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Watt's happening with the energy price cap?

Herman Khosah

Written by Herman Khosah, senior marketing executive

The energy price cap changes every three months and has decreased from £1,920 a year to £1,690. This is for a typical household with electric and gas that pays by direct debit. Remember, it is only the rates that are capped. If you use more energy, your will pay more.

What is the energy price cap?

Some people think the energy cap is the maximum you could spend on energy bills per year, but this is not the case. It is the limit an energy company can charge you for standing charges and per unit of energy you use.

Your energy bills could end up being more or less than this depending on your energy usage. Every household is different, so please keep an eye on your usage.

The energy price cap applies when you are on a standard tariff that you pay by direct debit, standard credit, or a prepayment meter, it does not apply when:

  • You are on a fixed-term energy tariff
  • You are on a special time or green energy tariff

What is the current energy price cap?

The current energy price cap is £1,690 and is expected to be reviewed every three months going forward, the next changes are expected at the beginning of January.

Here is a look at the average price per unit you will expect to pay:


24.50 pence per KWh

Daily standing charge of 60.10 pence


6.04 pence per KWh

Daily standing charge of 31.43 pence

What is the daily standing charge?

The daily standing charge is a fixed daily charge you pay for energy no matter how much you use. 

Who is my gas and electricity supplier? 

It is important to find out who your energy supplier is so you can work out who to pay and what energy tariff you are currently on.

Use the following ways to find out who your current energy supplier is:

Gas supplier

Use the Find My Supplier free service or call the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524 (calls cost 7p per minute).

Electric supplier

Contact your local electricity distribution company to find out who your electricity supplier is.

How to save on your energy bills in the home

Here are a few simple ways you can save on energy in your home and reduce your energy bill.

  • Do not overfill the kettle, it might seem small but only boiling what you need will help save money and energy
  • Never leave your TVs, computers, or stereos on standby, you are wasting a surprising amount of electricity by doing this
  • Turning your thermostat down by just one degree could cut your heating bills by a whopping 10%
  • Always cook food with the lids on. This saves heat and allows you to cook food faster using slightly lower temperatures, meaning you use less energy
  • Turn off lights in rooms you’re not using. It is an easy thing to forget and can make all the difference to your bills
  • Check out these other energy saving tips that could help you save money on your energy bills

(Originally published August 2023. Updated with current information).

Help with money

Energy advice - free services to help reduce your energy bills.

Home Energy Scotland or call 0800 808 2282 (Scotland)

- LEAP online or call 0800 060 7567 (England)

Citizens Advice - help if you are struggling with your bills. Citizens Advice online or call 0800 144 8848

Help for households - find out what cost of living support you could be eligible for. Cost of living campaign.

Our Financial support team - free, one-to-one money advice with our friendly Home Group team. Financial support team.

Money and benefits support - from budgeting to energy saving tips and having fun on a budget. Money, benefit and wellbeing support.

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