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SSE tariffs change: latest energy prices

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As one of the nation’s best-known energy suppliers, SSE provides gas and electricity to 3.5 million households across the country. Do its energy prices justify such a large customer base? In our guide, we break down the latest SSE tariffs in detail to see whether its users are getting the best deal possible.


SSE Tariffs

SSE offers a range of tariffs at different price points, depending on customer circumstances and requirements. This includes fixed-price, variable, and prepayment plans. All of these tariffs are available as either dual fuel, gas only or electricity only.

The SSE tariffs covered in this guide are for domestic energy customers. If you're searching for business energy tariffs, take a look at our guide to SSE Business (coming soon).

Tariffs for existing customers

Unfortunately, existing customers will likely find it impossible to get the best SSE tariffs. The supplier generally keeps its better deals for new customers as an incentive to sign up in the first place.

Customers who allow their SSE tariff to roll on after the end of their initial contract will find themselves automatically moved on to a standard variable rate. These are usually the most expensive prices an energy supplier can offer, so we recommend planning ahead and comparing energy deals to switch tariff or provider as soon as your current plan comes to an end.

For more information on SSE’s current standard variable tariff rates, scroll down to ‘Variable Tariffs’.

Tariffs for new customers

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Those on standard meters signing up with the supplier for the first time have the choice of four SSE tariffs. Three of these are fixed rate, while the other is variable. Let’s take a look at these plans before comparing them against each other.

All SSE tariffs included in this guide are correct at the time of publishing. However, the provider does change its prices throughout the year.

Fixed-rate tariffs

A fixed-rate tariff is an energy plan where the unit price and daily standing charge remain the same for the duration of the contract, protecting households from sharp energy cost increases. SSE offers fixed tariffs of one or two years, where you’ll see no change to the locked-in price you initially sign up for, even if wholesale energy prices rise or fall.

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1. SSE 1 Year Fix

The 1 Year Fix is SSE’s 12 month fixed price tariff. This plan comes with a smart meter included and, as well as guaranteed no price rises, there's also no exit fee if you leave before your term ends.

SSE 1 Year Fix tariff features:

  • Fixed energy prices for 12 months.
  • No early exit fee should you decide to switch tariff or provider.
  • Free smart meter and installation.

SSE seems to prefer that its customers pay by monthy direct debit, as it was the only method on offer to us when we took out a quote.

2. SSE 2 Year Fix

The 2 Year Fix SSE tariff comes with the same features as the 1 Year Fix, but runs for 24 months instead of 12. Again, this tariff is payable by monthly direct debit and there's no charge for leaving early.

SSE 2 Year Fix tariff features:

  • Fixed energy prices for 24 months.
  • No early exit fee should you decide to switch tariff or provider.
  • Free smart meter and installation.

Variable tariffs

Signing up for an SSE variable tariff, otherwise known as its standard tariff, means agreeing to potential changes in your unit rate and standing charge throughout the year as wholesale market prices fluctuate. While this is great when energy prices fall, it can also see steep increases in your energy costs.

Energy regulator Ofgem sets a price cap for variable tariffs around every six months, which is the recommended limit for how much a provider can charge you. SSE’s variable tariff rates often change around the same time to fall in line with this cap.

Energy suppliers are required to let customers know of any change in prices at least a month in advance, at which point you can switch to another tariff or provider. SSE’s standard tariff comes with no minimum commitment and no exit fees, so customers are free to leave when they want.

SSE Standard Tariff features:

  • Cost of energy can change according to wholesale market prices.
  • No minimum commitment or end date.
  • No exit fees, should you wish to switch tariff or provider.

Prepayment tariffs

Finally, let’s take a look at SSE tariffs for prepayment customers. While a pay as you go energy plan can be great for keeping on top of your energy spending and knowing exactly how much you are paying each month, the truth is that this type of tariff usually works out more expensive than any other fixed or variable tariff.

SSE currently seems to offer just one prepayment tariff; its Standard Variable Pay As You Go.

Standard Variable Pay As You Go features:

  • Cost of energy can change according to wholesale market prices.
  • No minimum commitment or end date.
  • No exit fees should you wish to switch tariff or provider.

Economy 7 tariffs

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Each of the SSE tariffs above are available on Economy 7 electricity plans, with two different unit rates depending on the time. A peak rate records energy usage throughout the day, while a cheaper, seven-hour off-peak rate is charged overnight.

This can be particularly useful for those with overnight storage heaters, which can be charged while prices are cheaper. However, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your electricity use during the day, as peak rates are usually a lot more expensive than what you would pay on a standard fixed plan.

SSE’s Economy 7 off-peak times differ according to location, but typically the seven-hour period is sometime between 10pm and 8.30pm, depending on the time of year.

Does SSE offer a green tariff?

At present SSE doesn’t offer any tariffs with 100% renewable energy. This could change, however, following green electricity provider Ovo’s purchase of SSE.

SSE bundles

In addition to its regular energy tariffs, SSE also offers ‘bundle’ deals, with another of its services included, such as boiler cover or one of its broadband packages. To find out more information about energy deals that include fibre internet and how to sign up, see our SSE Broadband guide.

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