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British Gas in Birmingham in 2021

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Everything about British Gas and what they offer customers of Birmingham

Last update: September 2021

Whether you're moving to Birmingham or if you've already been a proud Birminghamian inhabitant for several years, we're here to help you get the best energy deal available. On this page we've outlined all the information you need about switching over to British Gas in West Midlands.

British Gas is the largest energy supplier in the UK and has been since 1986. They have a pretty big range of tariffs available; from dual fuel to green energy. So, if you want to join the 13 million others who are currently fuelled by British Gas when you move over to Birmingham, you've come to the right place.

Energy consumption in Birmingham

Who is the typical supplier of energy to the households of Birmingham?"

The largest energy supplier in Birmingham, West Midlands, and West Midlands is British Gas. This is driven by customer loyalty of to British Gas in the counties’ most populous cities such as Birmingham, Coventry and Sutton Coldfield.

Choosing your energy supplier is your decision , however our experts at Switch Plan are always here to help you find out any information you might need. If you are having any doubts, go on and give our experts a call at the number on the top of this screen.

What's the typical price per kWh in Birmingham?

British Gas customers in Birmingham pay an average price of 23.191 p per kWh (plus a daily Standing Charge of 23.191 p). This price reflects the standard variable tariff. We will let you compare this to the local average of consumption per kWh which is 10.38 p per kWh. An average price that is actually 2.44% less than the national average.

Typology of Birmingham housing (type of housing + heating)

How are the houses built in Birmingham? Well, the 2.59 inhabitants of Birmingham usually have houses build as such:

  • Central Heating: 39901 people do not have central heating in their homes. The ratio for this would be ratio_no_central_heating per household.
  • Electric Central Heating: Out of the people that live in Birmingham, $City. electric_central_heating of them have electric central heating in their homes. The ratio for this would be 24.11% per household.
  • Gas Central heating: Out of the 409,110 households that are located in Birmingham, 112448 of them have gas central heating. The ratio for this would be ratio_gas_central_heating per household.
  • Oil Central Heating: Out of the people living in Birmingham, 158132 have oil central heating systems. The ratio for this would be 38.65%.

What’s the average consumption in West Midlands?

According to 2018 Government data, we are able to estimate that the average Birminghamian household consumes 3,429.70 kWh a year. The median consumption of that same household would be 3,001.77 kWh.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does British Gas propose smart energy meters?

Of course. And they’re free to install as part of the government’s 2020 smart meter rollout. Just like the cost of the meters you have now or any cost of delivering energy to you, all form part of your bill. So, having a smart meter won't cost any more than your current meter.

How much does 1 kWh cost on average with British Gas?

On average 1 kWh for British Gas rings out to be 16.66 p.

Who are Birmingham's local gas & electricity distributors?

Two companies are responsible for distributing energy throughout the country. There are the District Network Operator and your local Gas distributor. If there is ever a problem, with your energy supply, it is best to contact us or your supplier first. However, in this section, we will provide you with the information you need in order to get in touch with them if you need it.

How do I ring Birmingham's energy distributors?

Our table below provides all the information you need in order to get in contact with your you Distribution network providers in Birmingham. If you need updated information about your energy distributor, then you should ring your Distribution Network Provider, or DNP, to find out more information. Our table below provides you with all the information you need for Birmingham.

Company Name Company Number
West Midlands Cadent Gas Number
0345 835 1111
West Midlands Western Power Distribution General Number
0800 096 3080
West Midlands Western Power Distribution Emergency Number
0800 6783 105

Who distributes electricity to Birminghamians?

Here we have laid out all the contact details you'll need should you need to get in touch with your DNO (Distribution Network Operator). Birminghamians can ring up their local West Midlands DNO in case of an emergency, or simply should they need some up-to-date information about energy in Birmingham.

In West Midlands, Western Power Distribution is in charge of local electricity distribution while Cadent Gas distributes gas.

What to do in case of a power cut in Birmingham?

Power cuts don't happen as often as they used to, but the first tip we can give you is not to panic. It will be only a matter of time until the power is turned back on. Afterall, an old fashioned game of cards with friends or family might be fun once in a while. If you are wondering what to do in a power cut, we offer an extensive guide in our article here: What to do in a Power Cut. However, for the purposes of this section, we will explain some tips to be aware of when experiencing a power cut:

  • Don't open the fridge. Frozen and refrigerated food can defrost to dangerous temperatures.
  • Don’t flush the toilet or take a shower. Believe it or not, your plumbing uses electricity and can easily get backed up if used during a power outage.

British Gas tariffs vs the rest of the Birmingham market

British Gas is the leading supplier in the country, nevertheless it is not the cheapest neither on a national level nor on a West Midlands level. Judging from some customer reviews, many historial customers actually left because they were dissatisfied with British Gas prices. Nevertheless with an every changing price range, and a large amount of available tariffs, there is definitly some good opportunities to seize with British Gas.

