If you are a low energy user or own a property where the energy use is low or sporadic, what should you do to ensure that you are getting the best deal on your gas and electricity?
Firstly, if you own a property that is regularly empty or sporadically used, for instance a second home or holiday home, then it is advisable to take a look at tariffs with a zero standing charge.
The standing charge on a tariff is the amount that you are charged each day, before you’ve even used any gas or electricity.
If there are a number of days in a year where you don’t use any energy (as the property is vacant) then selecting a tariff with a standing charge of zero ensures that while you are not using any energy, you will not be charged a penny. It is worth noting however that the converse of this is that the energy you do use will be charged at a higher unit rate. You can read more about no standing charge tariffs here.
If you regularly use energy but are a low level user then you can also consider a tariff with a zero standing charge, however it is more important that you ensure you are getting a good deal overall on the energy you are using. In order to do this you should compare all tariffs available on the market – including both those with a standing charge and those with a standing charge of zero.
You can do this quickly and easily by entering your energy usage details into our domestic gas and electricity comparison service. Click here and enter your postcode to get started.