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British Gas in Solihull in 2021

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Who are British Gas, and what's on offer for their Solihull customers?

Last Update: September 2021

British Gas is the oldest supplier in the UK and supplies energy to a whopping 13 million people. They have survived nearly 200 years and have operated under different names such as Gas Light and Coke Company or the British Gas Corporation. So, are you thinking about switching to British Gas in Solihull or West Midlands?

Well, if so, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will cover all that you need to know; British Gas’ tariffs, customer reviews, and more. Let 's begin.

British Gas tariffs vs the rest of the Solihull market

British Gas is part of the Big 6 suppliers. These juggernauts are famour for their size and historical domination of the British energy market but not for their low prices. Nevertheless, there are some great opportunities to make on some British Gas tariff if you hit at the right place at the right time.

Let's see how these compare to the rest of the market.

British Gas vs the Energy Price Cap

In January 2019 default tariff energy prices in the UK were capped for the first time by the energy regulator, Ofgem. The energy price cap limits the amount energy companies can charge customers who are on default tariffs, including standard variable tariffs, and customers who use prepayment meters. Indeed, there isn't just one cap. There are actually many caps covering the many different situation of British energy consumers. * The first bias is location. Indeed to mirror the discrepancies of energy production and energy distribution costs across the country, Ofgem defines a different price cap for each region of the country. The table bellow will therefore give you the Price Cap for West Midlands. * The second biais is the kind of tariff you are on. Indeed there is are 3 prices caps for single-rate tariffs and 3 for double rate (or E7 tariffs. You will discover all of them bellow.

Here are the latest values of the Price Cap for West Midlands. These have been recently announced and are effective from October 1st 2021 to March 31st 2022.

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
E7 Electricity £ 919.68 £ 866.88 £ 862.52
* Based on the TDCV, the average yearly consumption calculated by Ofgem, currently established at 2,900 kWh for Eletricity and 12,000 kWh for Gas. Based on the E7 TDCV which currently stands at 4,200 kWh.

Gas and electricity local distribution for Solihull inhabitants

In the UK, there are two organisations that are responsible for supplying energy to your home. Energy in the UK is distributed by the District Network Operator and the Gas Distributors. In this section, we will explain how to contact them.

What should I do in case of a power cut?

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.

Who distributes electricity in Solihull?

Who is responsible for distributing the electricity in Solihull? Your local District Network Operator (DNO). Near you, you DNO is Western Power Distribution.

If you would like to know more about your DNO, Check out our guide here: District Network Operator (DNO).

How can I contact my energy distributors in Solihull?

Our table below provides all the information you need in order to get in contact with your you Distribution network providers in Solihull. 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 Solihull.

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

Power consumption in Solihull

How are the houses built in Solihull?

How are the houses built in Solihull? Well, the 2.42 inhabitants of Solihull usually have houses build as such:

  • Central Heating: 13034 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 Solihull, $City. electric_central_heating of them have electric central heating in their homes. The ratio for this would be 28.54% per household.
  • Gas Central heating: Out of the 43,278 households that are located in Solihull, 8626 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 Solihull, 9265 have oil central heating systems. The ratio for this would be 21.41%.

What’s the average price per kWh in Solihull and how does it compare?

The average price per kWh for British Gas’ standard variable tariff is 16.66 p per kWh with a standing charge of 23.191 p per day. In comparison the local average price per kWh is 10.38 p per kWh. An average price in Solihull that is actually 2.44% less than the national average.

What's the typical energy usage in West Midlands?

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

Who is the main supplier of energy to the inhabitants Solihull?

British Gas is the main energy provider in West Midlands and in much of West Midlands. Henceforth, many Solihull inhabitants have stuck with British Gas despite being free to change at any time! Solihull dwellers can make substantial savings on energy related expenses by switching their current providers, such as people from more populated cities such as: Birmingham, Coventry and Sutton Coldfield.

Looking to switch to British Gas in Solihull?

You may have just moved to Solihull, the 4th biggest city of your West Midlands or you are simply fed up of overpaying for your energy. Whatever the reason, switching is way easier than it seems. Especially if you trust your devoted Switch Plan friends with your switch. Three steps to this very simple process:

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 get in touch with British Gas in Solihull?

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

How is British Gas’ customer service?

Customer service is definitely one of the factors that you should be looking into when switching energy suppliers. At Switch Plan, we believe it is important for our customers to know what the British Gas reviews are. As a matter of fact, most of British Gas’ customers are very loyal to the supplier: 14 percent of their customers have been with the supplier for over 20 years. And, according to Truspilot, this is what 47,609 customers 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 more information about British Gas, we have an extensive article on British Gas reviews so that you get all the information that you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Does British Gas supply smart energy meters?

British Gas installs and operates smart meters of 2nd generation. All you need to do is ring them to set up an installation appointment.

What rates and tariffs does British Gas offer?

One of the main benefits of switching to a large supplier like British Gas is that they offer a wide range of tariffs to choose from. In fact, they offer four fixed tariffs, one variable tariffs, and one prepay tariff. They also offer plans for dual energy, single electricity, and single gas plans. Which energy tariff you chose depends on many factors, such as energy usage and location.

Choosing the right supplier can be a complicated process. And that is why we are here! We can help you find a tariff that is catered to your needs in under 20 minutes. All you have to do is give us a call at the number on the top of the screen.

British Gas’ green energy plans in Solihull

British Gas offers green energy tariffs through REGOS, or Renewable Guarantees of Origin . What are they? Well REGOs can are bought by energy suppliers from renewable energy producers. So, by buying Renewables, energy suppliers are indirectly funding the renewable energy sector.

So, British Gas' green plan is called Green Future and it offers:

  • 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.

British Gas' Electricity Plans in Solihull

Here are the single 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
/
/

Gas Plans for British Gas in Solihull

British Gas offers the following gas plans:

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
/
/

Dual Rate Tariffs for British gas in Solihull

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 Solihull.

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
/
/

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