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Compare Dual Fuel Tariffs - Switch Gas and Electricity Suppliers

With Quotezone you can compare cheap dual fuel energy tariffs and help reduce your energy bills.


Considering shopping around for a new energy supplier? Look no further. Our fast, easy and accurate energy comparison system will show you all of the domestic UK energy products available to you today and it’s completely free to use.

With our energy comparison system you can compare the cheapest prices of dual energy tariffs and switch gas and electricity providers. That is, gas and electricity supplied together in one product. There are two main benefits of a dual fuel tariffs price and convenience.

Companies offering dual fuel plans will sometimes offer you an additional discount if you buy both gas and electricity from them. This can vary from being a fixed reduction in the overall bill to a special rate for one or other of the fuels you take.

The benefit of convenience associated with dual fuel is that you only need to deal with one company should there be a bill query, complaint or when moving home. Certain suppliers will also offer the convenience of a single bill.

Our energy results allow you to switch between comparing dual tariffs, to electricity only tariffs and gas only tariffs without entering your information again, so you can be sure to find the best deal for your needs.

We show all domestic energy tariffs on the market today so you won’t find a better deal on any other comparison website or direct from the supplier. We even feature the newer independent energy suppliers. Not all comparison websites do. We are totally impartial, with no bias towards any energy supplier.

It only takes a couple of minutes to compare gas and electricity suppliers – simply provide some basic information about your current energy supply on our online form to find out how much you could save on your energy bills. Why not get a cheap quote now?

Compare gas and electricity prices today and see how much you could save on your annual energy bills.

FAQ

Energy FAQ

What do I need to switch online?

For an accurate quote, it’s best to have a recent utility bill in front of you as we’ll need to know your current consumption or expenditure along with you current tariff and postcode. If you don’t know how much energy you use we can still get you an estimate.

Then, if you find a tariff you’d like to switch to, you’ll just need to complete a form with details about you, your property and bank account if you are planning to pay by direct debit. Rest assured our web pages are secure, and your details will be encrypted and held securely.

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Why do you need my information?

To find the best deal for you we need to know how much energy you currently use and compare this with the tariffs available today.

So we can work out how much you currently use and spend, we need to know your current suppliers, current tariffs, your current payment method and either your current spend or consumption. It is better to tell us the consumption figure as this allows a more accurate calculation.

To work out the cheapest tariff for you to switch to, we need to know your supply area and preferred future payment method.

We also ask for your email address so that we may contact you about your results. We may also use your email address in line with our privacy policy.

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What if I don't know my energy usage?

If you don't have a recent bill to hand we will help you estimate your usage on our online form.

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What happens after I click ‘Apply Online’?

After you’ve completed the switch application, you’ll receive an email from us to confirm the supplier you’ve chosen to switch to.

Within the next 10-14 working days you should then hear from the new supplier. If they don’t hear from you, you’ll still transfer suppliers after your cooling-off period is complete – so you really only need to contact them if you want to cancel your switch.

Your new supplier will arrange the transfer for you. You do not need to contact your previous supplier. Once you have signed up for a new supply contract, your new supplier will let your previous supplier know on what date the change is taking place. You should ensure that you pay your final bill promptly. If you pay by direct debit or standing order, please make sure you cancel these arrangements once the final bill has been paid.

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Do I need to contact my current supplier?

No. Your new supplier will arrange the transfer for you. You do not need to contact your previous supplier. Once you have signed up for a new supply contract, your new supplier will let your previous supplier know on what date the change is taking place. You only need to send your old supplier meter readings on the day of your switch and ensure that any outstanding bills are paid. If you pay by direct debit or standing order, please make sure you cancel these arrangements once the final bill has been paid.

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Will there be any interruption to my gas or electricity supply if I switch?

