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Back to 2012 prices: Entire energy Best Buy top 10 now under £1,000

18 December 2014

Best energy deals for over 2.5 years as new Extra Energy tariffs shake-up the top ten

For the first time in over two and half years, the entire dual fuel energy Best Buy top ten table is made up of annual tariffs priced at under £1,000.

Extra Energy has replaced three of its fixed price deals, claiming top spot with their new Fresh Fixed Price March 2016 v2 and in the process, pushing Green Star Energy’s Green Saver 12 month fixed tariff (priced at £1,022 a year) out of the top ten.  As a result, it is the first time since mid-2012 that the top ten has been entirely comprised of sub-£1,000 tariffs.

In fact, the last time the best dual fuel deals were this low, London was still preparing for the Olympics, The Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and Wolves, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanders had just been relegated from the Premier League.

Top ten cheapest dual fuel tariffs



Annual cost

Early exit fees

Extra Energy

Fresh Fixed Price March 2016 v2


£25 per fuel 

Extra Energy

Merry Christmas Fixed Price Jan 2016 v2


£25 per fuel 

First Utility

iSave Fixed v41 March 2016


£30 per fuel 

Cooperative Energy

Fair & Square February 2016


£25 per fuel 

Extra Energy

Bright Fixed Price March 2016 v1


£25 per fuel


Fixed Energy Online April 2016




Online Fixed Price Energy January 2016



Ovo Energy

Better Energy Fixed (Online)


£30 per fuel

Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12 Month Fixed 1412 Paperless


£30 per fuel

Sainsbury's Energy

Fixed Price January 2016


£30 per fuel

Based on dual fuel, payment by monthly direct debit, averaged across all UK regions and for households with an annual energy usage of 13,500kWh gas and 3,200kWh electricity (medium user). Correct as of 17/12/2014.

Jeremy Cryer, energy spokesperson at, said: “There can be no doubt at all now – energy prices in the UK are falling rapidly and householders need to make sure they aren’t missing out on savings by being stuck with an out-dated tariff. 

“Prices soared in late 2012 and 2013 but since then we’ve seen a steady fall as new, cheaper tariffs have been introduced leading us to the situation we’re in now where the best buy prices are rolling back the years and homeowners should be able to cut their energy costs this winter.  

“There are lots of good fixed deals to be had right now, and they are certainly a far better option than any supplier’s standard tariff.  But if you are worried about switching to a fixed deal in case a better one comes along in a few weeks’ time, bear in mind that some suppliers don’t charge an early exit fee, while others charge very little. As such, signing up with these providers is less risky should you wish to switch away again part-way through your contract. That said, others charge as much as £30 per fuel for early exits, so any savings have to be quite substantial to justify taking a hit of up to £60 to leave before the end date.

“This is why it’s so important to shop around carefully, and check that you’re happy with everything – the cost, any exit fees, the account management options, and payment type – before you sign up. Comparison websites make this task easy, saving you lots of time in the hunt for a good energy deal.”

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*Average increase across all UK regions, and across all tariffs coming to an end on 31 December 2014 is 7.65%, or £78.18