Npower has teamed up with Nest to offer a deal that includes a new online fixed energy tariff and a Nest Learning thermostat at a reduced price.
Npower is offering a Nest Learning thermostat for a reduced price of £99, including installation, if people sign up to its new online duel fuel tariff, the Intelligent Fix – April 2017.
Paiing by direct debit, the tariff would cost customers around £1,217 a year (based on Ofgem’s standard medium consumption figures), and the price would be fixed until 30 April 2017.
The Nest thermostat aims to regulate the heat in your home without you having to schedule it, as you would with normal heating controls. It also has wireless capabilities, so you can turn your heating down or up when away from your home, hopefully saving you money.
We haven’t looked at the Nest yet, but we recently reviewed the Hive thermostat, a similar device – find out how it works and if we thought the Hive was worth buying.
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Compare fixed energy tariffs
To see whether this deal is worth signing up for, we have looked at the prices of similar fixed tariffs. Here are the cheapest tariffs fixed to 2017:
- First Utility: iSave Fixed September 2017 – £1,169
- EDF Energy: Blue + Price Freeeeze July 2017 – £1,210
- Npower: Intelligent Fix April 2017 – £1,217
- Scottish Power: Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy April 2017 (online) – £1,218
- Co-operative Energy: Fixed to March 2017 – £1,226
The Nest Learning thermostat normally costs £249, including installation. You can get the Hive, a similar thermostat, for £199, also including installation. Both aim to save you money, an estimated £150 a year on gas bills with the Hive and between £9 and £353 with the Nest. But these figures would vary depending on your usage.
Pros and cons of fixed energy tariffs
There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing a fixed energy tariff. On the plus side, you know exactly how much your energy will cost per unit for the duration of your deal, and won’t be affected by price increases.
A downside of fixed energy tariffs can be that you will sometimes end up paying more for your energy than those on variable packages (although this is less often the case now than it used to be). You also won’t benefit if energy prices drop.
It’s worth noting that there is a £50 exit fee for each fuel type if you do need to leave the tariff, which is quite high for an exit fee, so it’s worth taking this into account.
To find out more about the different types of packages on offer, read energy tariffs explained.