Absolutely not. Your new supplier will use exactly the same wires, pipes and meters that you currently use. Your new supplier will also contact your existing supplier to arrange for the transfer of your supply. You will be asked for meter readings that will be used to both open your new account and close your old one. So your energy supply will not be interrupted, and you will not have to pay two suppliers at the same time. No physical work will need to be done to your property and the pipes will stay the same.

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When will I start paying my new supplier?

Your old supplier will send you a final bill for the period up until your switch date. On that day, your new supplier will take over. The actual date that you are charged by your new supplier will depend on the billing terms agreed with your new supplier.

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Do I have to cancel my Direct Debits?

Just to make sure you are not charged incorrectly we advise you call your bank and cancel your direct debit to your old supplier after the final payment is taken.

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How long will my switch take?

As of January 2015, the majority of switches will take roughly 17 days (three days plus a two-week cooling off period). Your new supplier will contact you to let you know your exact switch date. However please be aware that in certain circumstances some switches can take up to 6 weeks.

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How can I make sure I'm not billed twice?

Your new supplier will only start charging you from the switch date so you won’t pay twice for the same thing. Your new supplier will contact you after you’ve switched to give you your switch date.

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Will I be charged a cancellation fee?

If you’re on a fixed plan it may include a cancellation penalty if you switch before the end of the fixed period, so check the terms and conditions of your plan. Even if your plan has cancellation fees most suppliers will waive them if you switch within the last month of your plan.

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Can I change my mind?

If you change your mind, and want to cancel your switch, you must contact the new supplier directly. Please allow 2 working days for your new supplier's system to be updated with your switch request before contacting them.

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What happens next?

Today - We've sent you email confirmation of your switch. Please save this email for reference.

7 to 14 days - You will be contacted by your new supplier to notify you of your new switch date. Please note you have a 14 day cool off period from the date you made your application to switch to cancel this switch if you wish. To cancel please contact your new supplier directly.

Up to 6 weeks - On the day of the switch, take a meter reading and send this to your old supplier. Pay your final bill and cancel any Direct Debits.

Switch complete - Start saving on your energy bills!

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What if I am in credit with my old supplier?

If you are in credit when you switch supplier, the money should be refunded to your account. But it's worth keeping an eye out for the payment and chasing it up if necessary.

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I am in debt to my supplier. Can I still switch?

If you havea prepayment meter and an outstanding balance your current supplier may object to your request to switch. However, if your outstanding balance is £500 or less per fuel, you may still be able to switch by agreeing to move the outstanding balance to your chosen supplier. For this option to progress your current supplier will need to share details of your outstanding balance with your chosen supplier. Your weekly repayment rate will remain unchanged, should the switch be successful.

If your outstanding balance is more than £500 per fuel, your switch cannot be processed online and you should contact your current supplier to understand your options.

If you pay by cheque, cash or Direct Debit, it depends on the supplier and you should contact them for more details.

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What if I don’t use gas in my home?

In that case, do not worry about applying for a dual fuel contract. Please select the option to compare ’Electric only’ at the top of our form.

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What are the benefits of signing up to a dual fuel contract (gas and electricity from the same supplier)?

There are two main benefits - price and convenience.

  • Companies offering dual fuel packages will sometimes offer you an additional discount if you buy both gas and electricity from them. This can vary from being a fixed reduction in the overall bill to a special rate for one or other of the fuels you take.
  • The benefit of convenience associated with dual fuel is that you only need to deal with one company should there be a bill query, complaint or when moving home. Certain suppliers will also offer the convenience of a single bill.
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Why are some suppliers or tariffs unavailable?

Sometimes we cannot switch you directly to a new tariff on our website because

  • a tariff may be unavailable to you due to your current circumstances e.g. you are currently receiving your gas and / or electricity from the supplier or
  • we do not have a commercial relationship with the supplier.

However we include all plans in your results to ensure we offer you a fair and full comparison.

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What is Ofgem?