So, this is how British Gas compares to the market. Step 1: Gather some info Some key information our experts will need to better estimate your consumption habits and guide you knowingly to the best options available: * Your postal code * A recent energy bill received within the last 90 days * Your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN)

Step 2: Call Switch Plan Pick up your phone and call us on switched energy suppliers.

How can I contact British Gas in Birmingham?

It's always hard to give real meaning to these estimated yearly budget since only a few of us have a consolidated idea of the money we actually put in our energy bills. It's therefore really interesting to challenge these prices to on of the driving indicators of the industry: the Energy Price Cap. The price cap limits the rates a supplier can charge for their default tariffs. These include the standing charge and price for each kWh of electricity and gas (the units your bill is calculated from). Ofgem sets the cap level for summer and winter based on the underlying costs to supply energy. This keeps prices fair and makes sure suppliers reflect any drops in costs in your rates.

Though this figure is established on a national level it is far from being unique. Indeed in its will to stay as close as possible to the fair price, Ofgem take local cost into consideration providing a specific EPC for each region of the country. Same goes from the different type of calculation and pricing tariffs that all have a different indicator.

Please find bellow the latest value of the Price Cap for your West Midlands as it stands from the 1st of October 2021 to the 31st of March 2022 (based on the TDCV consumption estimations: 12,000 kWh for Gas, 2,900 kWh for Electricity).

Fuel Type Standard Credit Price Cap Prepayment Price Cap Other Payment Methods Price Cap
Electricity £ 695.7287097 £ 655.11 £ 650.3296774
Gas £ 594.2 £ 577.85 £ 553.32

In this second table you will find the Energy Price Cap for E7 tariffs. These values have been separated because these are based on a different TDCV: 4,200 kWh (vs 2,900 kWh). Indeed E7 customers tend to consume more than their one-rate tariff counterpart.

Fuel Type Standard Credit Price Cap Prepayment Price Cap Other Payment Methods Price Cap
Electricity £ 919.68 £ 866.88 £ 862.52

What rates and tariffs does British Gas offer?

British gas offers a wide variety of tariffs to their customers: they offer four fixed tariffs, one variable tariff, and one prepay tariff. In addition, they offer dual energy, single electricity, and single gas plans. How to decide which tariff is best for you depends on many factors like your energy usage and location, for example.

At Switch Plan, we understand that choosing the right energy supplier can be confusing. That is why we are here to help. We can help you find a tariff that best suits you needs, all you have to do is give us a call at the number on the top of the screen!

Does British Gas offer Economy 7 tariffs in Birmingham?

British Gas offers a specific Economy 7 tariffs to their customers. Their dual rate is £18.85 per kWh during the day and £10.83 during the night. Check out the table below to find more information regarding Economy 7 tariffs and British Gas in Birmingham.

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price (direct debit)

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge (direct debit)

 

price/kWh
Unit Price (cash payment)

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge (cash payment)

 

price/day
Standard Variable Variable
16.66 p
23.191 p
17.549 p
27.479 p
Energy with Boiler Cover 18 months fixed
16.66 p
22.708 p
17.549 p
26.996 p
Green Future 24 months fixed
16.66 p
27.365 p
17.549 p
31.653 p
Electric Drivers Energy Plan 18 months fixed
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Home Energy Secure 24 months fixed
16.66 p
22.669 p
17.549 p
26.957 p
Safeguard PAYG Variable
16.48 p
27.53 p
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British Gas Electricity Plans in Birmingham

In the table below, you will find the electricity rates that British Gas offers:

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price (direct debit)

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge (direct debit)

 

price/kWh
Unit Price (cash payment)

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge (cash payment)

 

price/day
Standard Variable Variable
16.66 p
23.191 p
17.549 p
27.479 p
Energy with Boiler Cover 18 months fixed
16.66 p
22.708 p
17.549 p
26.996 p
Green Future 24 months fixed
16.66 p
27.365 p
17.549 p
31.653 p
Electric Drivers Energy Plan 18 months fixed
/
/
/
/
Home Energy Secure 24 months fixed
16.66 p
22.669 p
17.549 p
26.957 p
Safeguard PAYG Variable
16.48 p
27.53 p
/
/

Green energy by British Gas

British Gas does not produce or sell green energy. Rather, they offset their enegies by buying Renewable Energy Guarentees of Orgin (REGOS). Green energy producers can sell REGOSs separately from their produced energy supply which in turn funds renewable energy projects in the UK. This is how British Gas Provides green energy to their suppliers

The greenest plan that British Gas offers is called ‘Green Future’ which is a fixed tariff and costs a few extra pounds a month. Here is what this plan offers to its customers:

  • 6% of the gas you use is matched by British Gas and sent back to the grid (through REGOs).
  • 94% of the gas you use with Green Future will be offset.
  • 100% of the electricity you use is matched by British Gas and sent back to the grid.
  • 5 trees will be grown in the UK per unit of fuel you use on the Green Future tariff.

