Scottish Power Tariffs - Cheap as Chips in 2019/20?

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Scottish Power tariffs look clear and straightforward on their website. But are they competitive compared to the multitude of other providers in the energy market? If you’re running a business, can you trust Scottish Power to deliver an uninterrupted energy supply at a favourable rate? Find out here.

Scottish Power prices

In 2014, the energy regulator Ofgem required all UK energy suppliers, including Scottish Power, to limit the number of fixed-rate tariffs to a maximum of four. But when one tariff is made up of seven-plus words, it can be mind-baffling to decipher what they mean and how much they cost! That’s why we’ve filtered down all the critical information you need to make a quick decision.

Scottish Power tariffs for existing customers

Existing Scottish Power customers who have reached the end of their fixed-term contracts without renewing them will be put on the Standard variable-rate tariff. This means that your bills may go up or down with price fluctuations in the wholesale energy market:

If Scottish Power has to pay more to procure its energy from the National Grid, they’ll increase your unit rate (in pence per kWh), and your bills will be more expensive.

If Scottish Power pays less than usual for its energy procurement following a price drop in the wholesale market, they may decrease your unit rate, and your bills should be cheaper.

Points to note:

  • Scottish Power should notify you if it intends to raise its prices.
  • There’s no tariff end date.
  • There are no exit charges to pay if you switch supplier.

Average annual cost on the Standard tariff is approximately £1,422.65 /year.* Below we break down how this is calculated:

Cost type Gas Electricity
Standing charge (pence/day) 26.71 23.02
Unit Rate (pence/kWh) 3.789 17.462
Estimated annual cost £685.06 £737.59

Domestic tariffs for new customers

If you’re a new customer, Scottish Power will offer you one of their fixed-term tariffs. This means that your unit rate for gas and electricity will stay the same for the duration of your plan, be it one or two years. Let’s have a look at the four fixed-rate tariffs you can choose from as a new customer:

1. Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver December 2021

With the Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver December 2021, you can enjoy fixed prices until 31 December 2021.

Points to note:

  • Term length: two years.
  • Contract end date: 31 December 2021.
  • Exit fees: None. You won’t pay any charges if you switch supplier at any time.
  • Charity donation: For every month you are on this tariff, Scottish Power will donate up to a maximum of £5 per fuel per year to Cancer Research UK. They will continue to make these donations until your tariff contract comes to an end.

The average annual cost on this tariff is approximately £1,458.55 /year*. Below we break down how this is calculated:

Cost type Gas Electricity
Standing charge (pence/day) 31.64 27.94
Unit Rate (pence/kWh) 3.789 17.462
Estimated annual cost £702.97 £755.58

2. Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save December 2021

With the Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save December 2021 tariff, you can enjoy fixed prices until 31 December 2021.

You’re not seeing double! This tariff is named very similarly to the one above. You’ll notice the difference in wording just before the date. This one is “Fix and Save” (whereas the previous one is “Fixed Saver”).

Points to note:

  • Term length: two years.
  • Contract end date: 31 December 2021.
  • Exit fees: None. You won’t pay any fees if you switch supplier at any time.
  • Charity donation: For every month you are on this tariff, Scottish Power will donate up to a maximum of £5 per fuel per year to Cancer Research UK. They will continue to make these donations until your tariff contract comes to an end.

The average annual cost on this tariff is approximately £1,458.55 /year*. Below we break down how this is calculated:

Cost type Gas Electricity
Standing charge (pence/day) 36.10 34.01
Unit Rate (pence/kWh) 3.689 16.959
Estimated annual cost £703.74 £758.91

3. Online Fixed Saver December 2020

With the Online Fixed Saver December 2020 tariff, you can enjoy fixed prices until 31 December 2020.

Points to note:

  • Term length: one year.
  • Contract end date: 31 December 2020.
  • Exit fees:
  • None if you switch within the 45 day notice period. Scottish Power will give you 45 days written notice to inform you that your contract will come to an end on 31 December 2020. You can switch during this notice period without paying any exit fees.
  • However, if your switch to a new supplier is fully completed before 13 November 2020, you will be under an obligation to pay exit fees of £30.00 for electricity and £30.00 for gas. That’s a total of £60 in exit fees should you wish to change supplier.

