Asked By: Tyler Collins Date: created: Nov 25 2023

Which energy supplier is best for 2023

Answered By: Alan Nelson Date: created: Nov 28 2023

The best energy suppliers for 2023, rated by Which? – Which? surveyed more than 10,000 customers who rated their energy provider based on customer service, plus a Which? assessment score looking at support and information around rising energy costs, complaints performance and how clear the firm’s statements are. Here’s how the energy suppliers ranked. Swipe to scroll horizontally

Company Total score Customer score Which? assessment score
Octopus Energy 78% 73% 82%
Utilita 67% 59% 75%
Utility Warehouse 65% 67% 64%
Co-op Energy 64% 56% 72%
Bulb Energy 63% 54% 72%
Ovo Energy 63% 50% 76%
EDF Energy 62% 53% 71%
Boost Energy 61% 52% 71%
British Gas 60% 52% 68%
Sainsbury’s Energy 59% 54% 63%

Octopus Energy wins Which? energy provider of 2023 for the sixth consecutive year as they top the table for customer score and Which? assessment score. Which? found that Octopus Energy was the only provider (out of 16) with any five-star ratings from its customers regarding useful information about energy costs.

Octopus Energy customers were also satisfied with the easy and quick communication with the provider who answers emails every day, including on weekends. Utlilta takes the runner-up spot and Utility Warehouse takes third place, but their customer ratings differed hugely from the top spot and they received four-star ratings, but no five stars.

The good news is, Octopus Energy has told The Money Edit they are continuing to take new customers, all you need to do is call them on 0808 164 1088. Utilita has also told us that they are “actively selling again.” Note: this might not be the case for other energy providers.

  • Before the energy crisis, it was normal to shop around for the best energy tariff, but now with the EPG in place, there is no competitive pricing in the energy market.
  • As a result, some energy companies are actually turning customers away.
  • It also means that any switch you do is likely to be for the customer service benefits rather than for the price you pay.

If you’re moving house, you might be able to switch providers allowing you to go for a top-rated provider for customer service, like Octopus Energy.

What is the disadvantage of prepaid meter?

Pre-paid electricity meters have become increasingly commonplace in recent years, not only amongst home owners but also landlords, developers, and property investors looking to manage the risks and costs associated with property rentals and ownership.

– What are the advantages of prepaid electricity? You can monitor your consumption: It’s easier to track consumption on a monthly basis as you need to top up when you run low and you will be doing so more often in certain situations, such as when you’ve spent the weekend baking or the family has been taking long baths rather than quick showers.

You’re in control of how much electricity you use : If you feel you have been spending too much on electricity, you can immediately reduce your usage. Research has shown that energy awareness results in behaviour changes which typically reduces a household’s monthly energy consumption by around 15% – or much more if you so decide.

  • Manage all resources better : In other words, by being in control of consumption, you are not only able to save electricity and thereby money, it enables you to manage your cash flow and allocate costs properly.
  • Less admin : You pay in advance so it’s one less bill to deal with at month-end which saves you time and hassle.

This is especially advantageous for body corporates and managers of large commercial properties made up of individual units. No more disputed bills : Because you’re purchasing upfront, there are no more inaccurate council estimates or nasty month-end surprises, especially in winter when heaters are on and we aren’t aware of just how much more electricity we’re using.

  • Reduced risk for landlords : Municipal accounts are in the property owners name, so it can be a potentially costly headache when tenants fail to pay their utility bills.
  • Disadvantages of Prepaid meters 1.
  • You cannot negotiate with a prepaid meter.
  • They will automatically disconnect once all the units have been used and this can happen at any time, day or night or even in an emergency.2.

Your energy usage will almost certainly increase during winter months; meaning your top-ups would also have to increase.3. If you leave home for several days, you must remember to top up so that you don’t return to a defrosted freezer 4. Prepaid meters are more expensive to operate than other types of meters which means you might not be able to access the cheapest tariffs available.

Factors to consider before installing a meter You will need to choose between a single-phase and three-phase meter before installation and the number of meters you need will depend on how big the property is and whether it’s one home or multiple units, including a flatlet attached to a single dwelling.

It’s also important to make sure you understand the difference between the types of meters available so that you can purchase the right one for your needs. There are different types of meters, each designed for specific requirements and environments, so it’s important to choose the right meter for your circumstances and, if you are at all unsure, rather consult a qualified electrician for advice.

  1. Integrated Meters These are the most compact and the cheapest because the keypad is installed directly on the meter.
  2. They can be used for commercial and residential property but, with the meters being installed inside the unit there is a level of trust involved as a tenant could try to bypass the meter.

