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The quotes for gas prices can vary depending on your area, usage and the gas tariff you are going to move to, it is likely that you can find much better rates by comparing your gas bills. You can only be sure that you are on a great gas contract or will be moving to a great a gas contract by comparing your gas prices and gas tariffs.

  • Run regular gas comparisons -We would recommend that every household within the UK should compare gas prices regularly, at least once a year to make sure you are on the best gas plans available.
  • Accurate gas comparison – It is best to input your accurate gas consumption to ensure you get an exact gas comparison quote. If your gas supplier has not sent annual summary, you should always ask for them to send it or alternatively you can use the annual gas consumption in kWh from your recent bill or from the summary to see exactly how much you use so you can see exactly how much you can save by switching.

    Once you are happy with the plan and have completed the switch we will do the rest for you; we will let both your current and new suppliers know about your switch and they will be in contact to ask you to provide them with a meter reading so they can issue final bill from your current gas supplier.

  • How to reduce my gas bills? –Here are a few simple steps can help you save:
  • Gas smart meter –You should consider getting a gas smart meter to keep an eye on how much gas you are using and when you are using it which can help you find ways to reduce your usage.
  • Upgrade appliance –Old gas appliances are not energy efficient and can use a lot more gas than newer models which means you are over paying. You should consider upgrading old gas appliances.
  • Turn off or turn down your heating – Turning off your heating when you not home for a longer period of time will reduce your bills because you are not heating an empty home. You can also reduce thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees which can save you money off your gas bills.
  • Direct debit -Usually the gas supplier offers further discount if you pay your gas bills monthly by direct debit (DD) when compared to pay on receipt of bill or pre payment. Direct debit payment can also help you budget better so you can manage your finances easily.
  • Online discount -If you can manage your bills online via a login into energy supplier’s portal, you can get more discounts from suppliers. This could be another way to save money.
  • Switching supplier -Switching supplier

Gas prices explained per kWh

When you compare gas price and unit rates with Free Price Compare, you can see personal projection which indicates how much you will spend over the next 12 months. The personal projection is based on your usage and gas unit prices offered by the supplier. Prices are measured by suppliers in kilowatt hours or kWh.

When you compare gas price and unit rates with Free Price Compare, you can see personal projection which indicates how much you will spend over the next 12 months. The personal projection is based on your usage and gas unit prices offered by the supplier. Prices are measured by suppliers in kilowatt hours or kWh.

What is the average cost price of gas unit per kWh?

Cost price of gas unit per kilowatt (kWh) will vary on supplier prices for any gas tariff offered.

March 2019: As per The Energy Saving Trust, the average gas price is 3.74 pence per kilowatt hour (kWh) and average yearly standing charge is £85.53 (23.43p per day).

Energy supplier gas bills

As per industry regulator Ofgem, energy suppliers must make energy bills easy and simple to understand. The information found on your bill may vary per supplier, however supplier bills should include:

  • The summary of your current plan (Name or tariff details)
  • Cheaper tariff information
  • Your energy usage details
  • Terms of your contract (such as contract fees and contract end date)
  • Supplier contact details

How to find out when your gas tariff is ending?

  • 1. Look at your recent gas bill –On your recent bill you can find key information about your tariff section which includes tariff details such as tariff name, your account number and contract end date.
  • 2. Contact your energy provider -You can contact your current energy supplier who can easily tell you about your contract end date over a phone call.
  • 3. Look out for end of tariff notification –By law energy supplier must inform account holders about their tariff end date in writing. Usually supplier sends out notification around 42 -49 days before your contract end date.

Cheap gas contract deals - Base your choice of a new gas contract on the following;

  • Whether the kWh price is variable or fixed rate
  • Contract early exit fees
  • Look at rewards, discounts and benefits offered by the supplier
  • Supplier customer service reviews and scores
  • Energy supplier online portal and account management

Why pay more for the same gas supply? Compare gas unit prices with Free Price Compare to find and switch to a better and cheaper energy provider.

Domestic gas market share by individual energy suppliers 

Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2019 Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 2017 Q4 2017
British Gas 19% 19% 19% 19% 20% 20% 19% 19% 22% 22% 21% 20%
EDF 11% 11% 11% 11% 11% 11% 11% 11% 12% 12% 12% 11%
E.ON 12% 12% 12% 12% 13% 13% 13% 12% 14% 13% 13% 13%
nPower 8% 8% 7% 7% 9% 9% 9% 8% 9% 10% 10% 10%
Scottish Power 10% 9% 9% 9% 10% 10% 10% 10% 11% 11% 10% 10%
SSE 13% 13% 12% 12% 14% 14% 13% 13% 15% 14% 14% 14%
Shell Energy 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
OVO Energy  5% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 4% 4% 2% 2% 3% 3%
Utilita 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Utility Warehouse 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Avro Energy 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 0% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Bulb 4% 5% 5% 5% 1% 2% 3% 3% 0% 0% 0% 1%
Octopus Energy 3% 4% 4% 4% 2% 2% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 1%
Green Network Energy 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Small Suppliers 7% 7% 7% 7% 9% 9% 8% 8% 6% 7% 9% 10%

source - Ofgem

Big 6 gas supliers and customer satisfaction

British Gas EDF E.ON npower ScottishPower SSE Average
Satisfied with supplier service 67% 69% 76% 65% 70% 71% 70%
Satisfied with understandable bills 72% 70% 76% 69% 72% 72% 72%
Satisfied with ease of contacting supplier 72% 71% 76% 67% 73% 73% 72%
Would recommend supplier 32% 33% 39% 30% 35% 36% 34%
Agree supplier values its customers 39% 35% 41% 30% 34% 39% 36%

source - Ofgem

Big 6 gas supliers and customer satisfaction

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source - Ofgem

Gas prices Frequently asked questions

Once you decide which new gas tariff package you want to go ahead with the gas switching process is very simple and safe.

  • 1. Fill in the simple form – Confirm your personal details and set up direct debit or payment details for the new energy supplier.
  • 2. Switching date – The new supplier will ask you to provide a gas meter reading to sort out the previous supplier’s bill correctly and they will also get in touch with your current supplier to inform them about your switch.
  • 3. Cooling off period - There’s 14 days cooling off period (starts from the day of your online switch), during this period you can change mind about switching your gas supply and can stop the switch free of charge.

All of the required information can be found on a recent gas bill to compare gas prices and to get accurate quotes.

  • Your address where you want to compare gas supply
  • Current gas supplier details
  • Your current gas usage in kWh or spend (Monthly or yearly)

If you don’t have a gas bill and you are not sure about your gas consumption, you can use our simple estimator to get a gas quote to see how much you can save by switching your gas supply.

It will depend on your gas supplier. If they are installing gas smart meters in your area then you will get one when you switch to them. If not, they will contact you when they are available. By the end of 2020 every household should get smart meter as part of the national smart meter roll out scheme.

Usually it can take up to 17 days to switch your gas supply from one to another supplier. However, it can take longer with some of the new and smaller supplier when compared to big 6 gas suppliers.

No, you meter and pipes remain the same, so the gas supply will remain on as per usual. Once the switch is completed you’ll notice your bill is from another supplier and will have different gas rates, but the rest remains exactly the same – even the gas that comes into your property is exactly the same from one supplier to another.

Customers switching from 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020 saved an average of £318 a year on a dual fuel tariff.

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