What is dual fuel energy?

What is dual fuel energy?

Dual fuel energy means using the same supplier to get your gas and your electricity. It can potentially save you money, but it’s not guaranteed to be the right tariff for you. Here’s what you need to know

Mubina Pirmohamed From the Energy team
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Is dual fuel cheaper than buying gas and electricity from separate suppliers?

Not necessarily. Some energy providers 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 there could be options in one year that would mean a single fuel plan is better for you whereas at another time a dual fuel option would be better. So, it's worth shopping around for the best prices.

Is dual fuel cheaper than buying gas and electricity from separate suppliers?

Why switch to a dual fuel package?

The main reason people sometimes pick a dual fuel plan is convenience. One bill. One Direct Debit. One point of contact. One telephone call should anything go wrong. And if you manage your account online – which can make it cheaper – there’s only one website to deal with. Plus, it also means one quote and depending on the tariffs available at that time, you could also benefit from a saving.

Do all energy suppliers offer dual fuel tariffs?

At the moment, 57 suppliers provide both gas and electricity, and seven supply only gas and five 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.

Do all energy suppliers offer dual fuel tariffs?

Is it easy to switch?

Yes. 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 those details as part of your results so you can make the right decision about when to consider switching your energy tariff. 

Potential savings from switching to dual fuel

Like we said, 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 May 2018.

For people who switched with us, the average saving was between £179 and £214, depending on where in the county they live.

The most popular tariff, Avro Energy, accounted for 12.6% of switches and saved customers £240.35 each on average.

The highest-saving tariffs, such as Simplicity Exclusive EHL saved customers an average of £368 and Together Fixed April 19 saved new customers over £261 on average.

Customers aged 50-64 were the most likely to switch, saving on average £214.

As you can see, there can be some serious savings to be made by switching energy suppliers. Whether you want a dual fuel energy arrangement or simply the cheapest provider, we can help.

Average savings based on usage information entered by comparethemarket.com customers during May 2018. Achievable savings can vary among customers depending on individual household usage.

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