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Ecotricity is cutting gas bills for all UK customers by 7% from April 1 – it’s the biggest price reduction of any energy company in Britain so far.
Those with the provider’s standard variable dual fuel tariff and its gas-only variable tariff will benefit from the move – including those with prepayment meters.
Electricity-only customers will not see prices fall, and Ecotricity does not sell fixed-rate tariffs.
Which? verdict on Ecotricity
Last year, Ecotricity shared the top spot with Good Energy; this year it’s down to third place with a slight drop in customer score.
Established in 1996 as a green electricity company, 100% of its electricity now comes from renewable sources. Its gas is promised to be frack-free (no shale gas), and Ecotricity says it has spent an average of £265 a year per customer on building new sources of green electricity over the past decade.
Ecotricity has a very simple tariff structure, offering just one tariff for electricity and one for gas, with no exit fees. Read the complete review at Which?
Have other providers cut bills?
The move by Ecotricity follows previous price cuts announced by the major energy providers over the last few weeks:
- E.on cut gas prices by 5.1% from 1 February.
- Scottish Power will cut gas prices by 5.4% from 15 March.
- British Gas will cut gas prices by 5.1% from 16 March.
- EDF will cut gas prices by 5% from 24 March.
- Npower will cut gas prices by 5.2% from 28 March.
- SSE will cut gas prices by 5.3% from 29 March.
More on the price cut at Moneywise
Free guide to green electricity suppliers, from Ethical Consumer
"Britain's Greenest Energy"
"Green electricity is always going to be better for the environment than conventional electricity from fossil fuels and nuclear sources with their associated emissions and radioactive waste (which we still haven’t found a long term disposal solution for).
It’s this sort of electricity that The Big Six and most independent companies supply. But not all green electricity is equal- some sources of it have a lower impact than others.
As you can see from the table below the electricity we supply is the greenest of any company in Britain, by some way.
And since we’re the only company supplying green gas in Britain, we don’t need to do a lifecycle analysis to know that ours is the greenest. It’s currently 5% green, and that percentage will grow as we build our own Green Gas Mills – through our unique model, turning your bills into mills." - Ecotricity
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