Energy price cap
Ofgem’s energy price cap limits what you pay for gas or electricity on a variable rate plan. Find out how it works – and how it affects your prices.
January 2024 price changes
The way energy suppliers set prices is impacted by:
- The price cap – set by Ofgem, the energy regulator. This limits the amount customers on variable rate plans will pay for each unit of gas and electricity and sets a maximum standing charge.
- The Energy Price Guarantee – provided by the government to help households with energy costs during the energy crisis. It’s a discount on gas and electricity prices and is in addition to the price cap. It applies to both variable and fixed rate plans.
The Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) level will remain at £3,000 a year for customers who pay monthly. This is above the level of the price cap so won’t impact prices for anyone who pays monthly. Pay As You Go customers will still see a price increase, but will receive an EPG discount on their gas and electricity standing charges from 1 January - making their new price £1,917 a year for a typical household2.
What this means if you Pay As You Go for your energy
All Pay As You Go prices are variable – these will increase with the new price cap on 1 January. However, you’ll receive a discount on your gas and electricity standing charges through the Energy Price Guarantee (EPG). This is so that you’ll most likely pay no more than Pay Monthly customers.
This means your overall price will increase on 1 January, but you’ll receive a discount on your standing charge.
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Sources and references
1Figures are for typical domestic consumption paid by Direct Debit (11,500 kWh for gas and 2,700 kWh). This will vary based on actual household usage.
2Figures are for typical domestic consumption for customers that Pay As You Go (11,500 kWh for gas and 2,700 kWh). This will vary based on actual household usage.
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