Utilita tariffs 2021: Compare prices and switch

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Utilita claims to have straight forward pricing and affordable tariffs. Unlike most other energy companies, Utilita’s tariffs are indeed affordable as they do not ask customers to pay a standing daily charge. That means Utilita customers don’t pay anything at all on the days when they don’t consume any energy. Utilita tariffs are also pretty affordable for one of the leading smart energy companies in the UK. Back in 2008, the company installed Britain’s very first smart meter and it still has a good choice of Utilita’s tariffs specifically designed for customers using these digital devices.
Last update: February 2021

If you’re looking for a company with competitive tariffs, good digital tools and a customer centred approach, Utilita may well be on your energy shortlist. To help you decide if this is the right supplier for you, we’re taking an in depth look at Utilitia tariffs for 2021.

Utilita Tariffs and Prices

Utilita offers a choice of tariffs including smart, prepayment, Economy 7 and standard credit options. The cost of the supplier’s tariffs varies from region to region. This means the exact price of your deal will depend on where you live in the UK.

The tariffs available to you will also depend on the type of energy meter you have installed in your home. For example, if you have a prepayment meter, you can only select a Utilita prepayment tariff, while customers with an Economy 7 meter will need to select a tariff that’s specially tailored to their needs.
In some cases, you may be able to switch your existing meter for a different type of meter. This could give you access to a better choice of Utilita tariffs.

Utilita Tariffs

Utilita price changes 2020

In September 2021, Utilita announced that it would be reducing the average cost of its default Smart Energy tariff. This was done in order to bring it in line with a reduction in the Ofgem price cap rate. This price drop will mean customers on this tariff will see an average £79 reduction to their energy bill. The price change came into force on 1st October 2020.

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Utilita Standard Tariff

Utilita offers a wide choice of standard credit tariffs. Its Smart Energy Credit Tariff charges customers an initial ‘First Rate’ for the first 2kWh of energy they use each day, the Saver Rate applies to all subsequent kWh use.

First Rate Saver Rate
Electric 29.273 p/kWh 17.165 p/kWh
Gas 15.821 p/kWh 2.927 p/kWh

Premium Energy Credit works in a similar way. However customers only have to pay the higher rate for the first 1kWh of power they use:

Unit Rate One Unit Rate Two
Electric 47.088 p/kWh 18.082 p/kWh
Gas 33.725 p/kWh 3.085 p/kWh

The Utilita ‘My Time Credit’ tariff is designed for households that have an Economy 10 or any other restricted meter type but not Economy 7. Unit Rate One is collected for the first 1kWh of electricity and the first 2kWh of gas used per day. The Saver Rate applies for the off-peak period of the tariff.
The ‘My Time Basic Credit’ tariff works in a similar way. However customers only pay the higher initial rate for the first 1kWh of energy they use for both gas and electricity.

Unit Rate One Unit Rate Two Off Peak rate
My Time Credit Electric 47.903 p/kWh 23.606 p/kWh 4.730 p/kWh
My Time Credit Gas 15.821 p/kWh 2.927 p/kWh
My Time Basic Credit Electric 54.126 p/kWh 25.039 p/kWh 4.730 p/kWh
My Time Basic Credit Gas 33.725 p/kWh 3.085 p/kWh 4.730 p/kWh

Utilita Prepayment Tariffs

Prepayment tariffs require customers to pay for their energy before they consume it. They’re often used to help prevent households falling into debt to energy companies. They can also be useful if a customer is slowly paying off an existing debt to their supplier.
In general, prepayment tariffs are more expensive than other tariff options. They’re also less convenient as they require customers to top their account up on a regular basis.
Utilita offers a choice of prepayment tariffs. Its Smart Energy Prepayment is designed for customers who have smart meters. Smart meters are a great choice for prepayment customers as they generally allow customers to top up online, or via an app, instead of in person. Utilita’s Smart Energy Prepayment tariffs is:

First Rate Saver Rate Saver Rate
Smart Energy Prepayment Electric 31.087 p/kWh 16.806 p/kWh
Smart Energy Prepayment Gas 20.753 p/kWh 2.800 p/kWh

Utilita also has a Premium Energy Prepayment Tariff. This can be used by households with standard prepayment meters. The tariff has two unit prices. Unit Rate One applies for the first kWh a customer uses each day. Unite Rate Two applies to all subsequent energy consumption.

