What is the energy price cap?

The price cap on energy limits how much energy suppliers charge customers for energy. It was introduced in 2019 by Ofgem, UK's energy regulator.

Ofgem updates the energy price cap twice a year. The current Ofgem price cap was set on 5 February 2021 and it comes into effect from 1 April 2021.

Your energy bill isn’t capped – this will change depending on how much energy you use. The price cap applies to:

  1. The standing charge (the fixed monthly or daily amount that you pay your electricity and gas supplier for maintenance and other costs, such as maintaining a connection to the power network) and
  2. The price for each kWh of electricity and gas (the units your bill is calculated from).

How will I know if the price cap applies to me?

The price cap applies to you if you’re on a residential standard variable energy tariff or a deemed tariff.

You can be on a standard variable energy tariff whether you pay by Direct Debit, credit, or if you use a prepayment meter or Pay As You Go meter.

Your energy tariff prices won't be capped if you are on a fixed-term energy tariff.

Recently joined EDF from Green Network Energy? We guarantee that you will see a price decrease compared to your tariff with Green Network Energy until at least 30 September 2021(1).

Will my energy bills go up or down with the price cap?

If the cost of getting gas and electricity to your home goes up or down, your bill and payments will also go up or down.

As well as the price cap, how much you pay for energy also depends on:

  • How much gas or electricity you use. If you use more energy, then your bill will go up. If you use less, then it will go down
  • Where you live in the UK
  • The tariff you're on and how you pay for your energy
  • The type of energy meter you have
     

If you're an EDF customer we'll let you know if your prices will go up because of the price cap.

How to save money on electricity and gas bills

EDF customer?

For peace of mind, you can choose a fixed tariff where the price you pay for each unit of energy won't change until the tariff ends.

Log into MyAccount to change to a fixed tariff.
 

Not an EDF customer?

Switch to zero carbon electricity ay zero extra cost(2).

Compare energy prices to see what you could save. All of our home and small business energy tariffs are backed by zero carbon electricity as standard.
 

Ways to spend less energy at home

Save energy at home

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Get a smart meter

See how much you spend on energy so that you can make small changes to cut your energy usage and lower your bills.

Energy-efficient heating

Our heating solutions can help you lower your home's carbon footprint as well as your energy bills.

Help and support for EDF customers

Help if you're struggling to pay

We're here to provide support if you need help to pay your energy bills or manage your debt.

Extra support if you're vulnerable

Are you a vulnerable customer and need support with stress, illness, bereavement, disability, or debt? Our Priority Services are here for you.