What gas tariffs does British gas offer in Birmingham?

In the table below, you will find the Gas Plans that British Gas offers:

Name of the Plan Tariff value Unit Price (direct debit)

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge (direct debit)

 

price/kWh
Unit Price (cash payment)

 

price/kWh
Standing Charge (cash payment)

 

price/day
Standard Variable Variable
3.493 p
23.6 p
3.679 p
27.937 p
Energy with Boiler Cover 18 months fixed
3.227 p
23.47 p
3.404 p
27.889 p
Green Future 24 months fixed
3.227 p
28.127 p
3.404 p
32.546 p
Electric Drivers Energy Plan 18 months fixed
3.493 p
23.6 p
3.679 p
27.937 p
Home Energy Secure 24 months fixed
3.227 p
23.431 p
3.404 p
27.85 p
Safeguard PAYG Variable
3.262 p
34.61 p
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Looking to switch to British Gas in Birmingham?

To begin your switch to British Gas, there are a few things that you need to check off the list beforehand. As the rest of the 409,110 households in Birmingham your energy is measured though a meter. And, as you might have guessed, you can check how much energy you are using by reading your energy meter. Apart from reading your meter, we have created a handy list for you so that when it is time to switch suppliers (which should be often) you will have everything that you need: * Your zip code * Your current energy supplier * Your current tariff * The average cost of your monthly energy usage * Your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) * A Energy bill received in the past 3 months.

Once you've gathered this information, you are ready to switch. At Switch Plan can’t help you switch to British Gas, but we offer an array of suppliers to choose from; including British Gas. So, let us help you switch energy suppliers. Alll you need to do is give us a call at 0330 054 0018

For more information on how to switch energy suppliers, check out our guide here: switch energy suppliers.

What do British Gas’ customers say about them?

Reviews are everything when it comes to learning about British Gas. As a matter of fact, British gas seems to receive mixed reviews when it comes to customer service. However, they do have quite a loyal customer base : 14 percent of their customers have been with the supplier for over 20 years. So, what do their customers think about British Gas? Well, according to 47,609 reviews from Trustpilot, this is what people think about British Gas: * 22,435 (47%) were rated “Excellent” * 7,387 (16%) were rated “Great” * 3,775 (8%) were rated “Average” * 2,666 (6%) were rated “Poor" * 11,346 (24%) were rated “Bad".

If you would like to know additional information about British Gas, we have an article on British Gas reviews so that you get all the information that you need.

What are British Gas's contact numbers in Birmingham?

It is quite easy to contact British Gas. If you are already a customer of British Gas, you can ring their customer service line at 0333 202 9802. The also have an app where customers can submit meter readings, book a utility service, paying your bills, etc.

However, if your looking how to switch energy suppliers or would like to know about more option when switching, then go on and give our experts a call at Switch Plan at 0330 054 0018

Type of Enquiry Number to contact General Enquiries
Enquiries that you may have regarding your existing account, such as querying a bill or changing the way you pay your bills.
0333 202 9802

Open from 8am to 8pm during the week, 8am to 6pm on Saturday, 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Top up plans
For all queries related to Pay As You Go billing: topping up, changing from pay as you go to direct debit and using emergency credit.
0330 100 0303

8am to 8pm during the week, 8am to 6pm on Saturday. Complaints
If you have a complaint that you would like resolved or acknowledged by British Gas.
0333 202 9532

8am to 8pm during the week, 8am to 6pm on Saturday

Or send an email to: customercomplaints@britishgas.co.uk Complaints Pay As You Go
Complaints specifically related to Pay As You Go tariffs.
0333 202 9433

8am to 8pm during the week, 8am to 6pm on Saturday British Gas Home Services complaints
Complaints number and address that are separate from the complaints service for gas and electricity customers
0333 200 8899

24 hours a day, seven days a week British Gas HomeCare
Cover for any breakdowns or repairs needed for your boiler and central heating system, as well as annual servicing and even electrical appliance repairs.
020 3936 0059

24 hours a day, seven days a week Urgent breakdown
0333 200 8899

24 hours a day, seven days a week Less urgent one-off repairs
0333 202 9799

8am to 8pm during the week, 8am to 6pm on Saturday British Gas boilers
Buying, installing or replacing a British Gas boiler
0333 202 9450

Monday to Friday from 8am-8pm or Saturday from 8am-6pm New home set up
Number to call to help you set up your new home if you want to continue to receive your energy from British Gas
0333 202 9802
New customer
If you're not a British Gas customer but you want to find out more about their energy tariffs
0333 202 9505

8am to 8pm during the week, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays Business energy - New customer
To get a quote to potentially switch your business energy to British Gas
0333 414 5739
Business energy - General enquiries
If you currently use British Gas Business to supply energy to your company premises and you want to speak to someone about your business energy account
0333 331 0576

Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm or Saturday from 9am-1pm

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