Since 1986 when Margaret Thatcher sold the British Gas Corporation to private buyers, gas markets have been open to competition, and although the reformed British Gas kept its dominance for many years to come, we’re now at a stage when we have choice coming at us from all angles. So, the question is: “who do we choose?”. With the huge amount of companies that can offer us, what is seemingly the same product, who is the best option? Well, that’s where we come in. We’re here to help you navigate through the mountain of energy suppliers to find you the best possible gas tariff. We’ll let you know our top pick below, but don’t worry, if you don’t fancy having your gas with them, we’ll talk you through the other options you have at your disposal.
What Are Your Options?
You’ve more than likely heard of them, but there are six energy suppliers in Great Britain that dominate the supply markets collectively named the ‘Big Six’. This includes SUPPLIERS. They are named as such because they are market leaders by a long stretch in terms of customer numbers, profits and overall business. Collectively their market share currently stands at around 85%; however, this has changed drastically over the last few years. In early 2011 the Big Six had an almost complete 100% market domination but due to the development of a select few independent suppliers, the market is beginning to open up again. These companies include SUPPLIERS, just to name a few and they have now managed to claw back a 15% portion of the market share, which is ever-increasing. This is great for energy customers, not only for those who opt for independent suppliers, but with the Big Six also. This is because:
- Due to the increasing amounts of competition, the Big Six are being forced into being much more competitive with their tariff prices.
- High customer service levels in the independent suppliers has meant that Big Six companies are having to put a much larger effort into increasing customer service figures.
- The assumption that Big Six companies will automatically have masses of custom is no longer true, so they are having to reinvent their marketing and corporate image to appeal to a new demographic of pro-switchers.
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Sourcing domestic gas from renewable generation is extremely rare in the UK at present; however, the infrastructure does exist to make some green gas for domestic supply, it’s just finding a tariff that includes it. Independent supplier ‘Ecotricity’, who specialise in green energy, were the first British energy supplier to offer a part green gas tariff. At present their gas supply is 5% renewable, made from a process using grass. This may not sound like a lot, but renewable gas is much more difficult to acquire than electricity, meaning having this as a starting point is incredibly positive and is sure to increase as time progresses. To read more about renewable energy click the below link.
A large aspect of your gas supplier decision should be their competency in the customer service department. The last thing you want is to be in a never ending battle with your supplier, going around in circles about something that another energy supplier would have resolved immediately. What you should know, however, is that due to the shear amount of customers and the size of the companies, the Big Six companies are never going to be quite as high in the ratings as the independents. As such, a little leeway is perhaps needed. That is not to say that you should go with a supplier with a 1/10 customer service score, but it is important to realise limitations when companies grow to that kind of size. For example, British Gas, the most popular supplier of gas and electricity in the country has a customer service rating of 4.6/10 on TrustPilot, which may not seem too impressive, but in comparison with other Big Six companies, except EDF Energy, is very high.
Our Recommended Supplier
It is pretty difficult to find an energy supplier that everyone agrees upon: all of us have had good and bad experiences with energy suppliers, much like phone and broadband companies. However, what we can do is suggest a company that has consistently good customer service reviews and low prices. For us, that company is EDF Energy. Being one of the Big Six is no piece of cake, and with the 12% market share they have, they still manage to satisfy their customer needs and provide cheap tariff prices. If you’d like to see just how much you could save with EDF Energy give us a call on 01704 325056. If you’d prefer to get an idea of their prices before giving us a call click here to see our regional price comparison tool.
Send Us Your Bill
We’re over the moon you’ve chosen us to help you find your perfect gas tariff. Now we’re at the final stretch; time to let the savings start rolling in. If you don’t fancy giving us a call, don’t worry, we offer a service in which you can send us your energy bill to be assessed. Once one of our skilled advisors has evaluated your options, we’ll make you a personalised quote and give you all the advice you need on how you can save the most money. If you’d like to learn more about how our switching process works, click the below link to find out.