Energy Saving

Understanding the energy price cap drop

Published on
February 27, 2024
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What the energy price cap drop means for you

At Padly, we're committed to keeping our customers informed about developments in the energy sector that could impact their household budgets. Recently, Ofgem made an announcement regarding a drop in the energy price cap, and we want to break down what this means for you.

Recap: What is the energy price cap?

For those who may be unfamiliar or haven't read our previous blogs on energy price cap news, it is a safeguard implemented by Ofgem to protect consumers from paying excessive prices for their energy. It sets a limit on the maximum amount suppliers can charge for each unit of gas and electricity, and this is reviewed by Ofgem every three months.

Understanding the energy price cap drop

Ofgem's recent announcement states that the energy price cap is set to decrease between the 1st April and 30th June 2024. The 'typical' household using gas and electricity and paying by Direct Debit, can expect to pay a reduced £1,690 per year (£141 a month). Currently, the same 'typical' household pays £1,928 per year (£161 a month). This means the average homeowner will be saving a total of £238 a year (£20 a month).

However, it must be stressed that the specific amount you pay will depend on how much energy your household uses, where you live and the type of meter you have.

Why is it being dropped?

Several factors contribute to the decrease in the energy price cap. Ofgem regularly reviews the cap based on changes in wholesale energy prices, network costs and policy costs. In this instance, a combination of factors, including lower wholesale energy costs and reduced network charges, has led to the decrease.

How to maximise your savings

Now that you're aware of the upcoming drop in the energy price cap and the potential savings it could bring, it's essential to consider how you can make the most of this opportunity to reduce your energy bills further.

1. Review your energy usage

Now is a better time than ever to take a moment to assess your household's energy consumption habits. Are there areas where you could be more energy-efficient? Simple changes like turning off lights when not in use, unplugging appliances, and using energy-saving settings on electronics can make a significant difference over time.

2. Consider switching tariffs or suppliers

With the energy price cap decreasing, now might be a perfect time to explore alternative tariffs or suppliers. By shopping around, you may find better deals that align with your energy usage patterns and offer even greater savings.

3. Invest in energy-saving measures

Consider investing in energy-saving upgrades for your home. This could include installing smart thermostats, upgrading to energy-efficient appliances or improving insulation.

4. Invest in a high-efficiency boiler

If you have been considering investing in a new boiler, now could be the perfect time to take the plunge so that you can benefit from the upcoming energy price cap drop. Your choice of boiler plays a significant role in your energy consumption. While high efficiency boilers may have an upfront cost, they can save you money in the long run due to lower energy consumption.

At Padly, we're committed to providing the best boiler brands, models and types with the highest Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) ratings. Get a personalised online quote today!

To summarise, the energy price cap drop brings welcome relief to consumers, with potential savings of £238 per year for the average household. This reduction is attributed to various factors such as lower wholesale energy costs and reduced network charges. To maximise savings, we encourage you to review your energy usage, consider switching tariffs or supplies, invest in energy-saving measures and explore high-efficiency boiler options.

At Padly, we remain dedicated to empowering our customers with information and providing tailored solutions to help them manage their energy expenses effectively.

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