Ecotricity Tariffs: A Guide

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This guide to Ecotricity tariffs will help you choose the best energy plan for your needs and budget. Ecotricity is arguably the greenest and most ethical energy supplier in the UK. Not only do they offer 100% renewable energy, but also they have 100% green gas and are the only 100% vegan energy supplier. What’s more, they actively campaign against fracking.

Last update: November 2022

If you want the ultimate energy supplier for ethical and environmental peace of mind, you’ve found it with Ecotricity! Their flexible energy tariffs provide ethical energy without a long-term commitment. Join us as we take a closer look.

Ecotricity Tariffs & Prices

The Switch Plan team understands the importance of matching energy consumers to the right tariff.
Below we’ll compare Ecotricity’s various tariffs. All of which offer total flexibility, with no fixed-term commitments or early exit fees. However, your rates are locked in for at least 6 months. All tariffs include 100% renewable electricity with completely carbon-neutral biomethane gas from plant waste. Combined gas and electricity tariffs also include a dual fuel discount of £15 per year.
Unit rates listed are based on UK national averages. Yours may be higher or lower, depending on your location. Estimated annual and monthly costs are based on UK average usage of 2,900.00 kWh of electricity and 12,000.00 kWh of gas per year.

Ecotricity Standard Tariff

Green Electricity & Gas is Ecotricity’s standard tariff for customers with standard credit meters.
You can see unit rates and standing charges for this tariff in the table below:

Below you can find the cost information associated with these tariffs.


Plan name Tariff type Is the tariff live? Average electricity annual cost (£/year) Average gas annual cost (£/year) Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit fees (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Standard Variable £ 2,087.800* £ 2,324.27* £ 4,412.069* £ 0 ✖️
/ Green - Fixed 12 months £ 1,615.967* £ 2,062.32* £ 3,678.283* £ 200 ✔️
/ Green - Variable £ 2,074.249* £ 2,324.27* £ 4,398.518* £ 200 ✔️
/ Green - Prepayment £ 2,054.891* £ 2,342.35* £ 4,397.239* £ 200 ✔️

* Prices vary from one city to another, so we display national averages
* Based on 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year on average
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Including 5% of VAT.


E Energy Variable Rate Tariffs

E Energy currently offers one variable tariff. These tariffs can change based on the market prices but allow for flexible movement between plans as well.

The costs associated with this tariff can be seen here:


Plan name Tariff type Type of fuel Is the tariff live? Standing charge (p/day) Unit rate cost (p/kWh) Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit cost (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Standard Variable Electricity 38.850 p* 67.100 p* £ 2,087.800* £ 0 ✖️
/ Green - Variable Electricity 34.770 p* 67.100 p* £ 2,074.249* £ 200 ✔️
/ Standard Variable Gas 30.190 p* 18.450 p* £ 2,324.27* £ 0 ✖️
/ Green - Variable Gas 30.190 p* 18.450 p* £ 2,324.27* £ 200 ✔️

* Prices vary from one city to another, so we display national averages
* Based on 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year on average
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Including 5% of VAT.


E Energy Prepaid Tariffs

E Energy also has prepayment tariffs. For these tariffs, instead of paying after your consumption, you top up your meter which will then slowly go down the more you consume.

Costs associated with this tariff plan can be seen here:


Plan name Tariff type Type of fuel Is the tariff live? Standing charge (p/day) Unit rate cost (p/kWh) Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit cost (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Green - Prepayment Electricity 29.840 p* 67.100 p* £ 2,054.891* £ 200 ✔️
/ Green - Prepayment Gas 35.140 p* 18.450 p* £ 2,342.35* £ 200 ✔️

* Prices vary from one city to another, so we display national averages
* Based on 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year on average
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Including 5% of VAT.


E Energy Economy 7 Tariffs

E Energy provides the opportunity for economy 7 deals as well for those with an economy 7 meter.

As mentioned previously, these tariffs have two separate unit rates, one for peak hours of consumption and another for off-peak.

Pricing on these tariffs can be seen here:


Plan name Tariff type Type of fuel Is the tariff live? Standing charge (p/day) Day Rate (p/kWh)* Night Rate (p/kWh)p* Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit cost (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Economy 7 - Standard Variable Economy 7 38.850 p* 67.100 p* 17.470 p* £ 1,483.306* £ 0 ✖️
/ Economy 7 - Fixed 12 months Economy 7 32.180 p* 67.100 p* 35.600 p* £ 1,679.767* £ 200 ✖️
/ Economy 7 - Green fixed 12 Economy 7 34.140 p* 67.100 p* 14.500 p* £ 1,429.928* £ 0 ✔️
/ Economy 7 - Prepayment Economy 7 31.830 p* 67.100 p* 15.190 p* £ 1,429.895* £ 0 ✔️

* Prices vary from one city to another, so we display national averages
* Based on 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year on average
* Assuming the average Economy 7 tariff user consumes around 58% of his energy on peak and 42% off peak.
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Ecotricity Bills: What is the average bill?