Unit Rate One Unit Rate Two
Electric 45.642 p/kWh 16.806 p/kWh
Gas 38.979 p/kWh 2.800 p/kWh

The third prepayment tariff Utilita offers is called ‘Freedom Energy Prepayment’. Like the Premium Energy tariff, this tariff has two unit rates. Unit Rate One applies for the first 200kWh of electricity and the first 488kWh of gas a customer uses each month. Unit Rate Two applies to all subsequent energy consumption.

Unit Rate One Unit Rate Two
Electric 21.150 p/kWh 16.806 p/kWh
Gas 5.039 p/kWh 2.800 p/kWh

Finally, Utilita offers two ‘My Time’ prepayment tariffs. These are designed for customers who have an Economy 10 or any other restricted meter type but not Economy 7. Unit Rate One applies for the first kWh of gas or electricity used per day. The Off Peak Rate applies to electricity used at off-peak hours. These are normally during the night.

Fuel Unit Rate One Unit Rate Two Off peak rate
My Time Basic Prepayment Electric 49.230 p/kWh 20.310 p/kWh 8.495 p/kWh
My Time Basic Prepayment Gas 38.979 p/kWh 2.800 p/kWh
My Time Prepayment Electric 48.957 p/kWh 20.310 p/kWh 8.495 p/kWh
My Time Prepayment Gas 20.753 p/kWh 2.800 p/kWh

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The easiest way to get a Utilita quote, and compare tariffs, is to use our Switch Plan. Get in touch with a member of our team to find out more.

Utilita Economy 7 tariff

Economy 7 tariffs give customers cheaper electricity for seven hours during the middle of the night. These types of tariffs are ideal for people who use the majority of their electricity at night, for example, households with storage heaters and people who do shift work.
However, while Economy 7 tariffs offer cheaper rates during off peak hours, the daytime rate customers are asked to pay is generally higher than standard tariffs. This means Economy 7 is really only suitable for people who use most of their energy at night.
Utilita has two smart Economy 7 tariffs. One is a standard credit tariff and the other is designed for people with prepayment meters. Neither of these tariffs have standing charges:

First Rate Saver Rate Night rate Standing charge
Smart E7 Credit 47.903 p/kWh 23.606 p/kWh 4.730 p/kWh N/A
Smart E7 Prepayment 48.957 p/kWh 20.310 p/kWh 8.495 p/kWh N/A

Utilita also has two Premium Economy 7 tariffs:

First Rate Saver Rate Night rate Standing charge
Premium E7 Credit 54.126 p/kWh 25.039 p/kWh 4.730 p/kWh N/A
Premium E7 Prepayment 49.230 p/kWh 20.310 p/kWh 8.495 p/kWh N/A

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Utilita no standing charge tariff

All Utilita tariffs are free of standing charges. However, as most tariffs ask customers to pay a higher rate for the first one or two kWh of energy they use per day, this effectively acts as a standard charge on the days that customers use gas or electricity.
If customers don’t use any gas or electricity on a given day, they won’t pay anything to Utilita. If you often go days without turning on the heating, or if your property is empty for a number of days per week, this can make Utilita a very affordable option.

Utilita tariffs compared: Which is the cheapest tariff?

Utilita offers a wide choice of tariffs including prepayment, Economy 7 and credit options. The cheapest option for your household will depend on a range of factors including:

  • Your location
  • Your average energy consumption
  • Your meter
  • How you use your energy
  • Your payment method

Find the cheapest Utilita tariff for your household by getting in touch with our Switch Plan today.
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Utilita exit fees?

Utilita doesn’t charge customers exit fees. This is good news if you’re planning on moving house in the near future but want to benefit from Utilita’s prices before you go.

Utilita Business tariffs

Utilita offers a choice of business tariffs. If you’re interested in switching your business to Utilita, you’ll need to get in touch with a business energy broker to find out what tariffs are available in your area.

Would you like to know more about Utilita Energy? Great! Check out our article on Utilita Energy reviews.

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Written by Baylee

Updated on 24 Feb, 2021