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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 15 December, 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

Merry Christmas Fixed Price Jan 2016 v1 - Paperless £951

Extra Energy

Fresh Fixed Price March 2016 v1 - Paperless £951 

First Utility

iSave Fixed March 2016 v41 - Paperless billing £951

npower

Online Price Fix April 2016 - Paperless billing
£963
 

Scottish Power

Online Fixed Price Energy January 2016 - Paperless billing £970

OVO Energy

Better Energy Fixed (Online) - Paperless billing  £973 

First Utility

iSave Fixed March 2016 v37  £975 

Green Star

Rate Saver 12 Month Fixed 1412 - Paperless  £987 

Sainsbury's Energy

Fixed Price January 2016 - Paperless billing £998

Sainsbury's Energy

Fixed Price January 2016  £998

Electricity-only best-buys

Electricity tariffs best-buy table

Supplier

Tariff

Average UK bill

iSupply Energy

iFix 201601 Direct - Paperless billing £434 

Scottish Power

Online Fixed Price Energy January 2016 - Paperless billing £444

iSupply Energy

iFix 201601 - Paperless billing
£446

npower

Online Price Fix April 2016 - Paperless billing £448 

Extra Energy

Merry Christmas Fixed Price Jan 2016 v1 - Paperless £452

Extra Energy

Fresh Fixed Price March 2016 v1 - Paperless £452 

First Utility

iSave Fixed March 2016 v41 - Paperless billing £452

OVO Energy

Better Energy Fixed (Online) - Paperless  £453 

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12M Fixed - Elec 1410 - Paperless  £466 

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12M Fixed - Elec 1412  £474

Gas-only best-buys

Gas tariffs best-buy table

Supplier

Tariff

Average UK bill

npower

Online Price Fix April 2016 - Paperless billing £514 

Daligas

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

Zog Energy

Mercury 12 - Paperless billing £534

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12M Fixed - Gas 1412 - Paperless billing £536

Scottish Power

Online Fixed Price Energy January 2016 - Paperless billing £536 

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12M Fixed - Gas 1412 - Paperless billing
£543

EDF Energy

Blue+ Price Promise April 2016 - Paperless £564 

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 24M Fixed 1412 - Paperless billing
£570

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 24M Fixed 1412 £578 

Zog Energy

Mercury 24 - Paperless billing
£578 

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.

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

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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