Most UK households have single-rate standard credit meters. If we assume that they pay the UK median average energy rates and have average usage of 2,900 kWh of electricity and 12,000 kWh of gas, we can use this to work out the average bill with Ecotricity.
With their standard tariff, this will be approximately £124 per month, or £1,488 per year. Admittedly, this is higher than the average bill. But many believe that an energy plan that is 100% renewable and highly ethical is worth paying a little extra for.

Has Ecotricity raised its prices in 2021?

While energy costs are locked in for 6 months from the time of signing up, all of their tariffs are nonetheless variable. As such, their rates have risen as of April 2021 when wholesale energy costs rose to pre-pandemic levels and the Ofgem Energy Price Cap was raised from £1,042 to £1,138 per year.

Ecotricity Green Energy & Smart Export Guarantee

There are lots of green energy suppliers on the market today. But for those who want the greenest of the green, Ecotricity is an excellent choice. Here we’ll take a look at what makes Ecotricity so green.

Ecotricity Fuel Mix

Ecotricity’s energy fuel mix is 100% renewable. If we break down where their energy comes from, we can see that:

  • 55.82% comes from offshore wind
  • 41.6% comes from onshore wind
  • 2.07% comes from hydropower
  • 0.51% comes from solar

We can expect to see solar power play a larger role in Ecotricity’s energy fuel mix in future after their Smart Export Tariff is launched (more on that shortly).

Green Electricity

As we can see, Ecotricity’s electricity is 100% green, from renewable sources with no fossil fuels or carbon emissions whatsoever.

Green Gas

1% of Ecotricity’s gas is generated in their green gas mills. This is where plant and farm waste are broken down to generate 100% renewable biomethane. None of this comes from animals, which is why Ecotricity is the only supplier that is approved by The Vegan Society.
The remaining gas is natural gas that is carbon offset by investing in carbon reduction schemes all over the world. Ecotricity is working hard to combat fracking and reduce its reliance on finite natural gas with more production of green biomethane.

Ecotricity Smart Export Guarantee scheme rates

If you have solar panels and generate your own green energy, you can get paid by your energy supplier for whatever unused energy you feed back into the grid. This was once done under Feed in Tariffs which have been replaced by the Smart Export Guarantee as of 2019.
According to Ecotricity’s website, they are not yet set up to offer payments under the Smart Export Guarantee. However, they promise that their Smart Export Tariff is coming soon:
“Once the SET is ready we’ll be offering a generous payment for every kilowatt hour of energy you export to the grid.”

Ecotricity business tariffs

If you run your own business and want a green energy scheme that’s tailored to your needs, you’ll be happy to learn that Ecotricity also provides business energy tariffs to enterprises of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a microbusiness, an SME or a large enterprise-level company, they provide energy plans that are tailored to your needs. They also boast energy plans specifically suited to the needs of property developers.
Commercial energy plans are made to measure, and as such are not listed on Ecotricity’s website. Your rates will vary depending on your location(s), the size of your company, how much energy you use, and your peak energy load hours.
You can apply for an Ecotricity business tariff by clicking here.

Let Switch-Plan find the perfect green energy tariff for you
If you think Ecotricity may be the supplier for you, or you want to explore your green energy options, the Switch-Plan team are here to help. We’ll carefully match you with the right Ecotricity tariff for your needs and budget. We can even manage your switch for you from end-to-end, bringing you the greenest energy on the market quickly and 100% hassle-free.
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FAQ

How much does Ecotricity charge per kWh?

Unit rates depend on your tariff. You can find Ecotricity’s gas and electricity unit rates per kWh for each tariff listed below:

  • Standard- 22.24p for electricity, 5.23p for gas.
  • Economy 7- 25.62p peak /13.32p off-peak for electricity, 5.23p for gas
  • Prepayment- 16.96p for electricity, 3.02p for gas
  • EV tariff- 16.42p for electricity, 5.23p for gas

What is the Ecotricity standing charge?

Daily standing charges for each Ecotricity tariff are listed below:

  • Standard- 32.42p for electricity, 30.59p for gas.
  • Economy 7- 32.00p for electricity, 30.59p for gas
  • Prepayment- 26.98p for electricity, 34.60p for gas
  • EV tariff- 37.76p for electricity, 30.59p for gas

Does Ecotricity have an exit fee?

No. None of Ecotricity’s tariffs carry an early exit fee. Although they are variable-rate tariffs, your unit rates at the time of signup are locked in for 6 months, insulating you from rising energy costs.

Do Ecotricity offer a Smart Meter?

Yes, Ecotricity exclusively offers SMETS 2 smart meters to customers. These enable you to track your energy usage and protect you from inaccurate energy bills caused by estimated meter readings.

Updated on 10 Nov, 2022

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