Introducing Intelligent Octopus Flux

Get smart with your solar and storage to get your fill and reduce your bill.

The next generation Flux tariff, designed exclusively for solar and battery owners: import and export for a great price while we optimise your solar to help the grid.

Interested? You'll need to:

  1. Be on an Octopus Energy export tariff (find out why)
  2. Have solar panels and an eligible battery (right now, a GivEnergy battery; got a different one? Vote for yours to be added next!)
  3. Have an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet

Got questions? Jump straight to our FAQs.

Intelligent Octopus Flux

The smart way to get the most out of your solar and storage

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Charge on the cheap

Intelligent Octopus Flux pairs with your battery to optimise the charging and discharging of your battery to save you money and help balance the grid.

Got a different battery? Vote for yours to be added next!

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More bang for your beams

We’ll export the energy you have stored 
when you’ll make the best return. So you’ll always get the best deal on the sunshine 
you have stored.

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Data at your fingertips

With our handy, hassle-free app, you track what's happening at a glance


Save with smart solar and low import rates

Intelligent Octopus Flux is a smart import and export tariff optimised to give you the best rates for consuming and selling your energy.

Compared to our clever-but-not-quite-as-smart Flux tariff, Intelligent customers could save £100 or more each year.

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Good to know:

  • The same rate for import and export.
  • Import rates are even lower than standard Flux. We’ll make sure your battery charges when the price is lowest and the grid is greenest.
  • A peak rate between 16:00 - 19:00, our optimum time to discharge your battery and export surplus energy back to the grid. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of this.

Here comes the sun

You'll need solar panels and a battery to be eligible for Intelligent Octopus Flux, but we don't need to have been the ones to install them.  If you're in the process of getting them installed, you can still start your switch but you'll need to be up and running for us to complete it.

Don’t have solar panels but want an estimate? Click here to find out more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to be on an export tariff to join?


Getting set up to export your solar power can take a while. You have to get a separate meter number just for your export, which you have to apply for through the wider energy industry. Because we're dealing with third parties, we don't always have control over timescales – it can take around six weeks.

Before you can join Intelligent Octopus Flux this needs to be set up. You can always reach out to our team to get help with this.

What’s the difference between Octopus Flux and Intelligent Octopus Flux?


Intelligent Octopus Flux takes the stress out of scheduling your battery. By giving Octopus control of your battery, we can make sure you get the most from your solar and reduce your net energy costs.

Import rates on Intelligent Octopus Flux are even lower than Octopus Flux, so we’ll make sure your battery charges when the price is lowest and the grid is greenest.

Intelligent Octopus Flux has a peak rate between 16:00 - 19:00, where we will export your surplus energy back to the grid.

How much does Intelligent Octopus Flux cost?


Intelligent Octopus Flux is a smart time-of-use tariff with peak and off-peak pricing, where import and export rates always match.

During the peak period customers will benefit from a high export rate, where the importing rate will also be high.

Outside of the peak period, customers will benefit from a low import rate for their battery and home energy, where the export rate will also be low.

Intelligent Octopus Flux is a variable tariff, which means that the price you pay can rise and fall with the cost of wholesale energy. We'll always give you reasonable notice of any changes to the pricing of flexible tariffs.

What do I need to have to be eligible for this tariff?


You'll need to have:

  • A smart meter providing us with half-hourly readings.
  • A solar system and home battery that we can connect to (Current integrations: GivEnergy).
  • Already be on an import and export tariff (Both with Octopus Energy).
  • An iPhone (iOS v15.0 or later) and/or Android (v7 or later).

What if I don't have a smart meter?


Register your interest for a smart meter here.

Once you've registered your interest, our team will be in contact when we have an appointment in your area.

Please note: though they’re generally suitable for most properties, in some instances we might not be able to install smart meters (e.g. in some really rural areas with poor signal, or in some properties with a communal meter cupboard).

Very occasionally, we are unable to install a smart meter for reasons outside of our control. Situations like this are pretty rare! If we can’t fit a smart meter for you, we’ll be in touch to let you know, and you’ll be free to switch away from us at any time.

Also, if you have a SMETS1 meter it shouldn't need to be upgraded to a second generation SMETS2 meter.

Can I connect more than one battery?


No, not yet. You can only have one battery connected to Intelligent Octopus. If you have a second battery that isn’t linked to your main battery, you will need to manually control it yourself.

Can I have my Electric Vehicle on Intelligent Octopus as well?


No, currently you are only able to register one device per property.

How does Octopus charge my battery intelligently?


The battery charging is be split into 3 parts:

  1. Day time import: your battery will charge from excess solar, or from the grid if it’s not sunny.
  2. Afternoon export: your battery will discharge to the grid to take advantage of Intelligent Octopus Flux’s high export rates.
  3. Overnight top-up: your battery will be topped up a little overnight, but we’ll be sure to leave room so that you can charge through solar in the day.

Will Intelligent Octopus Flux harm my battery’s life?


Our charging plan won’t impact your battery any more than regular charging. Batteries are pretty hardy and designed to handle this pattern of charging.

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