Ofgem is the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. They are a non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority, recognised by EU Directives. Their principal duty is to protect the interests of consumers, both present and future. They do this in a variety of ways including:

  • promoting value for money
  • promoting security of supply and sustainability, for present and future generations of consumers, domestic and industrial users
  • the supervision and development of markets and competition
  • regulation and the delivery of Government schemes.

They work effectively with, but are independent of, government, the energy industry and other stakeholders within a legal framework determined by the UK government and the European Union.

They are not an advice agency nor are they a statutory regulator. Other bodies such as Consumer Direct, Citizens Advice, local authority trading standards and the Office of Fair Trading play these roles.

Ofgem is the best place to find help dealing with your energy supplier or to learn more about the energy industry in general. www.ofgem.gov.uk

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Where can I find information on energy efficiency?

Increasing your energy efficiency at home can be simpler than you think. There are plenty of ways to save energy and money that won't affect your lifestyle. Find more information on how to power your home efficiently from the following websites:

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What are gas meter (MPRN) and electricity (MPAN) numbers and how do I find them?

Your MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number) is the unique identifying number of the gas meter at your property. It is a 10 digit number, sometimes referred to as an "M" number, and can be found on your gas bill (generally on the back of the bill). If you can't locate your MPRN on the back of your gas bill or on your meter, you can call the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524.

Your MPAN is the unique identifying number of the electricity meter at your property. It is often referred to as a "Supply Number" or "S" number, and it can be found on your electricity bill (generally on the back of the bill). If you can't locate your number, you should contact your current electricity supplier.

Some suppliers do not require you to provide this information to complete a switch and can look up this information for you.

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What is an IGT (Independent Gas Transporter)?

The bulk of Britain's gas supplies are transported around the country by the National Grid. But in some instances, the job is done by an independent gas transportation (IGT) firm. About one million customers are currently served by an IGT, which is a small percentage of UK households.

An IGT is more likely to operate the gas distribution system if you live in a newer home that was built after 1995 when the market was opened up to competition. For example, IGTs frequently supply gas to modern housing developments because they offer competitive rates to house builders and developers to install a gas connection.

To make absolutely sure whether or not your gas is delivered by an IGT, you can look at the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) on your gas bill. If the MPRN is 10 digits long and begins with 74, 75, 76 or 77 then you are supplied by an Independent Gas Transporter. Alternatively you can call the Meter Point Administration Service on 0870 608 1524.

There is nothing wrong with IGTs.To transport gas a firm must hold a licence and satisfy strict safety requirements. However they can work out more expensive for customers because the energy supplier must pay both the National Grid and the IGT for the gas supply.Some energy suppliers will not accept new customers with an IGT, some will charge a fee and some will absorb the extra cost.

You should bear the charges in mind if you are comparing energy prices. Comparison websites cannot detect whether your address is served by an IGT, so the deals that come up on the screen will not include any extra costs. If you are currently supplied by an IGT, it's best to call your chosen new energy supplier to check whether or not there are any additional charges before switching.

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What is a kWh (kilowatt-hour)?

A kWh stands for kilowatt-hour - the unit used to measure energy use. 1 kWh will power 40 watt bulb for 25 hours

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What is the Tariff Comparison Rate (TCR)?

TCR is a rate per kWh that allows you to compare your tariff to other tariffs by taking account of the unit rate and standing charge

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What is the Personal Projection?

The Personal Projection estimates how much you're likely to pay for energy over the next 12 months. It takes into account the end date of a tariff if its fixed term, and the tariff you would roll on to at the end of a fixed term. This figure includes any discounts and VAT.

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What is TIL?

Tariff Information Labels (TILs) are a simple breakdown of the key details relating to energy tariffs for gas and electricity. TILs are printed on consumers’ Annual Statements and energy bills and are available to view on energy providers’ websites as of 31st March 2014.

Ofgem introduced TILs to make it easier for consumers to understand energy tariffs and make them easier to compare.

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What happens if my new supplier increases its prices or changes contract terms?

