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Electricity & Gas in Manchester, Greater Manchester in 2021

Best electricity and gas deals in Manchester

Last updated: September 2021.

Switching energy suppliers isn't just for when you move house, in fact finding the cheapest energy supplier available or a supplier that offers renewable energy might be something you should actively consider. You can, and indeed you should switch suppliers every 12 to 18 months in your current property, to ensure that you aren't being overcharged. No matter how long you have lived in Greater Manchester and stuck with your energy supplier, it's never too late to switch and make savings. In fact, switching energy suppliers has saved some Brits up to £400 a year on their energy bills. Make sure you're one of them!

There are tons of options, you could be looking for the cheapest energy supplier in Manchester or the most renewable energy suppler in Manchester. Nobody is going to be looking for exactly the same thing, which means that it is important to listen to people that know what they're talking about! In this article we break down all the information you may need as a resident of Manchester and how you can find the perfect energy company for you!

Energy in your Manchester district

All the above information varies from one neighborhood to the over. The following pages give you specific information on your energy supply in your very own district of Manchester.

Which energy providers are active in Manchester?

There are a number of energy suppliers available in Manchester, but it may be difficult to figure out which one is right for you. Let us break down the suppliers that you can choose from now that you're getting settled and hoping to keep surprises on your energy bill to a minimum. We break down below the most popular, cheapest and most reliable suppliers in Manchester!

Cheapest energy companies in Manchester

We've created a list to help you identify the cheapest tariff plan that is right for you, the list displays the cheapest standard variable tariffs in the UK, which have a great chance of being available in Manchester.

See the pricing comparison below, which consists of the yearly electricity and gas costs as well as the annual average total costs for each supplier:

Supplier Name Standard Variable Tariff Name Electricity Average Annual Cost Gas Average Annual Cost Annual Average Total Costs
AVRO Simple Energy 540.297 446.543 986.839
Outfox the Market One Green Flex 640.214 456.971 1,097.184
Orbit Energy 5% OFF 4 LIFE 588.581 444.185 1,032.765
Igloo Energy Igloo Pioneer 595.576 17.820 1074.333

There are an array of great energy suppliers and the best one for you will be based on your needs and requirements. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any queries related to your current or future energy supply. Our experts will be glad to help you! You can reach them at 0330 818 6224.

Which energy companies are the most popular in Manchester?

The most popular energy provider in North West is British Gas, and indeed in most of Greater Manchester notably in the county's biggest cities such as Manchester, Bolton and Oldham. However just because British Gas is the most popular provider in Manchester, does not mean that they are the most suitable supplier for you given your needs. It is important to remember that you are free to change your energy supplier at any time and if you have been supplied energy by British Gas for a long time now, it is likely that you are overpaying. Comparing energy plans and providers can help you make some considerable savings on your energy bills. At Switch Plan our experts can help you find a better deal by switching providers and as a Mancunian you could save up to £400 pounds by switching with us. It is completely free and just takes a quick phone call to get started. tens of thousands of households in Manchester are able to switch from one energy plan to a cheaper one in order to start to make impactful savings.

To discover the tariffs of some of the main suppliers in Manchester, visit our dedicated pages by clicking on the links below:

Common questions regarding energy in Greater Manchester

Can you generate your own energy in Manchester?

Generating your own power in Manchester might be possible for many homeowners that can implement solar panels or even a personal wind turbine, but it will depend partly on the type of property that you have. Some residents, such as those staying in apartment complexes, might have a difficult time generating their own energy because of their living situation.

Why did my energy bill go up after I moved to Manchester?

The total of your energy bill in Manchester is made up of a combination of variables, not just the amount of energy that you use there are other factors such as your location that can actually drive up the cost of your energy. As a result, even if every other variable regarding your energy use is consistent, simply moving to certain regions of the UK could see your energy bill rise because simply of its location.

Is it expensive to switch energy suppliers in Manchester?

