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Gocompare.com says: “Not good enough” as British Gas and EDFcut bills in time for spring

11 February 2016

British Gas and EDF have finally completed the round of underwhelming big six energy provider price cuts by dropping the cost of their standard gas tariffs, but price comparison website Gocompare.com is urging households to take matters into their own hands and save up to £292* on their gas and electricity bills by ditching their standard tariffs.

Ben Wilson, energy spokesperson at Gocompare.com, said: “Quite frankly, the cuts to standard gas tariffs that we’ve seen from the big six aren’t good enough, especially as smaller energy companies continue to consistently offer better deals to customers. Rather than lead the industry, British Gas and EDF have held out the longest, only to copy what their competitors are doing, which is already the bare minimum.

“In fact, both companies have waited so long that it will be spring before their loyal customers feel any benefit. By then, customers will be turning the heating down but will have already paid well over the odds for their big winter energy bills.

“Granted, British Gas has previously cut gas prices, but the truth is, the vast majority of British Gas standard tariff customers would still save far more by switching to one of the current dual fuel best-buys which are now all priced under £780 a year on average.

“Big six customers need to look at the cuts that providers have offered as a wake-up call and take charge of their own energy costs rather than wait for their provider to offer them a better deal, because the energy giants have clearly demonstrated that it simply isn’t going to happen.”

Top ten cheapest dual fuel tariffs

Supplier

Tariff

Tariff type

Annual cost

Early exit fees

GB Energy Supply

Fixed 12 Sapphire

Fixed

£765

None

GB Energy Supply

Premium Energy Saver

Variable

£765

None

Avro Energy

Simple and Save

Variable

£766

None

extraenergy

Fresh Fixed Price Feb 2017 v4

Fixed

£768

£25 per fuel

first:utility

First Fixed April 2017 v3

Fixed

£771

£30 per fuel

extraenergy

Clear Fixed Price Feb 2017 v3

Fixed

£772

£25 per fuel

So Energy

So Caterpillar

Fixed

£773

£5 per fuel

Flow Energy

Connect 5

Fixed

£774

£30 per fuel

SSE

SSE 1 Year Fixed v4

Fixed

£775

£30 per fuel

Co-operative Energy

Co-op Online March 2017

Fixed

£775

£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 12,500kWh gas and 3,100kWh electricity (medium user). Correct as of 11/02/2016. Excludes collective tariffs.

Read Gocompare.com’s guides for more information on switching energy supplier.

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