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Gas and electricity best-buy table

Don't pay over the odds for gas and electricity! We list the cheapest deals.

Energy users are split into low, medium and high. Energy regulator Ofgem defines a medium user as using 13,500 units of gas and 3,200 units of electricity a year. Read how to work out your energy usage.

Gas and electricity tariffs are either variable - where prices change in line with the cost of energy - or fixed - where prices are guaranteed for a set period of time.

Here are the cheapest variable and fixed tariffs for a medium energy user, paying by direct debit, as at 20 October, 2014.

Dual fuel best-buy table

A dual fuel tariff is where your gas and electricity is supplied by the same firm.

Gas and electricity best-buy table

Supplier

Tariff

Average UK bill

Extra Energy

Fresh Fixed Price Nov 2015 v2 - Paperless billing
£984

First Utility

iSave Fixed Nov 2015 - Paperless billing £992

OVO Energy

Better Energy Fixed (Online) - Paperless billing £998 

nPower

Online Price Fix Nov 2015 - Paperless billing
£1,000

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12 Month Fixed 1410 - Paperless billing
£1,004

Sainsbury's Energy

Fixed Price Oct 2015 - Paperless billing £1,009

Sainsbury's Energy

Fixed Price Oct 2015
£1,009

ScottishPower

Online Fixed Price Energy Dec 2015 - Paperless billing £1,012 

Extra Energy

Bright Fixed Price Nov 2015 v1 - Paperless billing £1,014

First Utility

iSave Fixed Nov 2015 £1,016 

Electricity-only best-buys

Here are the cheapest variable and fixed electricity-only tariffs for a medium energy user, paying by direct debit, as at 20 October, 2014.

Electricity tariffs - best-buy table

Supplier

Tariff

Average UK bill

Extra Energy

Bright Fixed Price Nov 2015 v1 - Paperless billing £432

iSupply Energy

iFix 201511 - Paperless billing
£449

SSE

SSE Direct - Paperless billing £453

Extra Energy

Fresh Fixed Price Nov 2015 v2 - Paperless billing £453 

nPower

Online Price Fix Nov 2015 - Paperless billing £460

First Utility

iSave Fixed Nov 2015 - Paperless billing £462

OVO Energy

Better Energy Fixed (Online) - Paperless billing £464

ScottishPower

Online Fixed Price Energy Dec 2015 - Paperless billing
£466

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12 Month Fixed - Elec 1410 - Paperless billing
£466

Extra Energy

Secure Long Term Fixed Price Sept 2016 v1 - Paperless billing
£474

Gas-only best-buys

Here are the cheapest variable and fixed gas-only tariffs for a medium energy user, paying by direct debit, as at 20 October, 2014.

Gas tariffs - best-buy table

Supplier

Tariff

Average UK bill

Daligas

Daligas One (1 year Fixed Price)  - Paperless billing £517

Zog Energy

Mercury 12 - Paperless billing £534 

nPower

Online Price Fix Nov 2015 - Paperless billing £539 

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12M Fixed 1410 - Gas 1410 - Paperless billing
£552

ScottishPower

Online Fixed Price Energy Dec 2015 - Paperless billing £557

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12M Fixed - Gas 1410 - Paperless billing
£560 

EDF Energy

Blue+ Price Promise March 2016 - Paperless billing £564

Zog Energy

Mercury 24 - Paperless billing £578

nPower

Price Fix February 2017 - Paperless billing £600 

nPower

Price Fix February 2017 
£600 

Energy best-buy tables explained

While best buy tables are good as a guide, it's important to remember that energy prices will vary based on where you live and how much gas and electricity you use.

Duel fuel tariffs are often cheapest but it is worth adding up the price of taking out separate gas and electricity deals as this can sometimes work out less.   

Small energy suppliers

We're all familiar with the UK's big six gas and electricity suppliers - SSE, npower, British Gas, Scottish Power, EDF and E.ON.

However, there are a number of smaller suppliers in the UK, as you can see by some of the less familiar names in the best buy table above.

But don't let the unfamiliar names put you off getting a good deal.

These smaller firms supply the same gas and electricity as the big six and all adhere to industry rules, such as answering to energy regulator Ofgem.

Kate Rose, head of gas and electricity at Confused.com, says: "It pays to look for the best deal, not just the name, when it comes to trying to get the best deal on gas and electricity."

Click the link to find out more about small gas and electricity suppliers.

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Naphtalia Loderick

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Naphtalia Loderick covers all things consumer for Confused.com. She started out on a weekly newspaper, via a national news agency and a stint in the fun but ‘not as glamorous as it appears on screen’ world of TV at the BBC researching consumer films for The One Show.

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