It may depend on the contract that you are in with your current supplier in Manchester, because some tariff contracts include exit fees that you will have to pay if you want to switch suppliers before the contract is close to expiring. If you are not in a fixed contract that has an exit fee, you can switch for free whenever you'd like.

How to make your energy bill cheaper in Manchester

Now that you've moved to Manchester you may be wondering how you can keep costs down, after all, moving can be quite costly. One of the easiest ways that you can cut costs is through some energy-saving tips and tricks that could lead to significant savings over time.

For your convenience, we've developed a shortlist of our favourite life hacks for reducing your bill.

  • Convert to an Economy 7 Meter: E7 Meters offer cheaper electricity rates at off-peak times like at night, so if that's when you use the most power you could save a lot!
  • Check your new home's EPC rating. This will tell you how energy efficient your home is, if it is low, then you could consider installing additional insulation or double-paned windows which allow less heat to escape.
  • Cut down on your consumption; if you can hang dry clothes rather than use the dryer, only turn on the aircon when you need it, and unplug items when you aren't using them.
  • Confirm that you are using energy-efficient home appliances, regularly used items like refrigerators, washers and dryers should have a high-efficiency rating. Upgrading these appliances may be expensive, but the savings will be noticeable over time.
  • Install energy-saving lightbulbs.
  • Don't crank up the heat, even if it is cold outside.

Manchester’s energy distribution network operators for gas & electricity

Distribution network operators (DNOs) for gas and electricity provide the necessary maintenance on the energy infrastructure throughout the UK. These are the people that respond to ensure gas lines are appropriately maintained and ensure that powerlines are supported with the right amount of care. Knowing who the DNOs in Manchester can be very helpful in a pinch.

Who to contact during a power outage in Manchester

If you are unfortunate enough to be experiencing a power cut in Manchester there are few things to remember. The first step is to check whether it is just in your house or the neighbourhood. If your fuse box has tripped, you should be able to notice which switch has gone and flick it back on. If this doesn’t work, it is likely that there is a power cut in Manchester or maybe even Greater Manchester. If the power cut is in your area you can call your Distribution Network Operator at 0800 195 4141 and let them know. For your information, In Manchester, your local DNO is Electricity North West. Once they have been warned or once they find out, they will send off a team to help resolve the issue. This shouldn’t take too long, but obviously, that depends on the cause of the power cut. Try to keep a flashlight and some candles in your house just in case, they might come in handy!

Contact information for the energy distributors of Manchester

Mancunians can reach out to Greater Manchester's local gas or electricity distributors to discuss the following topics:

  • Power shortage
  • Connections
  • Safety regulations
  • Job opportunities
  • Innovations

If you want to contact your energy distributors by phone, below is a table with their opening hours and telephone numbers in case of an emergency related to your energy supply.

Distributor Number opening hours Telephone number
Greater Manchester Electricity North West Emergency Number 24/7 105
Greater Manchester Electricity North West Non-Emergency Number Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 0800 195 4141
Greater Manchester Cadent Gas Emergency Number 24/7 0800 111 999
Greater Manchester Cadent Gas Non-Emergency Number Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 0345 835 1111

Getting power to your new home in Manchester

Welcome to Manchester!

As a new resident of Manchester you will now be one of 507,965 Mancunians. Currently there are 205,449 households in Manchester, with an average of 2.47 people per household. This makes Manchester the 6th largest city in the UK. Manchester may seem like a big or small city to you, depending on where you have moved from, but you will get familiarised with it quicker than you expect. In case you aren't familiar, Manchester is part of Greater Manchester, which has a population of 2676240. Now that you are getting settled in Manchester, you will have to think about powering up your new home, and whether it be by transferring your old supplier over to your new property or switching to a new supplier, we can help!

Moving to Greater Manchester? Who you'll need to contact as soon as possible.