The average annual cost on this tariff is approximately £1,458.55 /year*. Below we break down how this is calculated:

Cost type Gas Electricity
Standing charge (pence/day) 19.18 19.18
Unit Rate (pence/kWh) 3.494 16.524
Estimated annual cost £611.75 £688.50

4. Online Fix and Save December 2020

With the Online Fixed Save December 2020 tariff, you can enjoy fixed prices until 31 December 2020.

Note the subtle difference between this “Fix and Save” online tariff (compared to the previous “Fixed Saver” online tariff).

Points to note:

  • Term length: one year.
  • Contract end date: 31 December 2020.
  • Exit fees:
  • None if you switch within the 45 day notice period. Scottish Power will give you 45 days written notice to inform you that your contract will come to an end on 31 December 2020. You can switch during this notice period without paying any exit fees.
  • However, if your switch to a new supplier is fully completed before 13 November 2020, you will be under an obligation to pay exit fees of £30.00 for electricity and £30.00 for gas. That’s a total of £60 in exit fees should you wish to change supplier.

Average annual cost on this tariff is approximately £1,300.25 /year*. Below we break down how this is calculated:

Cost type Gas Electricity
Standing charge (pence/day) 19.18 19.18
Unit Rate (pence/kWh) 3.494 16.524
Estimated annual cost £611.75 £688.50

*Calculations are based on the following assumptions:

  • Residence: Three-bedroom flat in London with two occupants.
  • Assumed annual consumption: Gas: 15505 kWh / Electricity: 3743 kWh.
  • Consumption level: Medium user.

Prepayment tariff

What tariff is this? If you have a prepayment meter, then you top it up using a card or key before consuming any gas or electricity. That’s why it’s also called a “Pay-As-You-Go” (or PAYG) tariff. If you’re a PAYG customer, you’ll be on Scottish Power’s Standard variable-rate tariff, meaning that the price for your gas and electricity can go up or down depending on fluctuations in the wholesale energy market.

How much will I pay? At the date of publication, a PAYG customer with a prepayment meter on Scottish Power’s Standard variable rate tariff would pay the following rates:

  1. Standing charge: 28.46p per day
  2. Unit rate: 17.681p per kWh

How will my payments change? To understand how much you’d pay, let’s put this into context. Let’s say you go to the Post Office and top up your key with £20 credit for electricity:

  • Your £20 credit may be enough to meet your electricity consumption for seven days.
  • However, the same £20 may only stretch as far as five days if the price of energy is much higher on that particular week.
  • Vice-versa, your £20 credit for electricity may go even further, enough for eight days if the price is lower in the wholesale market that week.

What does Scottish Power offer its PAYG customers?

  • If you are in arrears with your Scottish Power energy bills, they can set up your prepayment meter to collect a fixed sum of money that you owe them, at a rate agreed between you and Scottish Power.
  • The supplier will give you an emergency credit facility if you run into an emergency and can’t get to a retail outlet to purchase credit (either because you’re ill, lacking adequate transport, or for any other genuine reason).

Scottish Power tariffs for business

Scottish Power boasts thousands of business customers across the UK, from micro-businesses to large groups of companies. They don’t apply a one-size-fits-all tariff for everyone. Instead, they recognise that energy consumption depends on the size and industry of your business. That’s why it offers separate tariffs and services for small businesses and commercial companies. Let’s have a quick look at each of them:

Small business tariffs

Who’s it for? Scottish Power’s Small Business plan is aimed primarily at micro-businesses. Examples include hairdressing salons, restaurants and retail shops. If you’re not sure whether your size and industry place you in this category, check out our Gas and Electric for Business guide.

What do I get out of it? Here’s a summary of what they offer:

  • Fixed unit rates for one, two or three years.
  • Competitive terms and conditions tailored to small companies.
  • Online account management with Scottish Power’s Online Energy Service or App.
  • Expert energy-efficiency advice to help save energy via Scottish Power’s partnership with The Carbon Trust.

