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British Gas is the UK’s biggest domestic energy supplier. It’s the oldest energy provider in the country, hailing back as far as the 18th century. Since then, it’s become a household name, servicing millions of homes and businesses across the country.

Today, British Gas is one of the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers in the UK. British Gas has also created a separate entity to deal with business energy customers called British Gas for Business. It offers bespoke tariffs and rates to commercial users.

While dozens of new suppliers have entered the market over the last ten years, customers still flock to British Gas because of their long history and reliability. Through continued innovation, they provide some of the best customer service in the energy market today.

Ownership

British Gas is owned by Centrica plc, a British multinational energy company based in Berkshire. Centrica was formed in 1997 following the demerger of British Gas plc. 

British Gas was original a nationalised service, known simply as the British Gas Corporation. It was privatised in 1986, floating its shares on the London stock market as a public limited company. British Gas plc was demerged in 1997, forming three companies: Centrica plc, BG plc and Transco plc. Centrica took over gas sales and trading.

Location

The headquarters of British Gas is located in Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey, England. Their address is:

Lakeside

The Causeway

Staines-upon-Thames

TW18 3BF

If you choose to switch through Love Energy Savings, one of our representatives will contact the British Gas team on your behalf, saving you the hassle of back and forth communications. That way, you get the energy tariff you want with minimal fuss.

British Gas prices and tariffs

Prices

Plan name Tariff type Price
Cap Tracker Plus Sep 2021 Variable £1174
Energy Plus Protection Dec 2020 Fixed until 31 Dec 2020 £906
HomeEnergy Fix April 2021 Fixed until 30 Apr 2021 £1171
HomeEnery Secure Green June 2022 Fixed until 30 Jun 2022 £1201

Business tariffs

British Gas for Business offers businesses fixed-rate tariffs in contracts typically spanning 1-3 years. They accept Direct Debit payment for invoices, which can be set up at the beginning of your contract.

British Gas for Business stipulates a 90-day notice period on business energy contracts. You can manage your account online via the British Gas portal.

If you have a half-hourly meter, British Gas will give you a tailored price based on when and how you use your electricity.

Home tariffs

Domestic users can choose from fixed or variable-rate tariffs when they switch to British Gas. The range of tariffs available to domestic British Gas customers include:

  • Variable tariffs — Prices for your energy go up and down in line with the market
  • Fixed-price tariffs — Guarantee your energy rates remain the same over a fixed period of time (typically 12 months)
  • Green tariffs — Electricity you use is replaced with renewable energy, which is fed back into the grid.

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Supply Source

British Gas gets its gas from the three main sources that make up the UK’s gas supply:

  • Natural gas from North Sea and Irish Sea (43%)
  • Natural gas from Europe — mainly from Norway and Russia (44%)
  • Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) from the rest of the world (13%)

British Gas sources electricity from a range of renewable and non-renewable sources.

  • Coal — 7%
  • Natural gas — 37%
  • Nuclear — 11%
  • Renewables — 43%
  • Other fuels — 2%

You can learn more about the typical fuel mix you can expect from UK suppliers in our wholesale energy guide.

Financial Performance

The latest financial figures for Centrica are from End of Year 2018. They are as follows:

Metric Total  Change
Group revenue £27.6bn +6%
Adjusted operating profit £1,392m +12%
Adjusted earnings £631m -9%
Adjusted basic earnings per share (EPS)  £11.2p -10%
Adjusted operating cash flow £2,245m +9%
Group net debt £2,656m +2%

You can see a full breakdown of Centrica plc’s 2018 financials here.

More recently, British Gas has announced that it has increased annual cost savings by £50 million and will reduce investment spending by £100m.

Awards

British Gas is a multi-award-winning energy provider. It has won several awards for its customer service and its fair treatment of employees.

Its notable awards include:

Sunday Times ‘Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work for’ (2010, 2011)

British Insurance Awards — “Business Transformation of the Year” (2011)

Britain’s Most Admired Company (Centrica)

National Customer Service Awards — “Complaints Team of the Year” (2010)

Cancellation Policy

Commercial contracts with British Gas typically have a 90-day notice period. This means businesses need to notify British Gas of a cancellation at least three months before the contract is due to end.

On a domestic contract, you can cancel your Direct Debit with British Gas at any time. However, doing so means you’ll lose your Direct Debit discount (7% off). It also means you’ll need to pay everything you owe within the four weeks following your cancellation.

Check your bills closely before you cancel to ensure you can feasibly pay off any debts to British Gas. You can log into your British Gas account online to see how much you’re in debt or in credit.

Green Performance

British Gas claims to get 43% of their electricity from renewable sources, while only 29% of electricity from other suppliers is green energy.

Centrica is also investing in ‘green’ gas, especially in the production of biomethane (produced from biomass fuels).

Understanding your
British Gas bill

Most British Gas bills are now viewable online; British Gas will send you an email when your bill is due.

Your online or paper bill will tell you:

    • The billing period (typically monthly)
    • What you owe and when it needs to be paid
    • Your estimated energy usage over the billing period
    • A detailed breakdown of your usage (on a dual-fuel tariff, you’ll get a
    • breakdown of both gas and electricity
    • A comparison of this usage compared to last year
    • A breakdown of how the price has been calculated for transparency

Learn more about energy bills.

How to switch to British Gas

Switching to British Gas from your current provider -- or even just getting a better deal on your current British Gas tariff -- is easy with Love Energy Savings. Simply enter your details here to generate energy quotes for your home or business. Then, select the British Gas tariff that best meets your needs.

Our operators will handle the rest, including communicating with your current provider and the team at British Gas. That way, you don’t need to do a thing. Switch and save today.

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Energy saving FAQs

  • List of business energy suppliers

    At Love Energy Savings, we work with the following energy suppliers:

    • Avanti Gas
    • British Gas
    • CNG
    • Crown Gas & Power
    • Dual Energy
    • EDF
    • EON
    • Gazprom Energy
    • Npower
    • Octopus Energy
    • Opus
    • Scottish Power
    • Total Gas & Power
    • Utilita
  • Who is the cheapest energy provider for businesses?

    The cheapest energy provider for businesses will depend on a number of factors, such as:

    • Your location
    • The size of your premises
    • Your current supplier
    • Current spend on business energy
    • Current consumption of kWh units and current standing charges
    • Meter type (standard, economy 7, maximum demand or half hourly)

    The easiest way to find the cheapest energy provider is to compare energy prices.

  • Who is the best energy supplier?

    Choosing the best energy supplier for your business is very important. You want to know that the provider you choose will value you as a customer, that you’ll receive excellent customer service and that the company acts with total transparency.

    Which? consumer magazine published a survey that compared key suppliers on a number of factors including:

    • Bill accuracy
    • Customer service (phone)
    • Customer service (online)
    • Complaints handling
    • Helping you understand and reduce energy use
    • Value for money

    Take a look at the ‘Best and worst energy companies for 2019’ survey for more information.

  • What do I have to do to switch my business energy supplier?

    Switching your business energy has never been easier. Once you’ve found a supplier and quote which suits your business’ needs simply hit ‘Buy Now’ or wait for one of our agents to contact you. Once you’re happy to proceed, we’ll handle the entire switch for you. We’ll need a few additional bits of information along the way, but this will all be explained in your welcome pack