OCTOPUS ENERGY GO TARIFF
Octopus Go is a smart electricity tariff that guarantees cheap overnight electricity at 7.5p / kWh for 4 hours every night (between 12.30 and 4.30 am) and 30.77p per kWh for the remaining 20 hours. The off-peak tariff assures EV drivers of reduced motoring costs thanks to its 12 months fixed rate.
Octopus Go is designed for customers who can charge their Electric Vehicles at home off-peak. Charging can be done very cheaply overnight keeping costs to around 1.5p per mile.
Octopus Go & Go Faster Tariff
Charging your electric car overnight is a cheap, and easy way to reduce your energy bill. On Octopus Go you’ll get a reduced rate of 7.5p per kWh between 12.30 am and 4.30 am. If you opt for Octopus Go Faster the discounted period can be extended further if you opt for 5 hours of discounted electricity every night.
- The scheduling function within your EV.
- A smart charger or cable.
What are the benefits of Octopus Go?
- Reduce your overall energy bill.
- Reduce the cost of energy charging your electric vehicle.
- Decrease your environmental impact.
- Make your home energy work smarter for you and the planet.🌍
During your off-peak times, you have to work your side hustle in using cheap energy. So get the EV charged and preset the dishwasher and washing machine. You can also start using energy to charge phones, devices, or even home battery storage, anything that would use a lot of kWh. This is where shifting your energy use can really start to pay off financially. Plus you’ll also be helping the planet!!👏💚
How much does Octopus Go cost?
On the 20th May 2022, Octopus Go is 7.5p per kWh off-peak with a daytime rate of 35.04p per kWh. The daily standing charging charge is 47.88p. The Octopus Go rate is fixed for 12 months. It is still a good deal if you want electric off-peak for charging!! Prices may vary slightly in different geographical locations.
|Octopus Go |
|Electricity.||35.04p per kWh|
|Off-peak pricing. 4 hours - 00.30 to 04.30 🚘||7.5p per kWh|
|Standing charge.||47.88p per day|
You can check the Octopus Go rate for your geographical area on the Octopus website.
Is there an Octopus Go Gas Tariff?
No. Octopus Go is simply for your electricity but you can pick a standard Octopus gas Tariff to sit alongside your Go electricity tariff. For example Super Green Gas and Octopus Go Electricity.
Is Octopus Go any good?
Yes, it is the best overall EV charging tariff on the market in the UK. Although, if you have a Tesla or a Wallbox charger I think the Intelligent Octopus tariff is a slightly better deal. There isn’t a hidden catch in switching to Octopus Go. You’ll just need a smart meter that sends half-hourly readings to Octopus. You’re not locked into this tariff. You can switch to another tariff at any time or even leave Octopus Energy with no penalties.
Has the Octopus Energy Go tariff increased in price?
Yes, due to the rise in whole energy prices on the 4th January 2022 the Octopus Go off-peak rate increased from 5p to 7.5p per kWh. The daytime rate also increased on the 29th March 2022 to 35.04p per kWh and the standing charge increased to 47.88p from 24.86p per day.
If you are already on the Go tariff your standard rate will not go up until your existing 12 months tariff period comes to an end. If you want to compare EV tariffs take a look at my other page.
Is it cheaper to stay on a price cap tariff or switch to Octopus Go?
I think Octopus Go is cheaper. The new April price cap for electricity has increased from 21p to around 30p per kWh. The Octopus Go daytime rate is 35.04p per kWh. (It may vary slightly in your geographical location.) The rate is fixed for 12 months and you get 4 hours off-peak at 7.5p per kWh. Even though the day rate is higher you have to work out your average rate taking into account the number of hours you use energy off-peak.
To reduce the average price per kWh I would suggest you make the most of the cheap Go rate and shift your white good use to your off-peak period wherever possible. Not only will it help your pocket but also the planet!
You also need to consider that the price cap looks set to rise again in October 2022.
You can read more in my recent blog post.
