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Dual fuel
Dual Fuel Explained

Dual fuel energy plans are energy plans whereby a single utility company provides you with both gas and electricity, as part of a combined offer.

Where can I find a dual fuel energy plan?

Any established and approved supplier in the UK which carries a licence to supply both gas as well as electricity can offer you a dual fuel energy plan. As energy suppliers vary from region to region, you will need to check which supplier of dual fuel works in your area.

The internet's numerous utilities comparisons websites is a great place to start looking for duel fuel energy plans which will suit your needs most effectively. By simply filling in a few details on the sites' energy calculators, you will be shown all of the dual fuel energy plans available to you. These websites are also useful resources to compare dual fuel packages. Not all energy suppliers in the UK will offer duel fuel.

What are the benefits of signing up for dual fuel energy plans?

Duel fuel energy plans offer two key benefits as follows:

  • Price: As an incentive, the majority of utility companies which provide dual fuel energy plans will offer their prospective customer an additional discount or reduced prices if they agree to buy both gas and electricity from them. The discounts can take the form of a fixed cut in the total energy bill to a special tariff applied to either one or both of the fuels. Therefore, by switching to duel fuel energy plans, it is possible to save hundreds of pounds every year in your energy bills.

  • Convenience: Many consumers are attracted to the ease of having to deal with just a single utility company instead of two with dual fuel energy plans. It makes the process simpler when you have to query a bill, make a complaint, or when you move house. Some energy suppliers will also offer the convenience of a single bill.

How would I pay for my dual fuel plan?

According to which energy supplier you choose, you will either receive a single combined gas and electricity dual fuel bill or you will be billed separately for each type of fuel.

Your payment choices are the same for dual fuel energy plans as with separate gas and electricity plans:

  • You can pay monthly or quarterly with dual fuel.

  • You can pay by direct debit, prepayment, or standing orders with dual fuel.

  • You can pay by cheque or cash using the services of banks, building societies, or the Post Office with dual fuel.

It is definitely worth considering paying for your dual fuel energy plans by Direct Debit as most energy suppliers offer Direct Debit discounts, so you can make even more savings by choosing a dual fuel energy plan.

The bottom line on dual fuel

If you change your mind, you can switch from a dual fuel contract to separate contracts from different suppliers. However, you must give your existing dual fuel supplier the required amount of notice, usually 28 days. You should also be prepared to lose existing discounts if you move your business to another energy supplier.


Choosing dual fuel energy plans generally works out to be the cheapest option, if you are concerned just with getting the lowest prices. Choosing a dual fuel offer may not always work out to be the best deal if you consider other factors such as customer service and reputation. Shop around and research thoroughly to ensure you get the best overall dual fuel energy plans package - both in terms of price and service - to suit your circumstances.

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