What’s in this guide?
As energy prices are predicted to rise by a massive 30% to 40% in the next five years, many customers are faced with the same questions.
Am I getting the best energy deals? Is my supplier going to hike my prices in the future?
Unfortunately, the answer to the latter is most likely yes.
Some customers may have already experienced an unexpected rise in the cost of their energy, which has caused a huge outcry on trusted websites such as Trustpilot.
Forresters on Trustpilot: On 18.4.18, Engie informed me the price would rise by 21% to £1195 (same experience as another reviewer this year. No explanation was given why a Fixed Tariff could become Variable – take it or leave it.
It does completely depend on your supplier though, as some customers have still found certain energy companies offer you the best prices even with the rising energy prices.
Steven on Trustpilot: Been with Green Energy for over two years and despite the unfortunate price rise recently still the best value for me. My bills are no more than £28.00 a month!
So why compare electricity and gas prices instead of switching to the first supplier you see?
Because they may not offer the best deal for you and your home.
Many different suppliers will broadcast the best features of their tariffs, who wouldn’t? But unfortunately, this usually isn’t the whole story.
They will tell you everything you need to know about each energy supplier, including the tariffs they offer, their extra services and perhaps most importantly, what their customers are saying about them.
This allows you to better compare suppliers as sometimes, the cost isn’t everything.
How do I compare?
Have you decided that comparing might be a good idea?
You need to take into consideration what it is that you want the most in your supplier. This could be value for money, customer satisfaction or even based on the extra services that they offer, such as the British Gas boiler care.
Next, you need to have some information to hand. This will make it a lot easier to compare electricity and gas tariffs – you will need this information:
- Your location
- Annual consumption or spend
- The size of your home
- Phone number
Finally, you can then use an online energy comparison website to compare tariffs and energy suppliers to see which would be best for you.
How much have prices risen in 2018?
How much have prices changed in 2018? Are they going to rise again?
Take a look below to see what rising prices you can expect later in 2018.
|Supplier||SVT Tariff Name||Previous SVT price||New SVT price||Difference||Comes into effect from:|
|Ebico||Ebico Zero||£1,101||£1,161||£60||5.50%||16th January|
|Octopus Energy||Flexible Octopus||£908||£931||£23||2.50%||15th February|
|Pure Planet||100% Green||£860||£872||£12||1.40%||31st March, 1st May|
|ENGIE||Safe And Easy||£980||£1,038||£58||5.90%||4th April|
|Our Power||Our Best||£848||£939||£91||10.70%||4th April|
|Ecotricity||Green Electricity + Green Gas||£1,201||£1,258||£58||4.80%||14th April|
|Igloo Energy||IGLOO PIONEER||£845||£871||£26||3.10%||16th April|
|E.ON||E.ON Energy Plan||£1,123||£1,153||£30||2.70%||19th April|
|British Gas||British Gas Standard Variable Tariff||£1,101||£1,161||£60||5.50%||29th May|
|Scottish Power||Standard||£1,147||£1,211||£64||5.60%||1st June|
|EDF Energy||Standard (Variable)||£1,142||£1,158||£16||1.40%||7th June|
|Ovo||Simpler Energy||£1,097||£1,150||£53||4.80%||8th June|
|npower||Standard SC||£1,166||£1,230||£64||5.50%||17th June|
|First utility||First Variable||£1,131||£1,191||£60||5.30%||23rd July|
|Utility Warehouse||Value||£1,125||£1,175||£50||4.40%||1st July|
|E.ON||E.ON Energy Plan||£1,153||£1,208||£55||4.80%||16th August|
|Bristol Energy||Standard Variable||£997||£1,079||£82||8.20%||9th September|
Top Gas & Electricity Suppliers
Take a look at some of EnergySeek’s top picks for electricity and gas suppliers, which are some of the highest rated companies on trusted websites such as Trustpilot.
Octopus Energy is an award-winning energy supplier that has been taking over customers from other companies such as M&S energy as well as Iresa when it went out of business earlier this year.
Not only does it offer one of the cheapest tariffs on the market today, but they have also got a proven record of being one of the best for customer service.
Octopus Energy was ranked at number three in the Which? Survey in 2018, and it’s the only energy supplier to earn the title of a Which? Recommended Provider for 2018.
Liz Griffith on Trustpilot: Simple operations will always win! No overcomplicated mumbo-jumbo like the rest!
Bulb is an energy supplier that is quickly growing in popularity in 2018 with over 5,000 reviews on Trustpilot, boasting a high 5-star rating with 92% of their total reviews positive.
The only potential negative with Bulb is that they only offer one tariff, and it’s a variable rate tariff.
What does this mean? It means that the cost of your energy is dependent on the open market, which is affected by things such as politics and the time of the year.
You could make some significant savings if prices go down, but of course, you would run the risk of the energy prices increasing and leaving you with a big bill.
Zac on Trustpilot: Great company, very cheap and true to their word. I would recommend them, I have saved a lot of money since being with them.
At number 9 in the Which? Energy Survey 2018, although So Energy doesn’t rank as highly as it’s independent competitors, it is still above the ‘big six’ and has a great 5-star rating on Trustpilot.
They claim to give their customers great value for money, honesty and simplicity, with 100% renewable energy and low price commitment.
Melekio Sibanda on Trustpilot: Most important thing for me is the excellent communication between you and us. Timely responses to queries. Thank you for that, and I have already recommended one person to you!
With experience of over 50 years with a bigger supplier, although Affect is a relatively new supplier, they aren’t completely new to the industry.
86% of their 1,500+ reviews on Trustpilot fall within the 5-star category, though they don’t seem to have made it to the Which? Energy Survey 2018 – this could be because there weren’t enough people in the survey that were customers.
Mr Ratzke on Trustpilot: A very pleasant bunch of people to deal with, on the phone or via the website and competitive in their offering. We have two separate supplies from them which we manage via one account. Could not be easier.
|Company||Bulb||So Energy||Affect||Octopus Energy|
|Overall Trustpilot Score||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★|
|Discounts||No||No||£15.75 per fuel per year||No|
|The average cost for dual fuel three bedrooms home||£82||£78||£90.00||£77.76|
|Positive Reviews on Trustpilot||92% Positive||86% Positive||86% Positive||91% Positive|
|Supplier||Tariff||Average Annual Bill*|
|First Utility||First Fixed March 2020 v2||£573|
|Powershop||Top Shopper June 2018 Issue 1||£847|
|Avro||Simple and Glory||£869|
|Together Energy||Together Fixed Jun 2018 v2||£874|
|One Select||OneSelect Secure Summer 1 Year Fixed 2018||£887|
|One Select||Secure Summer 18 Month Fixed 2018||£887|
|Tonik||Positively Greener v6||£887|
|Toto Energy||TOTO Discount Variable Saver 2||£888|
|Economy Energy||Direct Saver||£891|