What Are QR Codes on Your Energy Bills?

QR codes

What’s in this guide?


Did you know that a QR (quick response) code can help you instantly compare tariffs?

Yes, really.

Let’s take a closer look at QR codes, and find out not only what they are but how they can help you with your energy comparison.

What is a QR code?

A QR code is typically scanned by your phone with a QR scanning app.

Once the app has scanned the barcode, it will then display information that is usually either in text form or on a webpage.

The government at the time in 2014 took action under the Energy Act to ensure that all suppliers have to include a QR code on customers bills.


They say that having QR codes would raise customer engagement with their energy bills, as well as provide more information for switching.

The published document also said that adding QR codes on your bill would increase competition and development, and it will allow you to transfer useful data on your smartphone.

How can this help me?

Your QR code will contain this information.

  • Tariff name
  • Tariffs costs
  • Your energy usage
  • Yearly bill dates

Thus making it so much easier for you to instantly view your tariff information and use a trusted comparison tool like EnergySeek that will show you the best deals in your area.

Does my bill have a QR code?

This helpful image from EDF shows you not only what your QR code should look like, but likely where it is and also how to take an accurate scanning.

For instance, it is essential that when you take a scanning, you must only use a close-up of the actual QR code, without getting the rest of the bill too.

This is because your scanner will be trying to scan the whole page, not just the QR code.

It’s likely if you do this, it won’t work.

My QR code didn’t work!

Here are a few reasons why it may not work:

  1. It’s not the right code – You may have accidentally have scanned the QR code incorrectly, or you have studied a QR code that isn’t from an energy bill
  2. The code’s info had an error  – This could be an error that is due to the formatting of the actual code in its data.

Either way, you should still be able to get the right information by entering it manually, or you could check out your bill for your tariff information that you can usually find online.

Why compare?

So why compare electricity and gas prices once you have successfully used your QR code?

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.

That’s where EnergySeek comes in.

Although you can use a quick and straightforward comparison tool, you should also have a look at the energy supplier guides.

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
  • Email
  • Phone number


Are you interested in learning more about your energy?

Did you know that you could be saving up to £500 on your energy bills every year?

Take a look at the EnergySeek guides to find out more about your energy, or see reviews of the top 7 energy switching sites to compare gas & electricity.