How much would I pay? We used Scottish Power’s online quote tool to find out how much we’d pay for gas and electricity while running a micro business. We chose an existing small cake shop in London as our example. We got a quote for the one, two and three-year business tariffs. Let’s find out what each one offers and how much they cost:

1. Business Fixed Jan 2021 Online
  • Price plan name: Business Fixed Jan 2021 Online
  • Fixed term: one year
  • Tariff available until: 7th November 2019
  • Contract end date: 31st January 2021
  • Standing charge: 26.420 p/day
  • Unit rate: 13.630 p/kWh
  • Etimated annual cost (excluding VAT & CCL): £1,031.31 / year.
Charges Units Rate £/annum
Daily standing charge (pence/day) 365 26.420 96.433
Unit rate (pence/kWh) 6,859 13.630 934.882
2. Business Fixed Jan 2022 Online
  • Price Plan Name: Business Fixed Jan 2022 Online
  • Fixed term: two years
  • Tariffs available until: 7th November 2019
  • Contract end date: 31st January 2022
  • Standing charge: 26.480 p/day
  • Unit rate: 13.970 p/kWh
  • Estimated annual cost (excluding VAT & CCL): £1,054.85 / year.
Charges Units Rate £/annum
Daily standing charge (pence/day) 365 26.480 96.652
Unit rate (pence/kWh) 6,859 13.970 958.202
3. Business Fixed Jan 2023 Online
  • Price Plan Name: Business Fixed Jan 2023 Online
  • Fixed term: three years
  • Tariffs available until: 7th November 2019
  • Contract end date: 31st January 2023
  • Standing charge: 26.540 p/day
  • Unit rate:14.160 p/kWh
  • Estimated annual cost: £1,068.10 / year.
Charges Units Rate £/annum
Daily standing charge (pence/day) 365 26.540 96.871
Unit rate (pence/kWh) 6,859 14.160 971.234

Commercial companies

Who’s it for? You would be a "commercial companies customer” if Scottish Power will be supplying energy to several commercial sites on your account. This would be the case if your commercial premises is comprised of: industrial sites, a chain of company branches or a group of franchise companies.

What would I pay? There are no specific tariffs listed in Scottish Power’s “Commercial Energy” webpage, which leads us to believe that they will offer a bespoke tariff according to the needs of your multiple sites. To get a quote, contact Scottish Power directly.

What do I get? Managing gas and electricity consumption and budgeting for bills is far more difficult at multiple sites compared to just one business premises. That’s why Scottish Power has designed its Commercial Portal. This online platform helps its commercial customers stay in control of all its business sites, with centralised data that facilitates management on a larger scale. Below are some of the features and benefits of their Commercial Energy portal:

  • Commercial Energy portfolio - view a summary of your customers and contracted sites.
  • Dashboard - download consumption information for each of your sites and see key market trends that affect your business.
  • View bills - see the balance for a specific site or the overall account balance for the group of sites.

For a more detailed look at the features and benefits of the Commercial Portal, see Scottish Power’s How-To guide.

Landlord tariffs

Scottish Power doesn’t offer any bespoke tariffs for landlords. While not many suppliers offer this, it’s becoming increasingly sought-after to cover landlords during the periods when their properties are empty.

To avoid paying hefty standing charges for empty homes, some suppliers, such as British Gas, offer a zero standing charge. If bespoke landlord tariffs gain more demand in the future, this may soon be provided by Scottish Power among its tariffs.


Are Scottish Power tariffs cheap?

You’ve heard the names of several energy companies, and you want to know if Scottish Power beats the rest on their prices? Are they cheaper than their competitors? We did some digging to find out.

Compare Scottish Power tariffs

In our main Scottish Power guide (link at the very top of the page), we calculated what an average home would pay annually for gas and electricity on their standard dual-fuel tariff. We then compared this against the market average and found that it was £85.35 more expensive per year. A family would be paying £1,263.35 per year when Ofgem’s price cap is set at £1,178 per year.

This doesn’t bode well for a supplier that claims to be competitive among its Big Six cousins. Independent energy providers, such as Tonik Energy and Bulb, offer tariffs that are around £300 cheaper than the market average! These providers are also renowned for their strong customer service, as reflected by glowing reviews published on Trustpilot.

