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Domestic gas tariffs explained


If you’re looking to switch gas supplier, the amount of tariffs on offer from different suppliers can make it difficult to know where to start. The good news is, although suppliers will name their deals differently, and offer different rates and terms, your gas tariff should fall into one of the categories outlined in this guide.




What type of domestic gas tariff are available?


You might encounter a head-spinning number of deals when comparing energy tariffs but, in general, there are around six types of domestic gas tariff on offer:

Standard variable rate tariffs

Standard variable rate tariffs, also known as ‘evergreen’ tariffs, are an energy suppliers’ default deal, and are usually among the least competitive as they come with relatively high rates.

These rates can vary according to fluctuations in the energy market, which can be led by anything from a change in wholesale prices to an increase in demand. This means that your energy bills can go up or down, even if you’re using the same amount of gas and electricity each month.

On the plus side, these tariffs don’t have any fixed end date, so you can switch to a cheaper deal by giving just 30 days’ notice and you won’t be charged a penalty fee for leaving.

Standard variable rate tariffs might be a good option if you don’t want to tie yourself into a long deal, but bear in mind rates are expensive and can increase unexpectedly.

Fixed rate tariffs

Fixed rate tariffs offer guaranteed standing charges and unit rates for the duration of the deal, which is usually 12 months. Your bills can still go up or down each month, depending upon how much gas you use, but the rate you pay for each unit of gas will remain the same, which means they are a good way to beat the suppliers’ annual price hikes.

As these deals are agreed for a fixed term, you might be charged a penalty fee for leaving early – so always check the terms of the deal and factor this in if you’re looking to switch part way through your contract. The good news is, Ofgem rules mean you can’t be charged an exit fee if you switch 42-49 days before your tariff’s end date, so it might make sense to fit your switch around these timelines.

Although fixed price gas tariffs mean you won’t benefit from any price cuts, should market rates decrease, they offer an effective way to avoid price rises, and are useful if you’re running a tight household budget, as the fixed rate means you should have a better idea of how much your monthly bills will be.

Online tariffs

As the name suggest, online tariffs are energy deals that need to be managed using the internet – bills will be sent via email and you’ll need to send meter readings online, usually via an online portal on your supplier’s website.

If you sign up to an online deal, your supplier should offer discounted gas tariff rates to reflect the reduced admin costs, but if you have any problems with your account, you should still be able to speak to a customer services representative over the phone.

These tariffs are often sold as fixed rate deals, so you may have to pay an early exit fee if you switch within a certain timeframe, and be aware that all correspondence will be made by email, so make sure you don’t miss any notifications, bills or payment reminders.

Green energy tariffs

Green energy tariffs are deals that provide energy while promising to do more for the environment, either by matching your usage with generation from renewable sources, or contribute to environmental schemes on your behalf. Although these deals are more popular among electricity suppliers, green gas deals are on the increase.

One thing to keep in mind is that green energy deals are often more expensive than other fixed or online deals, so you should always shop around to find the best-priced option.

Prepayment gas tariffs

If you have a prepayment gas meter that you need to top up with credit as you use it, you may not be aware that you can switch supplier, but there are a number of deals out there that could help you save money – so it makes sense to compare energy deals, even if you’re on a prepayment meter.

Prepayment gas tariffs are seen as a good option by some people who find the ‘pay-as-you-go’ approach more helpful when managing their finances – you can’t run up energy debts with a prepayment meter – but be mindful that this is one of the most expensive ways to pay for gas and electricity.

You may be switched to a prepayment meter if you’ve run up debt when using a credit meter, and you might not be allowed to switch supplier again until this debt is below £500. And if you want to switch to a credit meter, your supplier may charge you for the new meter installation.

Dual fuel tariffs

If you sign up to a dual fuel deal, both your gas and electricity will be supplied by the same company, which can be more convenient than dealing with two separate suppliers, and also bag you a discounted rate.

Dual fuel tariffs are often packaged as fixed rate deals, so look out for any early exit fees, and although the assumption is that dual fuel deals are always cheaper than going with separate suppliers, this is not always the case, so always compare rates to find the best deal.


How to compare energy tariffs and switch to a better deal


To run a gas tariff comparison, get things started by entering your postcode in the box at the top of the page. You’ll then have to fill in a few more details about your current supplier and energy usage – don’t worry if you don’t know how much you use, we can make an estimate based upon the size of your house – and once our comparison tool has this information, it will run quotes to find you the best possible deal.

You can switch supplier up to 49 days before the end date of your current deal without incurring any penalty fee, so start comparing quotes when your deal has about six weeks to run. And once you agree to switch, you should be with your new supplier in no more than 17 days, which includes a 14-day cooling-off period.

There should be no disruption to your supply, and no need for any digging at your household - the gas will still enter your property through the existing pipes, it’s just be supplied by a different company.

Run a gas quote now by entering your postcode in the box at the top of the page, or give our energy experts a call on 0800 326 5530.

Your home energy tariff due to expire?

