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 Tariff TypePrice PromiseManage OnlineAnnual Average CostAverage Annual Savings 
Extra Energy
Fixed Price September 2015 v2
FixedFixed until 30/09/15£446£128
First Utility
iSave Fixed v18 May 2015 Electricity only
FixedFixed until 31/05/15£448£126
Ovo Energy
Cheaper Energy Fixed
FixedFixed for 12 months£450£124
iSupply Energy
FixedFixed until 30/11/14£451£123
EDF Energy
Blue+Price Promise July 2015
FixedFixed until 31/07/15£473£101
Sainsbury's Energy
Fixed Price May 2015
FixedFixed until 31/05/15£478£96
Ovo Energy
Better Energy Fixed
FixedFixed for 12 months£480£94
1 yr Fixed Price Plan Paperless Billing
FixedFixed for 12 months£483£91
LoCO2 Energy
Pocket Fixed 9
FixedFixed for 12 months£486£88
Green Star Energy
No Worries 24 Months Fixed version 1403 Paperless
FixedFixed for 24 months£494£80
Ovo Energy
Cheaper Energy (Fixed to June 2016)
FixedFixed until 30/06/16£495£79
Scottish Power
Online Fixed Price Energy July 2015
FixedFixed until 31/07/15£496£78
The Co-operative Energy
EDF Energy
Green Star Energy
No Worries 24 Months Fixed version 1403 Paper Bill
FixedFixed for 24 months£499£75
Green Star Energy
No Worries 12 Months Fixed version 1403 Paperless
FixedFixed for 12 months£499£75
British Gas
LoCO2 Energy
Sainsbury's Energy
Green Star Energy
No Worries 12 Months Fixed version 1403 Paper Bill
FixedFixed for 12 months£505£69
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Correct as of: 24/04/2014.

Typical bills are for default standard tariffs for customers paying by quarterly cash and cheque without prompt payment discounts. Average usage 13,500 kWh pa of gas and 3,200 kWh pa of electricity. Cheapest tariffs are monthly direct debit.

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How to Find the Best Electricity Tariff

Finding the best electricity tariff can be a complicated business. Here’s how to compare electricity tariffs and find the best deal.

Boiling Kettle And Cup

Everyone has a unique way of living and this is catered for by the sheer diversity of electric tariff rates and deals on the market.

As soon as you start looking at your options you’ll be faced with a bewildering array of tariffs: fixed versus variable rate; capped, online, Economy 7 or 10 – all of which offer different prices and different ways of paying your bills.

Finding the best electricity tariffs

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the same is true for electricity tariffs. It’s impossible to decide which one is best overall – just which one is best for you.

Your choice will depend on all sorts of factors, such as how much electricity you use, when you use it, and how you like to pay.

Most electricity tariffs are charged on the basis of your Kilowatt Hour Usage (kWh). Most also have a standing charge attached. As a rule, electricity tariffs without standing charge have a higher kWh usage charge so this option works best if you do not use much electricity.

Having an idea of your usage each month is a must when you compare electricity tariffs because it’s the only way to find the deal that will actually work out cheapest for you.

Different electricity tariffs

While there are some nuances, there are basically two different types of electricity tariff: fixed, capped or variable.

A fixed electricity tariff freezes your bills at a certain rate, protecting you from any future rises for a certain amount of time. The downside of this option is that you’ll be locked in for the duration of a contract and may face exit fees should you want to get out of the contract early.

A variable rate, meanwhile, gives you the flexibility to move when you want, but means you’ll be at the mercy of the market. If prices rise, then you’ll pay more. Conversely if they go down you’ll pay less (in theory at least).

A capped rate could be seen as a best of both worlds option but these tend to be less available and more expensive. This type of tariff ensures your bill will not rise beyond a certain level meaning you’re protected if the price goes up and can benefit if it falls. However the chances are the capped rate will be higher than the standard charge so you could simply end up paying more overall.

When do you use your electricity?

When you use your electricity may also influence your decision. One of the more popular tariff types is Economy 7 which offers a discount for off peak times. This means you could benefit from a night tariff electricity discount which could be ideal if you work shifts or spend time working late. Our guide to Economy 7 offers more information about whether it’s right for you.

Paying your energy bills

You might also get a discount based on how you want to pay your bill. If you’re comfortable using online billing, the provider may give you a cheaper rate. It works for them as they can spend less on paper admin.

The same applies to paying by direct debit, most providers will give you a discount in return for signing up to pay monthly. You will need to make sure you submit regular meter readings so you don’t end up owing them money, or conversely, building up an excess of credit in your energy account.

Could dual fuel be cheaper?

Discounts can also be found by combining electricity with gas. It’s a standard way for companies to persuade you to have both gas and electricity with them. However, while a single company may provide discounts against its own charges there’s no guarantee a dual fuel tariff will be cheaper than if you split your energy supply between different energy companies. Compare both options and go for the one that works out cheapest.

For more information or to make an electricity tariff comparison check out our guide on getting the cheapest electricity.

You can use our best electricity tariff comparison table to compare energy quotes and find the best deal.

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