For the UK energy consumer, that’s what finding your cheapest gas tariff can feel like, due to the volatility of energy prices. To make things even more difficult, many “smaller” suppliers have entered what is an already crowded marketplace, able to offer cheaper tariffs due to smaller overhead costs than their more established counterparts.
Energy UK revealed that 1.3 million customers moved from larger to smaller suppliers over the last year — that accounts for 41 per cent of all the switches in that period. With so much choice out there, we thought we’d help out by compiling a list of the 10 cheapest gas suppliers in the UK.
Please note - We don't take commission from any gas or electricity suppliers like comparison websites, so we have a totally impartial overview of the market, and the rates and deals we switch customers to change frequently.
Solarplicity claim to have cheaper pricing than any of the UK's "Big 6" energy companies. They also offer electricity that's 100% renewable and have been running since 2009.
Utility Point's are a relatively new supplier starting in early 2017. They aim to 'save their customers money and reward their loyalty as well as their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.'
Avro has been engaging with consumers since the end of 2015. They say they are able to provide lower priced energy by being as efficient as possible, keeping overheads to a minimum and keeping their marketing costs down.
Flow Energy is a gas and electricity supplier which describes themselves as “a very different kind of energy company”, offering “low prices on home energy, some of the world’s most advanced heating systems and a growing range of intelligent products for the connected home.” They’re the only Which? Recommended Provider for energy in 2016, which is encouraging considering the negative reputation typically associated with energy supplier customer services.
So Energy is a dual fuel supplier whose principles are “simplicity, honesty and great value”. They adopt a “Low Price Policy” and guarantee that their one, fixed rate tariff “will always be one of the best deals available”.
Another new supplier - People’s Energy was founded by David Pike and Karin Sode who promise to give 75 per cent of profits back to its customers. They started through a crowdfunding campaign, got their Ofgem licence and started supplying. They aim to get to over 1 million customers in the UK.
Places for People Energy claim they’re cheaper than the big energy providers and “not like other energy companies” — they don’t have shareholders, so their “profits go back into the communities” they’ve “helped to create”. They supply both the domestic and the industrial and commercial markets “with the aim of providing cost effective energy and a better service to the Group's sites and businesses, employees and customers.”
Better Energy is based in Nottingham and supplies gas to domestic and business customers across the UK. They “aim to offer the lowest gas prices available” and to make all aspects of their service “simple and transparent.”
Relatively new to the market and based on the South Coast near Brighton, Affect Energy supplies gas and electricity to homes in the UK, claiming they “can make energy better for you: simple, painless and great value for money.”
Bristol energy is a new, smaller energy supplier servicing domestic and business customers across Bristol, the South West and nationwide. They “offer fair and transparent tariffs”, “reinvest in local communities” and “support and invest in local renewables.”
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