How to find the best fixed rate energy deal for you

The trend in energy prices is that they have only gone one way-up! With that in mind, a fixed rate energy tariff could be a great way to protect yourself against further price increases. Taking a fixed rate could be a gamble though, so you need to consider all options and if you should fix your energy prices.

What is a fixed rate energy tariff?

This type of tariff benefits from the unit price being set at a certain rate for the life of the tariff. It is important to note that this does not mean your energy bill will remain the same - if you use more energy, your bill will be more. If you use less energy your bill will be less - it is the price you pay per unit of energy that is fixed.

With this type of plan you know exactly what your energy will cost you for the life of the tariff, if you keep an eye on your consumption. These energy tariffs can be fixed for any length of time, for example 12 months, or 5 years. You will normally find that the longer the tariff is fixed for, the more expensive it will be as suppliers allow for the fact that there is more likely to be a price rise if you are on the tariff for a longer period.

What are the best fixed gas and electricity prices?

The table below shows a live list of the best 10 fixed rate energy tariffs on the market today.

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Estimated Annual Bill is based on prices from the London region with an annual gas consumption of 12,000kWh and electricity consumption of 2,900kWh. Your energy bill will vary depending on the region you live in and your annual energy consumption.

Advantages and disadvantages of being on a fixed rate energy deal

Advantages of this type of tariff are:

  • The security of knowing exactly what your energy bills will be
  • Immunity from price rises until the end of the tariff

Disadvantages are:

  • Slightly higher prices
  • Higher exit penalties
  • No benefit if prices fall

Is a fixed price the same as a capped price?

No! With a fixed rate, whether market prices go up or down, yours will remain the same. With a capped rate, prices will change in line with the market, but will not go over a set limit. So if market prices go down, your rate will go down, but if market prices go up, your rate will not rise above the cap. Capped price tariffs can be a little more expensive than fixed rate but you will benefit from the flexibility.

Where can I get one?

Our energy price comparison tool can show you the best priced fixed rate deal for your gas and electricity. Just select 'Fixed rate' in the filter box and start comparing prices today

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