Split Meters The meter itself is separate from the keypad that is used to type in the prepaid token and it can therefore be locked away in a secure location so that there is no risk of tampering. The tenant only has access to the keypad for convenient recharging.

  • With these meters, the keypad has to communicate with the meter and there are two main ways of doing this: Split wired meters and Split PLC.
  • Water meters We live in a water-stressed country which has experienced severe drought in recent years and, with most of South Africa’s water already having been allocated to users, there is very little surplus water to meet the demands of a growing population.

So, although they aren’t as commonly used yet, water meters are now widely available and are also growing in popularity as they offer the same advantages as prepaid electricity meters.

Asked By: Francis Alexander Date: created: Apr 08 2024

What is the alternative to a prepayment meter

Answered By: Juan Morgan Date: created: Apr 10 2024

If you’ve finished paying off debt – If you don’t want to be on prepayment anymore, your supplier must remove your old-style prepayment meter and give you an old-style credit meter or smart meter instead. If you’d prefer to stay on prepayment, your supplier must reset your meter so you’re not paying too much.

Asked By: Jason Hughes Date: created: Dec 17 2023

Are smart meters better than prepayment meters

Answered By: Aaron Miller Date: created: Dec 19 2023

The cons of a traditional meter – Those choosing to remain on a traditional meter will have to submit their reading themselves, both for electricity and gas. If you forget to do so, you will receive a bill based on your estimated usage, which could be more expensive than what you actually owe.

  1. This would be extra inconvenient now when everything is more expensive.
  2. You will get the money back if you overpay, but it could take weeks or even months before you do so and most importantly you won’t have it now if you need it.
  3. Estimated bills could also lead to you underpaying, which might result in a hefty bill in future.

So which one is right for you? This will depend entirely on your personal circumstances. If you want to know exactly how much energy you’re using and where, and think this would help keep your bills down, you would greatly benefit from a smart meter. They’re also the better option if you think you won’t be able (or might forget) to submit monthly readings to your suppliers.

  1. However, they won’t be right for you if you have poor coverage in your area because then you’d be missing out on the convenient features.
  2. On the other hand, if you think you’d be diligent about submitting monthly readings and are wary of sharing detailed information with your suppliers, then you might want to stick with a traditional meter.

Additional contributions by Ruth Emery

Asked By: Oswald Garcia Date: created: Dec 31 2023

Should I fix my energy prices until 2024 UK

Answered By: Timothy Nelson Date: created: Jan 01 2024

Should I fix my energy prices until 2024? – Yes, if you can secure a cheaper fixed deal that will protect you against any fluctuations in electricity costs. However, It depends on whether you are looking to fix energy prices until 2024 for a business or a home.

Who’s the best energy supplier at the moment?

Scores for January to March 2023

Rank Supplier Fewer Complaints
1 Octopus Energy 3 ★★★★★
2 Shell Energy 2 ★★★★★
3 Outfox The Market 3 ★★★★★
4 Affect Energy 3 ★★★★★

Which energy is the most affordable?

Renewables are the cheapest form of power today confirms a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. Amid climbing fossil fuel prices, investments in renewables in 2021 saves US$55 billion in global energy generation costs in 2022. Learn more Climate change is putting not only the health of our planet, but the health of people everywhere at risk. Learn about two critical areas of climate action that bring immediate health benefits. The UN Chief spoke on the global average temperature this July, which was confirmed to be the highest on record and likely for at least 120,000 years. July also had the highest-ever ocean surface temperatures. Parts of the Northern hemisphere are experiencing severe heatwaves – and extreme weather is on the rise globally. How does heat impact societies? Read more here,

Asked By: Simon Sanders Date: created: Mar 20 2023

Should I switch to Octopus Energy

Answered By: Tyler Allen Date: created: Mar 21 2023

Energy price cap vs Average wholesale gas prices – Prices are p/kWh and do not include daily standing charges Wholesale prices for gas remain steady at around 4.5p/kWh, significantly lower than the energy price cap rate of 8.0p/kWh. It means that the Octopus tracker energy tariff is currently a good choice for those looking to save money on their gas bills.

Who is the cheapest energy supplier in UK?

