. They are Octopus Flux and Octopus Intelligent Flux. The intelligent version was launched in July 2023 and takes into account the growing interest in battery storage. It allows customers to leave all the work of deciding when to charge and discharge their battery to Octopus.

Octopus Flux

This diagram should help you better understand the concept of the Octopus Flux Tariff. This is my interpretation of the Octopus Flux and not an official image from the Octopus Energy website. The intelligent version is all managed by Octopus, you just put your feet up and leave them to export at the greenest time which as a bonus is also better for your pocket.

In the summer, the yellow solar line will extend further, providing you with a greater chance to export energy at the peak rate while keeping your battery charged with green electrons.

What’s the best Octopus tariff if you have an Electric Vehicle, Solar Panels and battery storage?

Deciding the best Octopus tariff to be on if you have an EV, solar and battery storage can be tricky. You’ll find this question asked repeatedly online. After spending so much on green tech you can feel a big responsibility to get the tariff right.

I have 16 solar panels combined with a 13.5 kWh and drive a Tesla Model Y.  I have 3 teenage daughters who are unpredictable with their energy use. They don’t stop cooking and eating.

I love the Intelligent Octopus Go tariff combined with Octopus Outgoing fixed for my export. If you are eligible for Intelligent Octopus Go I think it is a no-brainer.  You can probably save more money on your imported electricty on Octopus Agile but you’d need to do more leg work and be prepared to be flexible with your home energy use.

On Intelligent Octopus Go there are no restrictions on your export tariff, unlike Octopus which is limited to 8p per kWh on Octopus Outgoing Lite.

Intelligent Octopus Go provides a simple off-peak rate for six hours a day which is 7.5p per kWh. You can charge your EV, run your home and fill your home battery during the off-peak window. I rarely average over 8p per kWh for my imported electricty.

Octopus Outgoing fixed has a rate of 15p per kWh which I think is fantastic. You could get more for your export on Octopus Flux but Octopus Outgoing fixed is a great rate and you can get a much cheaper import rate when combining it with a tariff like Intelligent Octopus Go.

I have written a full review of my choice of energy tariffs in this blog, which Octopus Outgoing tariffs will I choose for the spring and summer.

Cosy Octopus Tariff.

Octopus Energy launched a new smart tariff, the Cosy Octopus tariff, which has a double discounted period. You have to own an air source heat pump or have booked to have one installed to qualify for this tariff. It has 6 hours of off-peak electricity which is around 17p per kWh during this period. Maybe, this would be a good option if you have an ASHP and battery storage.

Is battery storage worth the investment?

Yes, yes and yes! I have had battery storage now for around 5 months and the difference it has made to my energy bill, even in November is quite staggering but I do have access to an EV tariff. This means I get a cheap overnight rate to top up the battery ready for the next day.

Even without an EV just being able to store excess solar and fill up at the lowest rate possible makes battery storage a great option to lower the average price you pay per kWh.

I did a lot of research before deciding on which battery to buy. I asked so many questions GivEnergy invited me up to visit them. If you are going to invest in a home battery you have to be confident you have made the best choice for your own needs. So do your homework and if you have any questions drop me a message or tag me on Twitter!

Battery storage has to be the way forward for energy security in the UK. If, however, you are still at the research stage you can still save money, what is the cheapest Octopus Energy tariff?