The term dual fuel means that you get your gas and electricity from the same energy provider. So for instance if you get a bill for electricity from one energy supplier and a bill for your gas from a different one, then you would not be on a dual fuel contract.
Is there a difference between dual fuel and single fuel?
As far as you’re concerned, there is little to no difference between having a dual fuel or single fuel package. That being said, a lot of people prefer to have a dual fuel because of the benefits that are often included.
So what are the benefits of dual fuel?
Dual fuel is the package all energy suppliers want you to take and they try to incentivise so you do. Here are some of the most common benefits:
- 9 times out of ten dual fuel will be cheaper than any other packages. The majority of energy suppliers will offer what’s commonly known as a dual fuel discount. So if you sign up for dual fuel with them you will be entitled to either a monthly or annual discount applied straight to your energy bills.
- Many people take out dual fuel purely for convenience. All your bills will be from the one company, and some suppliers may even offer a combined bill to make things even simpler.
- You only need to phone one company. Whether it’s complaints, queries or even if you just need help, it means you only have to deal with one supplier instead of two.
How easy is it to switch?
It really is straightforward. The first thing to do is run a quick comparison for your area, so you can see how much you would save by taking dual fuel. Now the good news is you don't have to switch to one of your current suppliers, you can either switch one or both of your fuels if it works out cheaper. All you need to do now is just apply to switch to your new supplier and the actual switching-over part will all be done for you.
Is dual fuel always the cheaper option?
Because of the discounts offered with these deals it will usually mean that dual fuel will be the cheaper option, so when you add that to the bonus of only having one energy call centre it comes out as a good deal.