Unit Cost per kWh in the UK – The unit cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in the UK varies depending on several factors, including the energy supplier, the type of tariff, and the region. Here is the average cost of electricity per kWh in the UK for 3 of the most affordable energy suppliers:

Supplier Name Tariff Name Unit Rate (p/kWh)
EON Fix Online v46 7.319
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2023 Online 16.570
Octopus Energy Flexible Octopus 35
Asked By: Benjamin Henderson Date: created: Feb 21 2023

Who is the cheapest electricity supplier in the world

Answered By: Sebastian Cook Date: created: Feb 22 2023

Five cheapest countries in the world – The five cheapest countries in terms of the average cost of one kWh are Libya (USD 0.007), Angola (USD 0.013), Sudan (USD 0.014), Kyrgyzstan (USD 0.017), and Zimbabwe (USD 0.021). Conversely to the most expensive, none of these countries is an island, and three of the five are located in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Asked By: Isaiah Allen Date: created: Aug 21 2023

What is the new energy source in 2023

Answered By: Jordan Cooper Date: created: Aug 23 2023

Increasing renewables likely to reduce coal and natural gas generation over next two years January 19, 2023 As of January 1, 2023, we are now publishing four new Today in Energy articles each week, from Monday through Thursday. Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, (STEO) In our latest, we expect that increased U.S. power generation from new renewables capacity—mostly wind and solar—will reduce generation from both coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants in 2023 and 2024.

  1. With the new solar and wind projects coming online this year, we forecast these two energy sources will account for 16% of total generation in 2023, up from 14% last year and 8% in 2018.
  2. In contrast, our forecast share of generation from coal falls from 20% in 2022 to 18% in 2023; the forecast share from natural gas declines from 39% to 38%.

One of the most significant shifts in the mix of U.S. electricity generation over the past few years has been the rapid expansion of, especially solar and wind. The U.S. electric power sector operated about 74 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic capacity at the end of 2022, which is about three times the capacity at the end of 2017.U.S.

wind power has grown by more than 60% since 2017 to about 143 GW of capacity. Based on planned additions reported to EIA, solar capacity will expand another 63 GW (84%) by the end of 2024, which is consistent with its and favorable, As a result of this expected increase in solar capacity, we forecast that the solar generation share will rise from 3% of U.S.

generation last year to 5% in 2023 and 6% in 2024. Scheduled growth in wind power is slightly slower this year than in recent years, at about 12 GW of new planned capacity over the next two years. The forecast wind generation share in 2023 remains relatively similar to last year, averaging 11%, and then increases to 12% in 2024.

Much of the growth in solar capacity is in Texas and California, where natural gas has been the primary source of electricity. A growing share of generation from renewables, combined with our forecast of less overall electricity demand this year, displaces some natural gas generation, which will decline slightly, falling from 39% in 2022 to 38% this year and to 37% in 2024.

We also expect that the coal generation share will decline by two percentage points to 18% this year, make coal a less competitive source for electricity supply. Our forecast of coal generation falls again in 2024 to 17%. Principal contributor: Tyler Hodge : Increasing renewables likely to reduce coal and natural gas generation over next two years

What is the energy problem in 2023?

Topline – Growing global demand for electricity is expected to slow in 2023 amid ongoing fallout from economic downturns and the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday, as it pushes for a greater focus on renewables ahead of an expected rebound in demand next year.

What is the next best energy source?

New resources that are being researched or developed include hydrogen, nuclear fusion, ocean thermal energy conversion, and tidal and wave energy. (Solar, wind, and geothermal energy are dealt with in separate fact sheets). One fuel that has the potential of being widely used in the future is hydrogen gas (H2).

Which is our best and cheapest immediate energy option?

Our best immediate energy option is to cut out unnecessary energy waste by improving energy efficiency. What is energy efficiency? Energy efficiency is the percentage of the total energy input that does useful work and is not converted into low-quality, usually useless heat in an energy conversion system or process.

Asked By: Hugh Richardson Date: created: Oct 20 2023

Who is the best energy supplier in the UK 2022

Answered By: Brian Reed Date: created: Oct 21 2023

The UK’s 10 Best Energy Suppliers – According to data from the three months from January to March 2023, Octopus Energy, Shell Energy, Outfox the Market, Affect Energy and Co-Operative Energy were the top 5 energy providers in terms of customer satisfaction.

  1. Overall, scores have dropped in the current energy-challenged environment; top-rated Octopus Energy scored an overall 3.65 stars out of 5.
  2. They really stood out for ease of switching and customer guarantees, rating 5 out of 5 stars in these categories.
  3. Shell Energy, ranked 2nd, also stood out for switching and customer guarantees (ranking a perfect 5 stars in both of those categories, like Octopus), but did a bit worse when it came to the,

Outfox the Market scored 5/5 for clear, on-time bills and customer guarantees, but they weren’t scored on this time. For reference, the average customer rating score was 2.7 stars out of 5 (down from 3.1 stars in 2021 and 3.3 stars in 2019). So overall scores have dropped in recent years.

What is the cheapest energy source UK?

