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In this article we present you with the dynamic duo…. gas and electricity. If your home uses both gas and electricity, Dual Fuel Tariffs could save you money. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll automatically get a better deal by comparing your energy plan and switching to a Dual Fuel Tariff. When you’re looking for a new tariff, whether it’s from your energy provider or a new one, you want to ensure that you get the best value for money in line with your use and needs.
Last update: September 2021
Here we’ll take a closer look at Dual Fuel Tariffs, compare different tariffs from a range of suppliers, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about these kinds of tariffs.
So you can make an informed decision for your household.
What is a Dual Fuel Tariff?
A Dual Fuel Tariff is when your gas and electricity are both supplied by the same energy provider. Many people use different suppliers for different utilities, and (quite understandably) suppliers are keen to provide both fuels to their customers. In order to attract as many dual fuel customers as possible providers often offer more attractive benefits and favorable rates.
In terms of service and user experience, you won’t notice any discernible difference whether you’re on a Dual Fuel Tariff or if you are getting your gas and electricity from two seperate suppliers. As a matter of fact, all suppliers distribute the same energy through the same network of wires and pipes through a system called the national grid. The only thing you’ll notice is the difference in price.
This is why it’s so important to find the right supplier and the right tariff for your needs, because the best option may not be an obvious one! At Switch Plan, comparing tariff plans and finding the best suppliers for your needs is our speciality. Our experts are ready to scan the UK energy market for you to make your life easier and save you money. All you have to do is give us a call at the number listed on the top of the page and our 100% free service will take care of everything for you!
Benefits of Dual Fuel Tariffs
Switching to a Dual Fuel Tariff is can be advantageous in a number of ways. The energy market is highly competitive, and suppliers would prefer to provide 100% of their customers’ energy rather than only 50%. As such, a Dual Fuel Tariff plan may be beneficial in the following ways:
- You’re likely to save money through bonus dual fuel discounts
- Suppliers will try to attract you with special promotional rates, saving you money
- You only receive one bill, so it’s more convenient to manage your energy costs
- They’re highly versatile. Most fixed, variable and online tariffs have a dual fuel variant that could save you money
Who is the best Dual Fuel energy supplier?
Virtually all energy suppliers have at least one Dual Fuel Tariff. But finding the best Dual Energy Supplier depends on a number of factors. It depends on where you are in the country, how much gas and electricity you use, what time of the day you are using energy and even the method you use to heat your home.
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Keep in mind that the cheapest supplier isn’t always necessarily the best supplier for you. The quality of customer service you receive from your supplier is also an important factor. The experience you have and the time you waste when you need to contact your energy suppliers for an emergency, or even just a simple question, needs to be considered when choosing the best provider for you.
Dual Fuel Comparison: Comparing tariffs from different suppliers
As mentioned earlier, a majority of energy suppliers offer some sort of dual fuel energy tariff plan. This means that there’s an excellent chance that you can find the right tariff for your needs. However, with so many to choose from, it can be confusing trying to find the right one for you.
For instance below we have compared a few of the most highly rated dual fuel energy plans by showing their average annual costs. These are just a sliver of what is available on the market but they can serve as a benchmark for costs of basic dual fuel tariff plans.
Again, while it may be easy to fall the classic mistake of only comparing prices, we suggest carefully considering the benefits associated with each suppliers dual fuel plans, these benefits can range from discounts on energy to specialty rewards programs.
Here we see the average annual costs of two top performing dual fuel tariff plans:
|Plan||Tariff type||Average electricity annual cost (£/year)||Average gas annual cost (£/year)||Average total annual cost (£/year)|
|People’s Energy Fixed Tariff (12 Month)||12 Month Fixed Rate||£ 715.08*||£ 636.34*||£ 1,351.42*|
|So Energy’s Cherry tariff (12 Month)||12 Month Fixed Rate||£ 992.95*||£ 1,204.17*||£ 2,197.12*|
* Please note that these prices are for indicative purposes only. Indeed, prices are post-code based and can vary significantly from one region to another. Call our our experts to get the most up-to-date prices for your location.
* Based on the Typical Domestic Consumption Values (TDCV) defined by Ofgem. On average: 2,900 kWh of electricity and 12,000 kWh of gas per year.
Rates are inclusive of VAT at 5%.
Exit fees are £0.
Need help switching to a Dual Fuel Tariff? We’re Here To Help
With so many Dual Fuel Tariffs on the market from such a wide range of energy suppliers, you may find that you need a helping hands finding the right one for your needs. Fortunately, we’re here to help!
Not only can we help you to choose the right supplier and find the best tariff for your needs, but we can also help to manage every aspect of your switch to make it easy and stress-free.
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How do I get a Dual Fuel Quote?
Getting a Dual Fuel Quote is easy. Get in touch with us today and we can help you to find a range of quotes to suit your needs. To help us to choose the right tariff options for you, we’ll need to know:
- Your postcode
- Your current supplier and tariff
- How much gas and electricity you currently use / how much you pay
Will a Dual Fuel Tariff always save me money?
Dual Fuel Tariffs often end up being cost effective for customers, as suppliers are keen to secure their loyalty by offering more attractive rates for dual fuel. However, that does not necessarily mean that every Dual Fuel Tariff gives you a better deal than you’re currently getting if you use different suppliers. We can help you to find the right supplier and the right tariff to match your needs and usage.
Which is the best Dual Energy Supplier?
It all depends on where your priorities lie as an energy consumer, your current energy needs, how you heat your home, and when you use the most energy. Keep in mind that the cheapest isn’t always the best, and it’s important to do your due diligence in terms of customer service, flexibility, exit fees etc. when choosing a new provider and tariff.
However, when looking at potential energy savings on dual fuel when compares to the £1,127 energy price cap The People’s Energy Company, Power Shop, and So Energy all come up trumps!
If you can find a tariff that comes in under this price cap you know that you’re getting decent value for money.
Can I switch to a Dual Fuel Tariff if I’m on a Prepaid Meter?
Yes, absolutely. There are a number of suppliers that offer Dual Fuel Tariffs to customers with prepaid meters. Below we’ve listed 3 of the best value Dual Fuel Tariffs from well known suppliers as well as estimated annual cost. These are averaged out across all regions of the UK and based on medium usage. Your experience may vary.
Starting with the cheapest, popular Dual Fuel PAYG Tariffs include:
- Bulb Vari-Fair: £1024
- SSE Standard PAYG: £1065
- E.ON Energy Plan with Prepayment: £1069
- EDF Standard (Variable) Prepayment: £1069
- British Gas Safeguard PAYG: £1069
- Scottish Power Standard Tariff: £1069
- Prepay Total Service Nov21: £1115
Updated on 4 Oct, 2021
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