Your British Gas bill has lots of uses – with its numerous pages, it’s big enough to be wedged under a wobbly table or used as a doorstop. But look beyond the bulk and you’ll see there’s a lot more it could be used for – like understanding how much you’re paying, your energy usage or working out if you’d be better off switching supplier. Because the information contained inside your bill can help you do exactly that – so, if you’re struggling to translate what it means into plain English, then use our interactive guide to understanding your British Gas bill:

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What do I need from my British Gas bill to switch supplier?

All the information needed to switch supplier is on your bill – it’s just about knowing where to look. The most important points are things like supplier and tariff name; whether your bills are paid monthly or annually and your energy consumption – either in kWh (kilowatt hours) or pounds.

Having this information to hand means you can run a quick energy comparison – but if you don’t have your British Gas bill to hand, don’t worry – you can still compare tariffs by providing estimations. It’s just that the more details you have, the more accurate the search.

And if you have a smartphone, then finding cheaper gas and electricity just got even easier. Download our Snapt app on your mobile and simply point your phone at the QR code you’ll find on your bill (it’s the box that looks like a magic eye picture). The code contains all the information our search engine needs to find a tariff that suits your needs exactly – find out more in our guide; How Snapt works.

Why is my British Gas bill so complicated?

British Gas haven’t purposely made their bills complicated; it’s just that they contain a lot of information. It’s all there to give customers visibility over what their tariff is costing them and how much they’re using.

Your bill provides a breakdown for the billing period, showing you how much gas and electricity has been used and how much you’re paying for it. It’ll also provide a comparison of your current usage compared to the same time last year which is a handy way to see if anything has drastically changed.

Once you’ve broken down all the elements of your bill, you should find the information slightly more straightforward and easy to understand (hopefully).

Why are my British Gas bills so expensive?

British Gas aren’t just charging for gas and electricity. They’ve also got to include the cost of delivering the energy to your home as well as taking into account government taxes; subsidies for environmental projects; operating costs etc.

Can I reduce my British Gas energy usage?

We can all reduce our energy use around the home, and little changes can sometimes be the most effective – they don’t always cost a lot and can add up to big savings throughout the year. Things like turning the thermostat down by one degree or taking showers instead of baths, are all good examples of small changes that can help save energy and reduce costs. For more tips see our guide to reducing your energy costs.

Should I cancel my British Gas contract?

Before cancelling your fixed rate tariff, check to see if there are any early exit charges. If there are, they could wipe out any savings made by switching. You can find exit fee information on your British Gas bill and our interactive guide above will help you locate it.

If you are charged for leaving early and it’s not worth making the switch right now, then wait until you receive notice of when your fixed tariff is due to end. Under Ofgem’s new Fairer treatment standards of conduct, customers should get notice between 42 and 49 days before the end of a contract. You can use this time to decide whether you want to stick or switch and suppliers can’t charge you an exit fee.

Why should I compare energy?

Comparing gives you the best chance of finding a good deal. You can of course stick with British Gas and take any lower priced alternative tariff they have to offer – but why should you?

When it comes to energy, loyalty doesn’t pay and customers are estimated to be spending £1.4 billion more than they have to by sticking to expensive tariffs. So, take a peek over the parapet and take the leap – start comparing energy deals – you might find it’s worth it.

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