Price increases in the news

Scottish Power’s price increases have hit the headlines, either when the changes are unexpected, profound or even predictive in line with regulatory changes by Ofgem. Let's take a brief glance at the most recent price increases from Scottish Power that have been reported in the press:

August 2019 - Scottish Power unveiled that it would decrease the cost of energy it supplies on a standard variable-rate tariff by approximately £76 per year. This was in line with the reduced energy price cap from Ofgem.

April 2019 - Rates for Scottish Power's standard variable tariff increased by £117 (10%), in line with Ofgem’s increased energy price cap of £1,254 per year.

February 2019 - The Glasgow-based supplier announced that its customers on their variable-rate tariff would see their bills will increase by 10% from 1st April 2020, equivalent to a £117 rise. Those on a fixed-rate tariff will see their bills jump by 9%, or £106 on average.

April 2018 - A price hike of 5.5% was unveiled by Scottish Power which would affect its customers on its standard variable-rate plan. The price rise would commence from the beginning of June 2018, entailing an approximate annual rise of £63 in customers’ bills.


Scottish Power tariffs and prices FAQ

If you have a burning question about Scottish Power tariffs, take a look at the most frequently asked questions about this very topic.

Which is the cheapest tariff with Scottish Power?

The Online Fixed Saver December 2020 appears to be the cheapest Scottish Power tariff, at

£1,178.49 per year. Here’s how it’s broken down:

  • Gas only: £539.20
  • Electricity only: £639.29

Prices are guaranteed to remain fixed until 31st December 2020.

You also enjoy the flexibility to move from one Scottish Power tariff to another without paying exit fees.

What time does Economy 7 start with Scottish Power?

Our comprehensive Economy 7 guide gives you the off-peak times for each area in the UK, displayed on a clickable map.

In summary, with Scottish Power you’ll get seven hours of cheap electricity, which could start either from 11pm, 12pm or 1am depending on where you live. Head over to our clickable map in our Economy 7 guide, find out the off-peak hours for your area and set the timer on your Economy 7 meter accordingly.

What is the standing charge for Scottish Power?

In the main tariffs section above, Scottish Power’s standing charge depends on the type of tariff you choose. Here’s a quick summary of what these are:

Tariff name

Standing charge (pence/day)

Gas Electricity
Standard (variable rate) 26.71 23.02
PAYG (variable rate) 26.71 23.02
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver December 2021 (fixed rate) 31.64 27.94
Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save December 2021 (fixed rate) 36.1 34.01
Online Fixed Saver December 2020 (fixed rate) 19.18 19.18
Online Fix and Save December 2020 (fixed rate) 19.18 19.18

Is Scottish Power putting their prices up?

Other than Scottish Power’s price rises reported in the news (see above), the supplier has not announced any more surprises. On the contrary, it recently revealed, in September 2019, that it will “lower” its standard variable-rate tariff in response to Ofgem’s reduced cap to £1,178 per year. Scottish Power claims that this will result in a saving of £76 per year.

CAREFUL!Ofgem’s cap is NOT the maximum you can expect to pay in one year. It’s just a maximum charge on the “rate” you pay for your gas and electricity. If you consume more...you’ll pay more.

How much does it cost to leave Scottish Power?

If you’re on a fixed-rate tariff, you’ll have to look at the length of the term of your contract. It will be either for one or two years for domestic customers, and up to three years for business customers.

 Note your contract end date. If you leave Scottish Power before this date, you will pay exit fees for each fuel. That’s a £30.00 fee for electricity and a £30.00 fee for gas.

 However, it will not cost you anything to leave Scottish Power if:

  1. You move house, as long as you continue to be supplied by Scottish Power.
  2. You’re on a variable-rate tariff, as there’s no contract end date.

Scottish Power tariffs - the Selectra verdict

At Selectra, we compared Scottish Power’s prices against its competitors, not just the Big Six, but also independent providers. It was a shame to see that its standard tariff is currently £85.35 more expensive than Ofgem’s incoming price cap update.

While UK families are feeling the pinch to rein in their expenses, such high prices are being felt dearly by many homeowners across the country. Scottish Power could add better value for money across its tariffs, when considering the breadth of its operations, which is why we awarded them with 1 / 5 stars for their prices.

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