The supplier must provide at least 10 days’ notice in writing to announce significant changes in the terms of contract. You will then have a further 14 days to decide and let your existing supplier know whether you intend to end your contract and switch to another supplier. If you do decide to move within this timeframe, you will continue to be billed for the energy you use at the old contract terms until such time as you transfer to your new supplier. You will not be liable for any cancellation fees.

If you are unhappy with any price increase, please come back to us to see if we can get you a better deal.

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How do I make a complaint about an energy supplier?

If your complaint is regarding the supply of gas or electricity arranged via this website or the process of switching to a new supplier, then you should complain directly to that energy supplier. The relevant energy supplier will have its own complaints procedure. If you require their contact details please contact our customer relations team who will be happy to assist you.

We cannot answer complaints on behalf of an energy supplier or accept responsibility for any such complaints. We recommend that you visit the website of the energy supplier and follow their complaints procedure if you wish to make a complaint against them.

If an energy supplier is unable to resolve a complaint to your satisfaction and you have received a “deadlock” letter, or if your complaint is 8 weeks old or more you can contact the Ombudsman Services: Energy. This is a free, independent body that looks into complaints between customers and their energy suppliers.

Ombudsman Services: Energy contact details
Telephone: 0330 440 1624 (Mon - Fri, 9am – 5pm)
Website: www.ombudsman-services.org/energy
Address: Ombudsman Services: Energy, PO Box 966, Warrington, WA4 9DF
Email: enquries@os-energy.co.uk

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What should I do if I have difficulty paying my bills?

Under the terms of their supply license, suppliers must offer you help and advice if you have difficulties paying your bills. You should contact your supplier as soon as possible to discuss available options if you think that you may get into difficulties paying your bill.

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Are the rates shown up to date?

Energy suppliers send us their new rates as they become available. We also monitor the market for changes. Click here to see when rates were last updated.

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How do we make money?

Quotezone’s energy comparison service is completely free for you to use. We have agreed deals with some gas and electricity suppliers to receive a small commission payment when a customer chooses to switch through us. However, this does not affect the rankings of suppliers in your results.

Click here to see a list of the companies with which we have commercial agreements

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What is the Warm Home Discount?

The Warm Home Discount is a £140 rebate offered by some suppliers to pensioners or those on a low income in England, Wales and Scotland. The Warm Home Discount Scheme is run by energy companies. The largest ones are required by law to offer this rebate. The money isn’t paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, usually between September and March.

The scheme for winter 2016 to 2017 is now closed. If you qualified, you should have received your discount.

The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

Pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meters

You can also qualify for the discount if you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

Your electricity supplier can tell you how you’ll get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.

Who qualifies for a Warm Home Discount?

You qualified for the discount if on 10 July 2016 all of the following apply:

  • your electricity supplier was part of the scheme
  • your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill
  • you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)

The scheme for winter 2016 to 2017 is now closed.

If you don’t qualify

You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you don’t get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:

  • you’re on a low income
  • you get certain means-tested benefits

Check with your supplier to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.

How to claim a Warm Home Discount

If you qualified, you’ll have received a letter by 16 December 2016 telling you how to get the discount.

Your electricity supplier should have applied the discount to your bill by the end of May 2017.

If you didn’t get a letter

Contact the Warm Home Discount Team if you didn’t get a letter but think you qualified.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Telephone: 0345 603 9439

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Find out about call charges

Warm Home Discount Team
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Peel Park
Brunel Way
Blackpool
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If you don’t qualify for the discount

You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you don’t qualify because you don’t get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.

More information on applying to your energy supplier for the Warm Home Discount at www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme.

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Ofgem

Ofgem accredited

Our energy comparison service is accredited to the

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Our energy comparison service is accredited by Ofgem. This means that our service is:

  • impartial – not biased to any supplier
  • comprehensive – compares all domestic tariffs from all suppliers
  • accurate and up to date

More information is available on the Ofgem website at www.ofgem.gov.uk

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