Does the whole household need to change their energy use to benefit from Octopus Go?
No. In a recent survey by Ofgem, most EV owners stated that they hadn’t made any changes to how they use their electricity at home. The assumption seemed to be that to fully benefit from the switch to an intelligent tariff the whole household needs to modify their energy use. 🤯 With Octopus Go this isn’t the case! 👏
“But my wife and kids don’t care, if they need their clothes they’ll put on the tumble dryer.”
That’s fine! If you take a closer look at the Octopus Go tariff you’ll see that the price per kWh outside the off-peak period is slightly less than the Octopus standard 10 months fixed deal. You aren’t paying anymore. If you take a look at your Octopus dashboard you will also see lots of third-party devices and ideas that help keep your energy consumption down!!
Comparing Octopus 10 months fixed tariff to Octopus Go 10 months fixed tariff for EV charging.
|Compare Energy Prices 20/05/22|
|Octopus 12 Month Fixed Tariff( Electricity)||Octopus Go Tariff.|
|41.8p per kWh||35.04p kWh (04.30 - 00.30)|
|No off-peak times.||7.5p kWh off-peak. (00.30 - 04.30)|
|47.88p per day standing charge.||47.88p per day standing charge|
How does Octopus Go faster work?
The Octopus Go Faster tariff is ideal for EV drivers who want to pick when their energy rate is discounted. The standard Go tariff, 12.30-4.30 am is ideal for overnight charging but what if you work night shifts or can’t charge your EV during these times? This is where Octopus Go Faster fits in. You can select the start time and duration of your Octopus Go discount. You can start from 21.30 to 03.30 and the duration can be 4 or 5 hours in length.
⏰Option 1. Take a 4-hour Go period at 7.5p/kWh and select a start time of 21.30, 22.30, 23.30, 00.30, 01.30 or 02.30
⏰Option 2. Take a 5-hour Go period at 8.25p/kWh and select a start time of 21.30, 22.30, 23.30, 00.30 or 01.30
The unit price will change slightly depending on your geographical location.
Octopus Go Faster is by invite only for existing Octopus Energy customers. Once you have switched to Octopus you can email [email protected] and ask if you can move over to one of these tariffs.
Octopus do publish the Octopus Go Faster rates online BUT they are quite difficult to find. You need to go to the Octopus tariffs page, enter your postcode but don’t click on “Request a quote” and scroll down through the list of tariffs. Currently, they are quite a way down the list. I would suggest emailing, [email protected], if you want up to check prices for your geographical location.
Previously there were 3 options on Octopus Go Faster but the 3 hours discounted period has been removed. The 8.30 pm start time is now also unavailable.
|COMPARE OCTOPUS GO FASTER TARIFF|
|Option 1 🚘 4 hours discounted.||7.5p per kWh|
|Option 2 🚘 5 hours discounted.||8.25p per kWh|
|Outside discounted period unit cost per kWh||35.04p|
|Standing charge. 🚘||47.88p|
How does the Octopus Go Faster differ from Octopus Go Tariff?
The rate outside the discounted period stays the same for both Octopus Go and Go faster. One isn’t cheaper than the other it’s just the discounted period and price that varies.
There are altogether 21 variations on the Octopus Go Faster tariff and the standard tariff also varies per region too.
The names of the tariffs are based on the time and the during. So for example, if you wanted a 4-hour charge starting at 21.30 the tariff would be called GO-4H-21.30. If you want a 5-hour charge starting at 22.30 the tariff would be called GO-5H-22.30 and so on.
How do you switch to the Octopus Go tariff?
As a new customer, you’ll simply have to switch to Octopus Energy and select an interim tariff before making your switch to Octopus Go. As a new customer, you have to sign up for a nonsmart tariff when you switch. It’s then a case of moving from your interim tariff to your chosen smart tariff, such as Octopus Go.
- Switch to Octopus Energy. (This usually takes around 17 days)
- Octopus must be satisfied that they are receiving half-hourly readings from your smart meter. (This usually happens with 14 days but could take longer.