Domestic gas tariffs explained


If you’re looking to switch gas supplier, the amount of tariffs on offer from different suppliers can make it difficult to know where to start. The good news is, although suppliers will name their deals differently, and offer different rates and terms, your gas tariff should fall into one of the categories outlined in this guide.




What type of domestic gas tariff are available?


You might encounter a head-spinning number of deals when comparing energy tariffs but, in general, there are around six types of domestic gas tariff on offer:

Standard variable rate tariffs

Standard variable rate tariffs, also known as ‘evergreen’ tariffs, are an energy suppliers’ default deal, and are usually among the least competitive as they come with relatively high rates.

These rates can vary according to fluctuations in the energy market, which can be led by anything from a change in wholesale prices to an increase in demand. This means that your energy bills can go up or down, even if you’re using the same amount of gas and electricity each month.

On the plus side, these tariffs don’t have any fixed end date, so you can switch to a cheaper deal by giving just 30 days’ notice and you won’t be charged a penalty fee for leaving.

Standard variable rate tariffs might be a good option if you don’t want to tie yourself into a long deal, but bear in mind rates are expensive and can increase unexpectedly.

Fixed rate tariffs

Fixed rate tariffs offer guaranteed standing charges and unit rates for the duration of the deal, which is usually 12 months. Your bills can still go up or down each month, depending upon how much gas you use, but the rate you pay for each unit of gas will remain the same, which means they are a good way to beat the suppliers’ annual price hikes.

As these deals are agreed for a fixed term, you might be charged a penalty fee for leaving early – so always check the terms of the deal and factor this in if you’re looking to switch part way through your contract. The good news is, Ofgem rules mean you can’t be charged an exit fee if you switch 42-49 days before your tariff’s end date, so it might make sense to fit your switch around these timelines.

Although fixed price gas tariffs mean you won’t benefit from any price cuts, should market rates decrease, they offer an effective way to avoid price rises, and are useful if you’re running a tight household budget, as the fixed rate means you should have a better idea of how much your monthly bills will be.

Online tariffs

As the name suggest, online tariffs are energy deals that need to be managed using the internet – bills will be sent via email and you’ll need to send meter readings online, usually via an online portal on your supplier’s website.

If you sign up to an online deal, your supplier should offer discounted gas tariff rates to reflect the reduced admin costs, but if you have any problems with your account, you should still be able to speak to a customer services representative over the phone.

These tariffs are often sold as fixed rate deals, so you may have to pay an early exit fee if you switch within a certain timeframe, and be aware that all correspondence will be made by email, so make sure you don’t miss any notifications, bills or payment reminders.

Green energy tariffs

Green energy tariffs are deals that provide energy while promising to do more for the environment, either by matching your usage with generation from renewable sources, or contribute to environmental schemes on your behalf. Although these deals are more popular among electricity suppliers, green gas deals are on the increase.

One thing to keep in mind is that green energy deals are often more expensive than other fixed or online deals, so you should always shop around to find the best-priced option.

Prepayment gas tariffs

If you have a prepayment gas meter that you need to top up with credit as you use it, you may not be aware that you can switch supplier, but there are a number of deals out there that could help you save money – so it makes sense to compare energy deals, even if you’re on a prepayment meter.

Prepayment gas tariffs are seen as a good option by some people who find the ‘pay-as-you-go’ approach more helpful when managing their finances – you can’t run up energy debts with a prepayment meter – but be mindful that this is one of the most expensive ways to pay for gas and electricity.

You may be switched to a prepayment meter if you’ve run up debt when using a credit meter, and you might not be allowed to switch supplier again until this debt is below £500. And if you want to switch to a credit meter, your supplier may charge you for the new meter installation.

Dual fuel tariffs

If you sign up to a dual fuel deal, both your gas and electricity will be supplied by the same company, which can be more convenient than dealing with two separate suppliers, and also bag you a discounted rate.

Dual fuel tariffs are often packaged as fixed rate deals, so look out for any early exit fees, and although the assumption is that dual fuel deals are always cheaper than going with separate suppliers, this is not always the case, so always compare rates to find the best deal.


How to compare energy tariffs and switch to a better deal


To run a gas tariff comparison, get things started by entering your postcode in the box at the top of the page. You’ll then have to fill in a few more details about your current supplier and energy usage – don’t worry if you don’t know how much you use, we can make an estimate based upon the size of your house – and once our comparison tool has this information, it will run quotes to find you the best possible deal.

You can switch supplier up to 49 days before the end date of your current deal without incurring any penalty fee, so start comparing quotes when your deal has about six weeks to run. And once you agree to switch, you should be with your new supplier in no more than 17 days, which includes a 14-day cooling-off period.

There should be no disruption to your supply, and no need for any digging at your household - the gas will still enter your property through the existing pipes, it’s just be supplied by a different company.

Run a gas quote now by entering your postcode in the box at the top of the page, or give our energy experts a call on 0800 326 5530.

Switch today and save £482*

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