Dual fuel bills can be a little tricky to understand. Here are the key things you need to know in 2018 to make sure you get the cheapest Gas & Electricity tariff.
Gas & Electricity Price Comparison
|Region||Electricity Unit Price|
|Electricity Standing Charge|
|Gas Unit Price|
|Gas Standing Charge
|Merseyside & North Wales||15.184p||21.53p||3.6382p||23.08p|
The table shows average domestic gas & electricity unit rates (price per kWh) and daily standing charges for each region of the UK in 2017. Source: GOV.UK
Cheapest Dual Fuel Tariffs For Gas & Electricity
|Tariff Type||Annual Cost|
|Cheapest Tariff (Big 6)||£1,043.21|
|Cheapest Tariff (all suppliers)||£920.60|
|Cheapest Tariff (basket)||£982.09|
|Cheapest Direct Debit Tariff (Big 6)||£1,043.21|
|Cheapest Standard Credit Tariff (Big 6)||£1,138.84|
|Cheapest Prepayment Tariff (Big 6)||£1,070.50|
|Cheapest Direct Debit Tariff (all suppliers)||£920.60|
|Cheapest Standard Credit Tariff (all suppliers)||£1,067.64|
|Cheapest Prepayment Tariff (all suppliers)||£983.86|
|Average Standard Variable Tariff (other suppliers)||£1,104.91|
|Average Variable Tariff (Big 6)||£1,205.62|
The tariff data above comes from Ofgem for 28/09/2018. It assumes annual electricity usage of 3,100 kWh and average annual gas usage of 12,000 kWh. It should be noted both of these figures are lower than those used by GOV.UK, which assumes the average electricity usage of 3,800 kWh and gas usage of 15,000 kWh.
What Are Dual Fuels?
Energy suppliers like dual fuel customers as they get two types of energy from one customer which can reduce their overheads. As a customer, you could save money and it can be more convenient to have just one energy supplier.
Do Dual Fuel Discounts Offer Better Value?
Dual fuel tariffs can often be better value as they offer a discount for having both fuels with the same supplier. However, it is not always the case that dual fuel tariffs are cheaper and therefore it is important to do a price comparison to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.
You could also benefit from other discounts such as paperless billing to reduce your energy spend further.
It may also be more convenient and easier to manage your energy supplies if you have a dual fuel tariff as you will only have one energy supplier to communicate with.
How Would I Know If I’m on a Dual Fuel Tariff?
If you receive your energy bills from the same supplier, the chances are that you are on a dual fuel tariff. However, if your contract has ended and you have been transferred onto a standard tariff you may no longer be receiving a dual fuel discount.
How Do Dual Fuel Tariffs Work?
To be eligible for a dual fuel tariff you must switch both your gas and electricity to the tariff at the same time. Energy suppliers often give customers a discount for buying both fuels together on one deal as it cuts the overheads of setting up two separate accounts. There is no real difference for the customer except that they will have one energy company to deal with.
Dual Fuel Energy Bills
Dual fuel energy bills are still split out into gas and electricity so that you can clearly see what you are using of each of the fuels. Most energy suppliers will send a combined bill with both fuels on the same bill, but they tend to keep the gas and electricity accounts separate.
If you pay by direct debit they will work out your payment amount for each fuel separately so that your direct debit is made up of two independent elements, but you will pay just one direct debit for both fuels. The credit and debit for each fuel are also kept separate and not combined.
As a dual fuel customer, you will need to keep in mind that the energy supplier will be still treating the gas and electricity separately so that you can treat them separately too. For example, if you pay by direct debit and have credit amounting on one of your fuel accounts and a debit on the other you will not necessarily be able to move the credit between the two fuels, you will need to discuss this with your energy supplier to see if it is possible.
In this example, you may want to discuss a review of your account with the energy supplier to adjust your direct debit payments to a level that match your consumption for each fuel.
How Is the Dual Fuel Discount Applied?
The dual fuel discount will be split between the two fuels, for example, if the discount is £30 per year then you will see a discount of £3.75 per fuel each quarter or £1.25 per month. This discount may look different if it is applied before VAT which is often the case as the total discount is worked out with VAT included, but you will still get the same level of discount.
How to Switch to Dual Fuel Tariff
If you want to switch to a dual fuel tariff you are best to do a price comparison to see which energy supplier will offer you the best deal. Use your energy usage from your bills where possible on the price comparison site to get the most accurate comparison, you can use the comparison sites estimates but it will not be as accurate.
Once you have found a tariff that you like you can proceed to switch. The switching process is much simpler than most people think as the new energy supplier deals with the whole switching process for you and you will not have to contact your existing supplier, just pay the final bill once it is calculated after the switch.