Run an energy comparison and save an average of £387*
*You could save an average of £387: Between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020, people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved an average of £387.
The majority of energy customers in the UK are on dual fuel plans, which are offered by the vast majority of energy providers. To save money and make sure you’re on the best deal, it’s important to compare dual fuel energy deals on a regular basis and make the switch whenever you find something better than your current plan.
Dual fuel plans cover the usage of both types of energy fuel – gas and electric. Most UK households can be put on a dual fuel plan.
Dual fuel energy plans give you the convenience of a consolidated energy bill. You can also save money by using the same supplier for both gas and electricity, though this is not always guaranteed. You’ll also have just one direct debit to deal with.
The cheapest dual fuel deal will be different for everyone - there’s no one-size-fits-all option. To make sure you’re getting the best value, you should run a comparison on both dual fuel and single fuel tariffs using the information about your current usage to get the most accurate results.
All the major providers offer dual fuel plans, including the big six.
There’s no reason you can’t have a smart meter just because you’re on a dual fuel tariff. Some providers even offer cheap dual fuel deals on the basis that you have a smart meter installed.
Changing to a dual fuel plan shouldn’t have any physical difference to your home - you’ll continue using the same gas and electricity meters, except you will only have to submit meter readings to one provider from now on, unless your new plan comes with a smart meter.
Often, the answer is yes, but you should always run a comparison to be sure. Fixed rate energy plans lock you into a long-term contract, usually one or two years, and you will pay the same price for the duration of your contract, that means there won’t be any nasty surprises in any bill. Variable rates change based on factors like your usage and energy availability and can be different every month. Just because you’re not on a fixed rate doesn’t mean you’re not getting a good deal, though. Brands like Bulb have become popular due to their straight-forward plan (they only have one) and cheap rates, despite not being fixed.
Yes, but there are some limitations. Green electricity is widely available and even comes as standard on many plans, including those of major providers such as E.ON. Smaller providers have also made a name for themselves by providing green energy, though if you want 100% green electricity and gas, your options become limited as green gas is far harder to generate. Green Energy UK is one supplier that offers green gas and electricity.
Yes, you can get dual fuel plans for prepayment energy meters. Bear in mind, though, that prepayment energy is almost never the cheapest option. If you are able to pay by direct debit, then fixed rate plans are significantly better value.
Yes, generally fixed rate plans that last a year or more and are paid by direct debit will earn you much better savings. As we said, there are some great value variable plans out there, but if securing a good price for the long-term is your goal, then fixed price is the best way.
If you have one fuel coming from one provider and want your second fuel to join it, this is easily done. If you are on a variable tariff or within 49 days of the end of your fixed price plan you can do this any time without having to face energy contract exit fees.
Apart from any savings, dual fuel customers aren’t usually privy to any perks that single fuel customers can’t get.
If your house doesn’t use gas then you won’t be able to get on a dual fuel plan. If you don’t have gas-powered central heating, use a gas cylinder for cooking or have an electric stove and oven, your house is likely not in need of gas.