Resources

RANK UK BEIS (2020)
Onshore Wind 1 55
Hydropower 2
Solar PV – Utility Scale 3 52
Geothermal 4
Asked By: Simon Smith Date: created: Feb 11 2023

What is the average energy bill in the UK 2022

Answered By: Benjamin Simmons Date: created: Feb 11 2023

Calculating the average gas and electricity bill across the UK is difficult as it depends on a variety of factors, including this year’s raised price cap. You may be worried about your energy bills alongside the rising cost of living. Knowing the average cost for 2022 can help you know what to expect.

The average annual energy bill for 2022 is £2,500. This is based on ‘typical use’ in a household that uses gas and electricity and pays with direct debit. With the government’s £400 discount, the average annual energy bill comes to £2,100 Opens in a new window The cost of your own bill will depend on the type of property you live in, where you live, the heating system that you have, the energy efficiency of the property, the number of people living there and your personal usage.

The government has not published its estimates for 2022 but British Gas estimated average gas bills by household Opens in a new window type to be:

Flat or 1-bedroom house: £930.39 per year, or £77.53 per month 3-bedroom house: £1,343.60 per year, or £111.97 per month 5-bedroom house: £1,860.11 per year, or £155.01 per month

These numbers are based on the average annual electricity use for those household sizes. The average annual gas bill for 2021 (Opens in a new window) was £564, or £47 each month based on government statistics from an annual use of 13,600 kWh/year. The government has not published its estimates for 2022 but British Gas estimated average electricity bills Opens in a new window by household type to be:

Flat or 1-bedroom house: £781.87 per year, or £65.16 per month 3-bedroom house: £1,156.27 per year, or £96.36 per month 5-bedroom house: £1,632.79 per year, or £136.07 per month

These numbers are based on the average annual electricity use for those household sizes. The average electricity bill per year for 2021 (Opens in a new window) was £769, based on annual consumption of 3,600 kWh/year. However, energy prices increased in April 2022 and again in October.

The new totals are based on the October rates, so they make look different to your bill. The price cap is predicted to rise again in April 2023. You can contact your supplier if you’re going to struggle with payments. Your bill could be lower or higher than this amount, even if you’re paying the price cap at the moment, as it will depend on your individual usage.

Find out more in our guide What to do about rising energy bills Household energy bills went up by 54% in April 2022 and a further 27% in October Opens in a new window This winter’s price cap is 96% higher than the cap last winter. Households are facing a steep increase in their energy prices this year due to supply and demand on the global wholesale market.

  • This demand has driven up the amount providers pay for gas and electricity and that cost is now being passed onto the consumer.
  • The energy price cap only affects you if you live in England, Wales or Scotland.  In Northern Ireland, energy prices are governed by the Utility Regulator.
  • You can find out more about the  help available with paying your energy bills (Opens in a new window)  on the Consumer Council website.

Your gas and electricity bills are not just the cost of the energy you have used. In fact, your energy bill is made up of lots of different costs. The wholesale price of the gas and electricity (the amount it costs your energy supplier to buy it) makes up just over a third of your energy bill.

  • Networking, or the amount it costs to use and maintain the pipes and wires used to get the gas and electricity to your home, accounts for just over a quarter of your bill.
  • Operating costs, which are the expenses the energy company has to cover, also make up a proportion of your bill.
  • Energy companies are also included in a number of government-backed programmes to save energy and reduce emissions.

The cost of these is passed on to users and adds a percentage to energy bills. VAT (Value Added Tax), profit margins and other costs make up the remainder of your energy bill. Now you know the average gas and electricity bill across the UK and what makes up your bill, you might be thinking about how you can save energy and cut your bills.

Luckily there are a lot of ways to do this without even switching supplier. If you want to save on your energy bills, you can start by being sensible about using your heating and lights. Insulation is also very important, helping to keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you don’t have decent insulation or double glazing, then you’re obviously going to have to spend some money to save.

If you are thinking of selling your home, you may wish to improve your EPC certificate rating. This may help you sell your home more quickly and may increase its overall value. Energy Saving Trust have a guide to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) (Opens in a new window) which has with useful tips on how to make improvements to keeping your home warm and save you money.

Making sure you unplug phone chargers, not leaving things on standby and using energy efficient light bulbs will also help reduce your bills. Unusually, at the moment you won’t save money by switching suppliers. Once any fixed rate has ended, you’ll be moved onto your energy company’s standard variable tariff.

This tariff is cheaper than any fixed rate being offered currently. It can be very stressful if you are struggling with your energy bills. You may be worried about getting into debt and unsure how you will manage to afford to heat or power your home. Continuing to pay your bills is important, so get in touch with your supplier before you miss a payment or get into debt.

Should I fix my energy prices until 2024 UK?

Should I fix my energy prices until 2024? – Yes, if you can secure a cheaper fixed deal that will protect you against any fluctuations in electricity costs. However, It depends on whether you are looking to fix energy prices until 2024 for a business or a home.