Before moving to your new home, or even if you have already moved, don’t forget to contact the following local places to inform them of your move and change of address. You don’t want all your mail being sent to your old address.

  • Broadband and phone providers
  • Bank
  • DVLA to change the address on your driving license.
  • Energy suppliers
  • TV licensing authority
  • Local council and electoral roll

It is also a good idea to get your mail forwarded to your new address. To do this, you can visit your local post office and ask them to forward your post to your new address in Greater Manchester.

Transferring your current supplier to your new home in Manchester.

If you want to carry over your energy supplier to your new property, you may find out that it is actually not an option. As a result of every property having unique energy requirements, your old tariff might not be compatible. This is why it is important to consider switching energy suppliers when you are moving homes, it ensures you are getting the optimal energy supplier for your home and getting the best deal possible. Remaining with the same supplier could mean that you are losing energy efficiency and paying more for your energy than you need to.

However, if you still want to transfer over your energy supply from your previous property, before doing so be sure to check the following:

  • What fuels your new home in Manchester runs on and whether you can get a dual fuel tariff and discount.
  • If the energy meter in your new property works with your old tariff. *If your tariff is available in Greater Manchester.

On the off chance that you are committed to staying with the same supplier that powered your previous household, it is important to give them a call to warn them that you are moving to Manchester and provide them with your new address. However before making a final choice the energy experts at Switch Plan recommend that you give a quick call to 0330 818 6224to discuss your options.

Once you have checked all of this you can contact your energy supplier in Manchester and they will manage the change of address for you. Ensure you have your new postcode and address ready so they can update your information and provide energy to your new address.

What is the process to connect to the Manchester energy grid?

It is likely that your new home in Manchester is already connected to the grid and has an energy supply. However, if for some reason it does not, for example, if it is a newly built property, you will need to make sure it has a connection to the grid .

  • Call the NGET (National Grid Energy Transmission) at 0800 688 588 to arrange a pre-application meeting. This meeting covers everything needed to arrange the grid connection. This will be about all the work that will need to be done, the time it will take and the cost.
  • The application forms for the ESO (Electricity Systems Operator). There will be an admin cost when submitting them.
  • A team will visit your residence to offer you a quote.
  • Construction will begin to establish your access to the national power grid, this can require some considerable time depending on the nature of your new property.
  • Once the connection to the grid is established, you should contact your newly selected energy supplier who will reach out to the regional DNO, $distribution_network_operator, who will start the flow of energy to your property.

Ensure that you plan this ahead of time, as the process of connecting to the grid in Manchester can take some time. You surely don’t want to move to your new home before having set up this connection.

How can Switch Plan can aid in your move to Manchester?

Moving can be a stressful period in your life, especially if it's to a new city that you are not 100% familiar with. To help as much as we can we have prepared this step by step list to ensure you will have energy provided to your new home in Manchester.

  • Before moving to your new home in Greater Manchester, the / largest county in the UK, you will need to cancel your current energy plan. It is important to let your supplier know when you will be moving to ensure that you are not charged for any energy that you did not use. On the off chance that you have forgotten who your current energy supplier is, you can visit the Ofgem website to find out. Or you can contact Manchester’s distribution network operator, Electricity North West at 0800 195 4141.
  • When you arrive at your new home, make sure to take a meter reading, to ensure you are not paying for the energy consumption of the property's previous tenants.
  • Give some thought to the energy requirements of your new home & benchmark competitors. We advise that before you pick up the phone to give us a ring, to have a think about what you are looking for from an energy supplier. Are you looking for a green energy tariff or a cheaper plan? Give some thought to what you may want so that the experts at Switch Plan can provide you with it. If you do not change suppliers you will likely end up on a deemed contract, therefore you are better off to consider switching or at least renewing with that supplier with a proper contract.

At Switch Plan, we can assist you with setting up your new energy supply. Simply give us a call at 0330 818 6224. We can switch your energy supply to a new provider completely free of charge.

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