- You can then switch to Octopus Go.
You can check on your Octopus Energy dashboard to see if half-hourly readings are being received.
If you haven’t got a smart meter it’s a case of switching, requesting a smart meter, and waiting for an installation date to become available in your area. You’ll need a Secure SMETS1 (Secure is a brand name and it’s written on the front of the meter) or a SMETS2 smart meter to switch to any of the Octopus smart tariffs.
How can I tell if I have a SMETS2 smart meter already?
Look out for ‘GUID’ or a Device ID which looks like this: AA-BB-CC-DD-EE-FF-00-GG-ZZ on the front of the meter. If you can see a number like this it is a good indication you have a SMETS2 meter.
There’s no getting around it switching to Octopus Go does take a little more time than a standard tariff.
Here’s what Octopus has to say.
“Octopus Go is a beta product. If you’re OK that some things may not work the first time, that installations and processes may take longer than we’d like, and that on occasion data issues with smart meters can take significant time to fix or prevent things working at all, but that you’d like to work with us to make world-changing energy tariffs a reality. You will always be able to switch to one of our fairly priced standard tariffs at any time.”
Take your first step towards cheaper EV charging.↓🚘🥳
Ready to make the switch? Simply pick your interim tariff and contact Octopus Energy to get your smart meter installed or checked. Following half-hourly meter readings, you will be ready to switch to Octopus Go.
Octopus removed the option to get online quotes during the afternoon of the 28th of February. You will need to call Octopus Energy if you want to join and switch from your current supplier – 0808 1693274.
On 20th May, the current Octopus fixed tariff is 40.15p per kWh with a daily standing charge of 47.88p.
You can still check up to date tariff information. You just need to scroll down through the list of current tariffs. Here is the link. Don’t click on “Request a quote” just enter your postcode and a list of current tariffs will be displayed below. All the comparison sites are unable to provide any quotes either BUT you can find the current tariffs on the Octopus Energy website.
|Energy cost.||Price per kWh|
|Electricity||41.8p per kWh.|
|Gas||11.82p per kWh|
|Electricity standing charge||47.88p per day.|
|Gas standing charge||27.22p per day.|
|12 Month fixed tariff.|
If you have been with another supplier and you’re not sure if your SMETS1 smart meter will work Octopus look for the word “Secure”. It should be written on the front of your smart meter. Secure is a tradename. Secure also supplied meters to Utilita, Shell, OVO, E.ON, and Bristol Energy. Any other brand of SMETS1 smart meter will not retain its smart functionality if you switch to Octopus so
Although Octopus Go is advertised on the Octopus Energy website you will struggle to find information on the Go Faster Tariff. This is because it’s been limited to invitation-only. If you switch to your interim tariff first you can email [email protected] or [email protected] Octopus Go Faster tariff is being tested so it isn’t being advertised on their website. You will find lots of chat about it on EV forums. Octopus never stops thinking of ways to save customers money! Ready to switch to Octopus?
Read about a new beta tariff called Octopus Intelligent.
Will I get paid for exporting my solar energy with Octopus Go?
Yes, Octopus Energy Go Outgoing tariff currently pays customers to export electricity to the grid. Octopus Go Outgoing is fixed at 4.1p per kWh. Find out more about Octopus Outgoing tariffs.
You will need your MCS Certificate and DNO response which you should find in your installers pack. Email [email protected] to find out more.
My experience getting a smart meter with Octopus Energy
There is a waiting list and I have to be honest I did wait a while for mine! Plus after the smart meter installation, I got slightly frustrated that it didn’t go online straight away. After installation, the engineer couldn’t get it to connect. It was resolved quickly by Octopus but it did take a few weeks for the meter readings to be switched over. The engineer submits the old readings and they have to in turn be updated in the central system along with my new meter number. So even after having the meter installed there is a further wait. Octopus suggests 14 days but in my experience, it was slightly longer. So you have to be prepared for a wait!
