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How do I read my First Utility Energy bill?

Stop struggling with your energy bill — uSwitch's bill breakdown is here to help

We’ve taken a sample First Utility energy bill and shown you where you'll find the key information.

The main info on your First Utility bill

Balance, credit / debit and QR code

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A: Taking note of whether you're in debit or credit to First Utility can be a good indicator of whether or not your direct debit is at the right level to cover your energy usage.

If you're amounting credit during winter months, it's likely you should be paying a lower direct debit amount. If you're in debit to your supplier in summer months, you'll accrue an even larger debt as you head into winter when your usage increases. Your supplier may automatically increase your direct debit amount in this instance.

Supplying regular meter readings to your supplier keeps your balance as accurate as possible.

B: This is an example QR code you would find on your bill. Your bill's unique code contains information about your tariff and usage. Apps such as uSwitch's "Switching Made Simple" app can scan this code, compare your current bill, and inform you if there are cheaper deals to switch to.

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Tariff and usage

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C: Your tariff name could quickly flag whether or not you're on your supplier's often expensive default tariff (standard variable tariff). First Utility's standard variable tariff is called "First Variable". You'll also need your current tariff's name for a comparison.

D: This is the date your current plan ends. After this point you'll be rolled onto a tariff chosen by your supplier, which could cost you more. You should switch again onto a fixed plan at this point to avoid overpaying.

E: If you have an exit fee, you may be charged the stated amount when switching to another plan before the current plan ends. From 49 days before your plan ends, your supplier shouldn't charge you any exit fees.

F: This is your annual usage in Kilowatt hours, based on previous meter readings. uSwitch can use this figure to calculate how much you would pay for the next 12 months on different plans.

Meter details

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G: Your electricity and gas meter numbers (MPAN and MPRN) are displayed on the right hand column of your bill on the corresponding electricity and gas pages. The MPAN starts with S, the gas equivalent (MPRN) is listed as a string of 10 numbers.

More info about your First Utility energy bill

"Could you pay less?" Your supplier will tell you if you are not on their cheapest plan. If you're not, they will state their cheapest plan currently. This was designed to keep people from sticking with overpriced, "dead" tariffs.

Keep in mind that this is only your own supplier’s cheapest, and may not be the cheapest energy plan on the market. (You can compare energy prices to get a full-market look at what's out there.)

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