2. The name of your energy supplier
In this case, British Gas.
British Gas will have separate pages for gas and electricity.
In this case, British Gas.
This section shows the name of your energy tariff - in this example the tariff is called ‘Collective Fix February 2017’. When using our energy supplier comparison tool, you’ll find your tariff from our drop-down list. If you can’t find the exact name, then pick one that’s closest to your current tariff.
If you have an Economy 7 meter, you should have two sections to your electricity bill - one for the day and one for the night.
Another way to see if you have an Economy 7 meter is to look at your electricity supply number. An Economy 7 meter should have a 02 in the top second box.
In this example, the box has 01, so it isn’t an Economy 7 meter.
Which payment method do you use - monthly or quarterly Direct Debit, payment on receipt of your bill, or payment meter?
This section will show your estimated usage over the past 12 months in kWh.
This shows the date your tariff is due to end. Ofgem’s Fair Treatment Standards now mean that your energy supplier can’t charge you an exit fee if you decide to switch and have fewer than 49 days until the end of your fixed term tariff.
This will show you the exit fee you’ll be charged if you decide to switch more than 49 days before your tariff is due to end.
Take a moment to consider this, as the amount you’ll be saving by switching may be more than the exit fee, so it might be worth paying anyway. In this case, the exit fee is £30.
Finally, to switch you’ll need to pay off any remaining balance from your bill. But don’t worry, you can pay this once you’ve switched.
Part of the switch process involves a meter reading on the day of the switch. If you’re in debit you’ll be sent a final bill from your old supplier. If you’re in credit you should receive a refund for the remaining amount owed to you. See how the switching process works.
As with all energy suppliers, British Gas bills can seem overly complicated. It’s just that they contain a lot of detailed information.
Your bill provides a breakdown showing you how much energy you’ve consumed and how much you’re paying for it. It will also provide a comparison of your current usage compared to the same time last year, which is a handy way to see if anything’s drastically changed.
Check out our simple guide to understanding your energy bill for more information.
British Gas aren’t just charging for gas and electricity. They also have to allow for the cost of delivering the energy to your home as well as taking into account government taxes, subsidies for environmental projects, operating costs etc.
We can all reduce our energy use around the home. Small changes can sometimes be the most effective. They can add up to big savings throughout the year as well as help to reduce your carbon footprint. These include:
For more ways to reduce your energy usage, check out our handy top energy-saving tips.
Not necessarily; you may be happy with your British Gas contract or they may have offered you a lower priced alternative. If you have to pay an exit fee, you'll also have to weigh up whether you'll save more by switching. But as the switch process is so straightforward, it’s certainly worth shopping around and comparing tariffs from other suppliers to see if you can cut your bills. We take into account any penalties that we are aware of when calculating your potential savings.
Our data reveals that 50% of customers could save up to £345** on their dual fuel energy costs by switching energy suppliers.