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Energy tariffs can be confusing. Worry not; Home Energy Scotland can help.

We'll guide you through the differences between fixed-rate and variable-rate tariffs, what to consider before switching suppliers, and give insights on ensuring the sustainability of your energy consumption.

Your energy supplier must inform you of the cheapest tariff for your usage patterns. They usually do this by listing the most appropriate tariff for you on your bill.

You can also contact your energy supplier directly to find out about the most cost-effective tariff. You'll find your supplier's contact details on a recent bill or by logging into your online account.

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Energy tariff types

There are several different types of energy tariffs available. Understanding which is best for your energy usage before switching suppliers is crucial.

More and more energy suppliers are also offering one or more green tariffs, whose energy comes from renewable sources.

Typically, energy suppliers offer up to four gas and four electricity tariffs. They often include incentives such as discounts for online account management or 'dual fuel' deals.

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What is a fixed-rate tariff?

Fixed-rate tariffs offer stability and predictability in energy bills. With a fixed-rate tariff, you lock in a set price for your energy over a defined period, typically one to three years.

A fixed-rate tariff:

  • Shields you from fluctuations in energy prices.
  • Provides assurance against bill increases during periods of market volatility.
  • Simplifies budgeting, as you can anticipate your energy costs accurately.
  • Brings you peace of mind regarding energy expenses.

Remember: a fixed-rate tariff fixes the price you pay for your energy. If you use more energy with a fixed-rate tariff, your energy bill will rise.

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What is a variable-rate tariff?

A variable-rate tariff means the price you pay for your energy can change any time. Energy companies set variable-rate tariffs.

Let's assume you use the same amount of energy every month. If market energy prices fall, so may your variable-rate tariff, meaning a lower energy bill that month.

Conversely, if energy prices rise, so will your energy bill. Variable-rate tariffs can be advantageous when wholesale energy prices are low but can become expensive when market prices rise.

Remember: the energy price cap limits suppliers' charges for electricity or gas.

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What is the energy price cap?

Ofgem introduced the Energy Price Cap on 1 January 2019 to prevent millions of households from being overcharged on expensive variable-rate tariffs.

The Energy Price Cap limits the amount consumers pay for each unit of gas and electricity used. It also sets a maximum daily standing charge for grid connections. Wholesale energy prices, which energy firms pay, determine the cap.

Should I switch to a fixed-rate tariff?

Switching energy tariffs or suppliers is a big decision.

Consult Ofgem's advice on switching suppliers or energy tariffs and explore Energy Saving Trust's advice on switching your energy supplier for more information.

Support with paying your energy bills

You may qualify for certain benefits to assist in reducing your fuel bills. These include:

  • If born before 25 September 1957, you could be eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment, which provides between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills.
  • Winter Heating Payment helps people on low-income benefits who might have extra heating needs. It's automatically paid once a year. Winter Heating Payment has replaced Cold Weather Payment in Scotland. Unlike the Cold Weather Payment, Winter Heating Payment does not depend on how cold the temperature gets.

Winter Heating Payment is for people in Scotland who: get a particular benefit – this is the ‘qualifying benefit’ on at least one day in the first full week of November – this is the ‘qualifying week’ or meet one other specific requirement of their qualifying benefit.

Learn more about the Winter Heating Payment
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