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What is dual fuel energy?

Dual fuel energy means you get your gas and electricity from the same supplier. It could save you money and can be more convenient than using separate suppliers, leaving you with one bill and one point of contact. Dual fuel deals don’t always turn out cheaper than having separate energy providers though. 

Dual fuel energy means you get your gas and electricity from the same supplier. It could save you money and can be more convenient than using separate suppliers, leaving you with one bill and one point of contact. Dual fuel deals don’t always turn out cheaper than having separate energy providers though. 

Peter Earl
From the Energy team
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Posted 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

Are dual fuel energy tariffs cheaper?

While it often can be, a dual fuel deal isn’t always cheaper than buying your gas and electricity from separate suppliers.

Some energy suppliers offer a discount for taking both gas and electricity from them, although sometimes the saving is small compared to your overall bill. Tariffs constantly change and this means it’s important to conduct a comparison of the offers available to you. For example, in one year, taking two separate single fuel plans could be best, but, 12 months later, it might be smart to switch to a dual fuel option.

How much could I save with a dual fuel tariff?  

You shouldn’t assume dual fuel is the cheapest option. The key is to compare all the tariffs available and find one that’s right for you – dual fuel or not. 

Here are a few facts about switching suppliers with Compare the Market – all from June 2020.

  • The most popular tariff, E.ON, accounted for 22.34% of switches and saved customers £263.52 each on average.
  • The highest-saving tariff, EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Jul21, saved customers an average of £480.85.
  • Customers aged 50-64 were the most likely to switch, saving on average £317.45.
  • As you can see, there can be some serious savings to be made by switching energy suppliers.

Average savings based on usage information entered by Compare the Market customers during June 2020. Achievable savings can vary among customers depending on individual household usage.

Why switch to a dual fuel tariff?

There are two main reasons people often choose a dual fuel tariff:

  • Less hassle – having your energy supply combined is easier to manage. Your bills are combined so you have a clearer idea of what you’re using and how much it costs. Plus, it also means one quote and depending on the tariffs available at that time, you could also benefit from a saving.
  • One point of contact – if you have an issue with your supply or bill, having one supplier can make this easier to raise issues or make changes to your service.

Do all energy suppliers offer dual fuel tariffs?  

As of March, 2020, 50 suppliers provide both gas and electricity, and five supply only gas and two electricity, so you shouldn’t feel obliged to go down the dual fuel route if it doesn’t make financial sense to do so. You can get different quotes and decide to switch to single or dual fuel tariffs, whichever you prefer.

Is it easy to switch to a dual fuel energy tariff? 

Switching to a dual fuel deal is straightforward. When you compare energy suppliers with us, just choose the option to compare both gas and electricity. We’ll show you a list of dual fuel plans available to you. Once you’ve chosen your tariff, it’s just as easy as switching your suppliers individually – or easier, because you only have to do it once.

There’s no complicated paperwork involved and the process will take place without any interruption to your supply.  

Do note, however, that if you’re on a fixed term deal, there may be early cancellation charges involved with switching before the end of the term. We make it easy for you by showing you any applicable exit fees as part of your results, so you can make the right decision about when to consider switching your energy tariff.  

How can I find the best dual fuel deal?

The best dual fuel deal isn’t really a one-size fits all. Each home uses a different amount of energy, and where you live can also affect your energy price. Energy is a market which rarely rewards loyalty, so one of the best ways to get a better deal on your energy is to switch regularly and take advantage of new deals. Getting on a fixed-rate tariff is a quick and easy way to save money, so don’t let yourself slip onto a variable-rate tariff, as you’ll likely end up paying more than you need to.

However, with so many suppliers out there, finding a better deal for energy can seem daunting. That’s why, at Compare the Market, we aim to make life simple. With just a few details about you and your energy usage, we bring you deals from a wide range of energy suppliers. This makes comparing dual fuel deals easy to manage, all in one place.

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What else should I look for when comparing dual fuel deals?

If you’re looking for the best dual fuel deal, there are range of things that may be important to you:

  • Price – for many this is the number one thing, and by comparing dual fuel deals, you can easily sort your results by the cheapest price to find a better deal.
  • Supplier ratings – if something went wrong with your supply, or you needed to contact your provider for any reason, it’s important to know that your supplier has a good reputation for their service. We include supplier ratings in our comparison service, allowing you to weigh up the benefits. The cheapest quote presented to you may have a lower supplier rating than the next one, so you may decide to pay a little extra.
  • Greener energy – if you’re environmentally conscious about your energy usage, you might want to choose a supplier who specialises in greener energy sources to minimise your carbon footprint.
  • Exit fees – if you’re locked into a contract with a supplier and a better deal comes along, you will want to know how much it will cost you to free yourself from your existing deal. We show the exit fees for all our compared deals, so you know exactly how much it could cost you if you decide to leave early.
  • Contract length – while a price might be lower, it may tie you into a longer deal which may restrict you from switching if a better deal comes along later, forcing you to pay your exit fees.

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