We’ve looked at where you can get the cheapest gas and electricity prices in the Manchester 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.

Who are the cheapest energy suppliers in Manchester?

By using the current prices for tariffs in Manchester 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 Manchester?

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 Manchester 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 Manchester?

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.

Manchester 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 Manchester 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 Manchester?

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 Manchester, 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 Manchester 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.

Which distribution network covers Manchester?

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 Manchester 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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