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You could be overpaying by hundreds of pounds each year if you don’t shop around for your gas provider. The charges on your gas bill will change based on your energy usage and where you live, but the price you pay for each unit of gas is all down to the energy tariff you’re on.

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Compare energy deals to find the best gas prices

Run an energy comparison using Utility Saving Expert’s free, impartial, Ofgem regulated comparison tool to find the best deal for you.

When comparing gas deals, reference your annual gas statement so you can input precise data. This helps you create a detailed picture to accurately judge whether you are on the best plan for your energy usage or whether there’s a better tariff available.

Review this every year to check whether you’re on the best gas plan.

Understanding your gas usage in kWh

Gas statements will include important household data like your gas consumption, displayed in a measure of energy called kilowatt hour (kWh).

You are billed in kWh by your utility company because this measures how much energy your appliances use, and for how long. A kilowatt (kW) is the power required for an appliance to work, and a kilowatt hour (kWh) is the energy used each hour that appliance is operating.

Even with kWh as the global measurement for energy, there is no single, consistent price for gas. It varies depending on who you are buying it from and what is written in your contract, so the cost of each kWh could be different for each gas supplier or energy tariff. According to National Statistics, the average cost of gas is 4.17p per kWh.

Most contracts will also include a daily standing charge, which remains the same no matter how much gas you use. The average price of standing charges is £84.62 per year.

How to compare gas providers set prices

Energy companies decide what to charge for gas based on a range of factors including regulations and energy price caps, global production and supply chain costs. Price changes can even be caused by the weather.

Gas providers often purchase gas well in advance, sometimes even years ahead of time. This strategic move helps protect the energy companies from gas price rises. Just like suppliers protect themselves from prices hikes, you can too. Choose a fixed-rate tariff to know exactly what you’ll be paying for gas for an agreed period of time, regardless of whether the global price of gas changes.

Customers also have the power to influence the price of energy. Suppliers must price energy competitively in order to keep customers happy long term, or risk losing them to cheaper alternatives. The best thing you can do as a customer is to shop around.

Switching tip: Look up gas deals regularly to check you are purchasing energy at fair rates. Comparing and switching supplier keeps the gas market competitive and ensures you make the most of your money.

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How to compare gas prices and suppliers online

Every home will have different requirements, so it’s no surprise that the best supplier will not be the same for everyone. However, some tips for achieving cheaper bills apply to most households. Here are our suggestions for how you can find the best gas tariff:

1. Avoid standard variable energy tariffs

These are default tariffs that are typically very expensive. You might be automatically shifted to this type of tariff after a fixed rate contract ends, so it’s important you always compare your options when your contract end date is approaching.

2. Input accurate details of how you use energy

If you compare energy tariffs using information that is inaccurate, you might not end up finding the optimal deal for you. It’s best to be completely transparent about your energy usage and reference correct data from your gas bills and annual statement.

3. Look out for cheap dual fuel deals

Energy suppliers may offer you a discount for choosing to purchase both gas and electricity from them. Dual fuel options reduce the administrative costs for the company supplying the energy and they will often reward customers with better deals.

4. Compare gas suppliers and don’t be afraid to shop around

Regularly compare gas tariffs to find out whether there’s a cheaper deal. You might even find that your current supplier has a more cost-effective option that you could switch to. Don’t put off comparing gas prices because you think it will be time consuming or confusing, that’s a common misconception. It’s quick, easy and could save you hundreds of pounds.

5. Switch suppliers and gas tariff regularly

Don’t just compare, switch! When you find a better gas tariff, all you need to do is confirm you want to switch. The suppliers will handle all of the processes for you. There’s no need to worry about being left without gas, your supply won’t be interrupted.

Get cheaper gas bills by switching energy supplier

Will my home be without gas during the switch?

Switching gas supplier won’t cause any disruption to your supply. You can continue heating your house comfortably throughout the process.

Even though your supplier switches, your gas supply remains the same. Despite the fact that you change who you buy your energy from and how much you pay, your home uses the same gas. There won’t be any unexpected gas outages. The only change you’ll notice is your savings!

What time of year is best to switch energy supplier?

You can switch gas supplier at any time of year. There’s no chance of any disruption to your energy supply, so it doesn’t matter if you switch during the winter months. However, you might choose to compare and switch supplier in the autumn to avoid overpaying for energy in the winter months.

It’s a good idea to use a comparison site to research the best energy tariffs for your household on a yearly basis. This keeps you up to date and ready to switch whenever you come across a better deal.

You should look around for new deals when your fixed tariff contract is coming to an end to avoid being rolled over to a default tariff, which are typically very expensive. Switching within the last 49 days of your contract is free, but if you choose to switch before this, you may have to pay an exit fee.

How long does it take to switch supplier?