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Most 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: gas and electric. Most UK households can be put on a dual fuel plan.
Dual energy plans give you the convenience of a consolidated energy bill and a single payment for all your energy, such as a single monthly direct debit. You’ll often also save money using the same supplier for both gas and electricity, though this isn’t guaranteed.
The cheapest dual fuel tariffs will be different for everyone - there’s no one-size-fits-all option. To make sure you’re getting the best value from your energy, 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 energy providers.
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 make any physical difference to your home - you’ll continue using the same gas and electricity meters, except you’ll only have to submit meter readings to one provider from now on – although if your new plan comes with a smart meter, it should do that for you automatically.
You’re already on our energy comparison section – just pop your postcode into the box above and click ‘Compare energy deals’, then follow the prompts to perform our energy price comparison in conjunction with uSwitch.
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 unit price for that period, which means there won’t be any nasty surprises lurking in your bills, although you should remember your bills will still vary from month to month based on your usage (typically more in the colder winter months, and less in the summer).
Variable rates are tied to the wholesale cost of energy, which vary over time and lead to regular unit price changes that introduce more volatility in your bills. 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 the fact they offer a single, straightforward variable price tariff for both pay monthly and prepayment users.
Yes, but there are some limitations. Green electricity is widely available and even comes as standard on many plans, including those from 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.
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’re 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’ve said, though, there are some great value variable plans out there, but if securing a good unit price that won’t change during the duration of your tariff is a priority, then fixed price is definitely the best route to take.
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 at 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, then it’s not a problem – you simply need to search for electricity deals only.