Each month we scour the energy market to bring you the top five cheapest energy deals. In April, as many as 18 tariffs cost less than £1,000 for a medium user, including Which? Recommended Provider Ovo Energy.
Most of these cheapest tariffs are fixed deals but some now don’t have any exit fee attached, meaning you could switch at any time if energy prices were to fall and you’re not as such ‘locked in’.
Ovo Energy is a Which? Recommended Provider, which means it meets our criteria according to our thorough policy, practices and pricing analysis. Ovo’s Better Energy all online paperless deal is £968 a year.
You can find out which tariff is the cheapest deal for you, based on your own energy usage, by visiting our independent comparison site Which? Switch.
Top five cheapest energy deals
These are the top five cheapest dual fuel deals in mid April. Click the links to find out what each company’s customers think of it (there isn’t a link for GnERGY as it didn’t have enough customers for our satisfaction survey):
1. £913 Extra Energy Fresh Fixed Price Sept 2016 v1 (paperless)
2. £915 GnERGY Fixed June 2016 v1 (paperless)
3. £918 Flow Energy Connect (paperless)
4. £930 Sainsbury’s Energy Fixed Price April 2016
5. £933 First Utility iSave Fixed May 2016 (paperless)
These are all fixed deals, so they can offer some peace of mind. They all have exit fees of between £25 and £30 per fuel, except Flow Energy Connect which doesn’t have any exit fees attached at all. Flow Energy has recently started offering gas and electricity deals again after a pause of a few months when it prepared for the launch of its innovative boiler.
Current standard tariffs from the Big Six
The majority of customers are on a variable (also named standard) tariff and could be paying too much for their gas and electricity. If you’re on a standard tariff with one of the Big Six, you could save over £200 by switching to one of the cheaper deals:
1. Eon £1,135: £222 more expensive than Extra Energy Fresh Fixed Price Sept 2016 v1 (paperless)
2. EDF Energy £1,155: £242 more expensive
3. SSE £1,174: £261 more expensive
4. Scottish Power £1,166: £253 more expensive
5. British Gas £1,156: £243 more expensive
6. Npower £1,169: £256 more expensive
Before switching supplier based on price alone, find out more about the energy companies.
Our research reveals what customers really think of their suppliers, which companies score best and which energy suppliers you’ll want to avoid – read our reviews of energy providers.
(All prices are from Energylinx for a dual fuel medium user -13,500kWh of gas and 3,200kWh of electricity a year – paying by monthly Direct Debit and choosing paperless billing. Prices are averaged across all regions and correct as of 16 April 2015.)