Prepayment energy meter customers may be paying more than they need by being on an expensive tariff, research from Which? has uncovered.
If you’re struggling with your energy bills this winter, don’t think you’re tied to your prepayment meter supplier – it’s possible to switch to get a better deal.
We’ve compared prepayment meter deals and found you could save around £160 by switching from the most to the least expensive tariff.
However you pay your energy bills, make sure you’re getting the best deal for you (based on your energy use) by visiting our independent comparison site Which? Switch.
Save on your prepayment meter costs
We compared all of the prepayment tariffs available in Britain to see which offer the cheapest deals, using data supplied by Energylinx. The tariffs are based on customers using a medium amount of gas and electricity and on average energy prices across the UK.
Npower’s standard prepayment tariff is one of the priciest, with annual costs of £1,299. That’s almost £100 a year more expensive than the cheapest deal we found from OVO Energy – its Simpler tariff costs £1,221 a year for online customers.
Most expensive prepayment tariffs
Utilita – Standard tariff – £1,367.82
Co-operative Energy – Pioneer Variable tariff – £1,356.47
Npower – Standard tariff – £1,299.46
Cheapest prepayment tariffs
OVO Energy – PAYG Energy tariff – £1,208.67 (online only)
Utilita – Smart Energy tariff – £1,212.32
OVO Energy – Simpler Energy tariff – £1,220.78 (online only)
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Switch for a better energy tariff
Energy costs can vary from region to region, and different tariffs are better or worse depending on your energy usage. So the cheapest prepayment tariff for a household that consumes a lot of energy in the North West may not be the best provider for somebody living alone in London.
The only way to find out for sure whether you will benefit from moving to a different energy company is by using our independent Which? Switch site. And if you want to reduce your energy use altogether, we have top tips on how to use less electricity.