10 of the Cheapest Gas and Electric Suppliers In The UK
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There is no single energy tariff that is the best deal for everyone. Which energy deal is cheapest for you depends on your overall usage and where you live. And cheapest is not necessarily ‘best’. To find the energy deal that is the right one for you, you’ll also need to consider how important things like green energy and supplier service are to you.
There are currently more than 75 suppliers offering 350+ different tariffs to choose from, so doing your own searches and then trying to decide between deals is not easy, especially as many of the suppliers offering the cheapest deals are not household names.
Flipper members don't have to worry about this as we check the market for every member, every month, to find the lowest priced deal for their usage and preferences and let them know if it’s worth switching or not.
But if you want to know a little bit more about the current best value providers, we've put together this Top 10 - in no particular order. Flipper switch their members to all of these suppliers apart from Outfox the Market and Powershop for the reasons stated below.
10 of the Cheapest Gas and Electric Suppliers In The UK
1. Avro Energy
Avro have consistently offered very competitive tariffs over the past few year and now have around 1 million customers. While they don’t offer Green energy, they do have great fixed rate tariffs with no exit fees.
They didn’t quite make it into the Top 10 in the latest Which? or Citizens Advice rankings, but their customers still scored them more highly than any of the traditional Big Six energy companies and they are rated as Excellent on Trustpilot.
Simplicity are on a mission to make energy less complicated. They promise: Good value dual fuel prices, Bills you can understand and Service you can rely on.
They don’t offer Green energy, but do offer some of the most competitive fixed deals available – which are named after seasonal fruit and vegetables so you can remember which deal you’re on!
As the name suggests Green are committed to providing green energy. 100% of the electricity they supply is from clean renewable sources within the UK – and is some of the cheapest renewable energy available.
They provide fantastic customer service and are now ranked 2nd in the Citizens Advice ratings as well as being rated Excellent on Trustpilot.
4. Shell Energy
Shell Energy is one of the largest providers outside of the traditional ‘Big 6’ supplying well over 1 million UK homes with 100% renewable electricity.
They rank alongside the other Big firms in the bottom third of the Which? and Citizens Advice rankings, but if you want a good value green tariff from a big name, Shell will probably have the most competitive rate.
5. Utility Point
Utility Point launched in 2017 with the aim of providing cheap energy while protecting customers from price rises. They don’t offer Green energy but do offer some very competitive fixed deals which extend for as much as 18 months.
They sit mid-table in the Which? and Citizens Advice rankings and are rated Great on Trustpilot.
6. People’s Energy
People’s Energy also launched in 2017 and are committed to providing greener energy at no extra cost. All their tariffs are 100% Green Electricity and they’ve even got some Green Gas.
While still being a relatively small supplier, they are Top 5 in the Which? rankings and are rated Excellent on Trustpilot.
7. Neon Reef
Neon Reef are the newest supplier on this list having launched earlier this year. They only offer electric only tariffs which use 100% renewable energy, but these are by far the best value electric only rates available.
While it’s early days, the reviews they have received so far show them as Excellent on Trustpilot, so if you are an Electric only customer they are worth considering.
8. Outfox The Market
Outfox the Market do offer some very competitive deals, but there definitely seems to be trade-off between price and service.
They made the headlines in late 2018 after they raised their prices 4 times in 6 months and were taking more than an hour to answer calls from angry customers, which led to a Facebook group being set up so customers could post their complaints on social media.
While things seem to have improved – they are now in the Top 10 on the Citizens Advice list and mid-table in the Which? there are still reports of poor service and they also apply a ‘Winter Uplift’ meaning customers pay for 70% of their consumption between October and March, and the remaining 30% between April and September rather than the same amount each month, which is not ideal for everyone.
Powershop is backed by Npower (one of the Big 6) and sells its energy in a unique way: rather than having a set tariff rate it offers energy in ‘powerpacks’, which are discounted bundles of gas or electricity that customers buy in advance. If you can be organised enough to buy your energy this way it is very competitive, but if you opt to make fixed monthly payments - like you would with any other supplier - it is not a cheap deal.
Their customers seem to like the ‘powerpack’ approach as they are 5th in the Which? rankings, but we don’t think this will work for most people.
10. British Gas
It may surprise many people to see British Gas, the UK’s largest energy provider, in a list of the Top 10 cheapest suppliers, but they do offer some great deals.
Customers who’ve been with British Gas for many years are likely to be on their standard tariff which is one of the most expensive deals around, but if you are looking to switch to a great value, green tariff from a big supplier then they could have the right deal for you – just make sure you don’t roll over onto their standard tariff later on.