We’ve looked at where you can get the cheapest gas and electricity prices in the Widnes area to give you an idea of what you could be paying if you switched energy suppliers and how much you could save on your energy bills.

Widnes is a Town in Cheshire with the postcode sector WA8 7.

It is a town in the North West known for its industrial history and vibrant community. With historic landmarks, green spaces, and quaint shops, it offers a mix of traditional and modern amenities. The town’s residents take pride in their heritage and welcoming atmosphere, making it a charming destination for visitors.

Who are the cheapest energy suppliers in Widnes?

By using the current prices for tariffs in Widnes and the average gas and electricity usage for a 3-bedroom home, we have found the below energy providers currently have the cheapest tariffs near you:

Supplier NameTariff NameTariff TypeMonthly CostAnnual Cost
OVO Energy1 Year Fixed + Boiler CoverFixed£133£1,591
Outfox The MarketSuper Fix'd 12m Apr-24Fixed£134£1,605

EDF Energy
EDF EssentialsFixed£134£1,606
E.ON NextNext FixedFixed£135£1,625
British GasFixed Tariff 12MFixed£136£1,627
This was last updated 3rd May 2024.

Use our comparison site here to find the cheapest gas and electricity prices based on your usage.

Who is the best energy supplier in Widnes?

When looking at energy suppliers, it is important to not just focus on price.

Using data from Trustpilot, we have highlighted the best-performing energy suppliers that are available in Widnes  below:

Supplier NameReviews RatingNo. Reviews
Octopus Energy4.8265,000+
OVO4.4155,000+
EDF Energy4.375,000+
E.ON Next4.275,000+
British Gas4.1195,000+

What are the maximum standing charges in Widnes?

Your standing charge is a daily fee you must pay to your energy supplier regardless of your energy usage. Under the rules of the Ofgem price cap, a company is allowed to charge a maximum amount, which varies depending on where you live.

Widnes falls under the North West area, meaning standing charges are currently capped at 31.62p per day for gas and 51.19p per day for electricity.

This means that whoever your supplier is, these are the maximum amounts they can charge you.

Combined, this gives a maximum standing charge for gas and electricity of 82.81p.

This means that Cheshire is in the area ranked 3rd out of the 14 regions in terms of maximum standing charges rates (14th is highest). The capped price is 9% lower than the average.

These rates are based on the July 2024 price cap.

What are the maximum unit prices in Widnes?

Your unit rate is how much you are charged per unit of gas or electricity you use. These units are measured in kWh.

Similar to standing charges, a supplier can charge a maximum for each unit of gas or electricity, which varies depending on your area.

In Widnes, as it is in the North West, the cap on the unit rate for electricity is 24.67p and the maximum unit rate for gas is 5.96p.

Combined, this gives a maximum unit charge for gas and electricity of 113.44p.

This means that Cheshire is in the area ranked 3rd out of the 14 regions in terms of maximum unit prices (1st is lowest).

The capped rate is 7% lower than the average.

Again, these are based on the July 2024 price cap and will next be updated in October 2024.

What is the average energy usage for a property in Widnes?

Widnes is in the Halton local government area.

Gas Usage

In this area, there are 59,000 domestic properties.

56,000 of these properties have a gas meter whilst 2,000 are not connected to the gas grid (approximately 4% of properties).

The total gas usage for this area is 534 GWh, with the average household consuming 9,589 kWh of gas per year.

For context, the area with the highest average gas usage was the Elmbridge District, with 16,182 kWh per year, and the lowest gas usage was the City of Plymouth, with 7,976 kWh per year.

Electricity Usage

In total, there are 57,400 domestic electricity meters in this area.

The total consumption of all meters comes to 163 GWh, with the average household consuming 2,862 kWh of electricity per year.

For context, the area with the highest average electricity usage was the Cotswolds, with 4,947 kWh per year, and the lowest electricity usage was the South Tyneside District, with 2,527 kWh per year.

How do properties in Widnes rate for energy efficiency?

When it comes to the efficiency of properties, 49% in Halton are rated as EPC Band C or above.

The lowest-rated area in the UK (Pendle District) has only 22% of properties rated Band C or above.

In contrast, the best-performing area (Salford) has 65% of properties rated Band C or above.

The average estimated CO2 emissions from these properties is 3.3 tonnes/year for existing properties and 1.3 tonnes/year for new properties.

Combined, the average CO2 emissions for properties in this area is 3 tonnes/year.

When it comes to central heating, the table below shows the main fuel type used for central heating in this area:

Fuel TypePercentage
Community heating scheme1%
Electricity6%
Mains gas92%
Oil0%
Other or unknown1%

How is the smart meter rollout going in Widnes?

Smart meters are currently being rolled out across the UK and are available for free to most customers from their energy suppliers.

In Halton (which covers Widnes) 63% of meters are a smart meter, based on the latest available data from 2023.

Torridge has the lowest percentage of smart meter installations, with only 46% being smart.

In contrast, Chesterfield has the highest percentage of smart meters at 69%.

Which distribution network covers Widnes?

The UK’s energy distribution network is supported by several key companies, each responsible for specific regions. These firms manage the infrastructure delivering energy to homes and businesses, ensuring a reliable supply.

Due to being based in the North West region, the distributor for Widnes is Electricity NorthWest.

Electricity NorthWest maintains 13,000 km of overhead lines and 44,000 km of underground cables. Covering areas from the Lake District to Manchester, they deliver reliable electricity and are investing £1.7 billion (2023-28) for continued service excellence, since acquiring the network in 2007.

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