Once your meter is sending half-hourly readings you are ready to be switched over to the Octopus Go tariff! Moving across from my Octopus fixed rate was relatively pain-free.
Waiting for a smart meter and getting half-hourly readings was my main concern. I’m a few days in now and delighted I made the switch. If anything changes I can switch back but so far it’s been a great experience.
If you are a new Octopus Energy customer you can join Octopus and you will get a £50 credit. You can then request a smart meter whilst on an interim tariff before requesting the switch to the Octopus Go tor Go faster tariff. Just remember there will be a wait!
Octopus Go review – Compare Octopus Go v Octopus Agile.
Compare Octopus tariffs for an EV.
Octopus Go doesn’t really require that much thought, it’s a plug-and-go solution. Historically in 2020, you would have saved more with Octopus Agile but at the moment if you don’t have solar export and are on Octopus Agile sadly in 2022 this is no longer the case.
You can compare Octopus EV tariffs to both EDF and British Gas here.
This app also allows you to compare Octopus Energy tariffs to find out which tariff is best for you based on your own energy consumption. (find this in the app store here)
“What a great app. Many Octopus Energy customers want to compare energy tariffs, most commonly Agile against Go. This nails it, easy to set up and use. Clear outputs and summaries.”
If you are on the fence between the two tariffs just take a look at tomorrow’s average cost per kWh. You can read my full review Go v Agile.
Went back to @octopus_energy go tariff just over a month ago as couldn’t get the agile tariff to add up without battery storage! Big difference being able to seamlessly move back without any stress 🙌🏻 thanks @octopus_energy pic.twitter.com/JQkr1GALmj
— Ross Mckenzie #killakilowatt (@Ross1mckenzie) May 21, 2021
Octopus Agile tariff price on Saturday 21st May 2022
Min: 16.8p per kWh (02.30)
Max: 35.0p per kWh (17.00)
Average: 25.7p per kWh.
Av. Excluding Peak times: 24.3p per kWh
Cheapest 4hrs: 18.1p per kWh
Peak Time 1600 – 1900: 34.9p per kWh.
The prices are based on national average prices per kWh.
Thanks to @energystatsuk for the daily figures.
Octopus Agile Tariff Pricing
I have listed the cheapest 4-hour energy slots over the last 7 days. Plus the average daily price per kWh.
|Octopus Agile Tariff.||Cheapest 4 hours.||Average price kWh||Cheapest price 30 minutes.|
|National Average Price of Energy.||Energy Price||Energy Price.||Energy Price.|
|Average price per kWh over 7 days.||26.05p per kWh|
|Saturday 21/05/22||18.1p per kWh.||25.7p per kWh.||16.8p per kWh.(02.30)|
|Friday 20/05/22||19.8p per kWh.||27.1p per kWh.||18.2p per kWh.(05.00)|
|Thursday 19/05/22||17.0p per kWh.||25.4p per kWh.||15.7p per kWh.(03.30)|
|Wednesday 19/05/22||23.0p per kWh.||27.6p per kWh.||17.9p per kWh.(22.30)|
|Tuesday 17/05/22||21.7p per kWh.||27.9p per kWh.||20.2p per kWh.(22.30)|
|Monday 16/05/22||18.3p per kWh.||25.3p per kWh.||17.0p per kWh (04.30)|
|Sunday 15/05/22||16.3p per kWh.||24.0p per kWh.||13.3p per kWh (22.30)|
This is a quote for the Octopus Go tariff from 20th May 2022. It may vary depending on your geographical location in the UK.
Tip: Octopus Energy EV customers can get a big discount on the Ohme Car charger which works well with the Octopus smart tariffs. Instead of £400, customers pay currently £199. You can also get an Ohme wall discounted with a government grant.
Before opting for the Octopus GO tariff you should weigh up if you could save even more money by getting creative with the Intelligent Octopus tariff. If you own a Tesla you can sign up now. This is the tariff I am on. You can read experience switching to the Intelligent tariff in my recent blog.