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What’s the best gas and electricity plan on the market?

The last few weeks have seen a deluge of tariffs hit the market, but which supplier is offering the best plan for you?

Energy market overview

Energy market overview

There is a new cheapest plan – click here for an updated best buy table

When it comes to energy plans, different people have different needs. Although many are simply interested in getting the cheapest deal available, others want the peace of mind guaranteed by long term fixed rate plans, or want to avoid standing charges.

The table below and accompanying explanations should help you make the best choice for your home.

If you have any questions let us know in the comments section.

Best buy table

Energy best buy table (as of Thursday, 23rd October, 2014)



Plan name

Average bill size

Tariff type


Extra Energy

Fresh Fixed Price Nov 2015 v3




First Utility

iSave Fixed November 2015 (v35)




OVO Energy

Better Energy (all online)





Online Price Fix November 2015




Green Star Energy

Rate Saver 12M Fixed 1408 (paperless)



Source: Based on a medium usage customer using 3,200 kWh of electricity and 13,500 kWh of gas paying by direct debit with bill sizes averaged across all regions.

Cheapest energy plans

Small suppliers continue to top the best buy table with Extra Energy, First Utility and OVO Energy holding on to the top three spots.

Extra Energy’s Fresh Fixed Price Nov 2015 will fix your rates until November 2015 and will cost the average family £976 per year, with £25 cancellation fees. Next up is First Utility’s iSave Fixed November 2015 plan, which ends in November next year and costs an average of £977 per annum, with £30 per fuel cancellation fees.

Ovo Energy is in third place with its Better Energy (online) plan which lasts 12 months from going live and costs £998. The plan has £30 per fuel cancellation fees, but also gives customers 3% interest on any credit balance and is made up of 15% renewable energy.

It is worth noting that not all small suppliers provide access to the Warm Home Discount. Find out more here.

What about the big six?

The big six have been mounting a bit of a fight back in the past few weeks and have managed to get a few plans into the top ten cheapest deals. At the moment the cheapest available is npower’s Online Price Fix Nov 2015, which will set back the average home by £1,000 per year. The plan will fix your energy rates for a year and does not carry any exit fees.

Another option is Sainsbury’s Energy’s Fixed Price October 2015 (in partnership with British Gas), which costs an average of £1,009 and carries £30 per fuel cancellation fees.

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  • Geoff Griffiths

    After confirming my suspicions with a final check on uSwitch’s own comparison page I must warn any readers that Michele Martinelli appears to be rather misinformed.
    Please be aware that there is only ONE average customer in the country. The other millions of bill payers should look carefully at their individual consumption before following Mr Martinelli’s misleading implicit advice on the ‘best buy’.

    • Michele Martinelli

      Hi Geoff,
      The average user is based on energy regulator Ofgem’s average consumption figures, which are 3,200 kWh of electricity and 13,500 kWh of gas per year.
      This figure is used to help give an idea of how much an energy plan costs, but of course not everyone has the same consumption levels. This is why we always recommend running a comparison to find the best deal for you.

      Hope that makes sense.

      • Geoff Griffiths

        Sorry for my rather mischievous ‘misinformed’ tag, Michele! Our consumption is totally flipped against the average with electricity being consistently higher than gas (yes, we are keeping a close eye on the reasons for that!).
        I have to agree that, if you use the consumption figures from your suppliers bills, uSwitch will show the cheapest deal for your particular circumstances.

  • Ivan Hoskin

    When will energy companies abandon standing charges and intrtoduce minimum charges, instead? That way, the expense of providing the service would be covered and it would be easier to compare prices without having to forecast the weather for years ahead ! Most consumers would pass the minimum charge, anyway. SIMPLE

  • kaekae

    U switch take a percentage of commission on every sale and also sell your details on once the comparison is complete. In the small print they also explain that because it takes 5 weeks to switch suppliers if your tariff is pulled by the energy company before the 5 weeks is complete they will provide you with the next best one. So your savings are never accurate on comparison website and your never guaranteed the tariff you apply for. Go direct and get the best savings.

  • Brian Davis

    I agree I was quoted a £200+ reduction in my total annual bill by USwitch but now been advised by OVO after changing from SSE that my bill will be £1238 this year and not the £1094 as advised. A big difference from the USwitch figure! How much commision was given to USwitch by Ovo I wonder??

    • Michele Martinelli

      Hi Brian,
      When you carry out a comparison with uSwitch, energy plans are ranked purely in order of savings. There are a few reasons you may not have made the level of savings indicated. Some are related to your personal projection – – but it could also be linked to higher consumption.
      Hope this helps.