Ofgem’s energy price cap to fall by 7% in July – what does it mean for your energy bills?

3 min Read Published: 24 May 2024

Ofgem announces cut to energy price cap for July 2024Ofgem, the UK's energy regulatory body, has announced that the energy price cap will fall by 7% from 1st July 2024. It means that the typical annual household dual-fuel energy bill will drop from £1,690 to £1,568, equating to an annual saving of around £122 for the average household. When combined with the 12% cut to the energy price cap in April, energy bills are likely to be around 20% cheaper than last year as we head into winter.

What is the energy price cap?

The energy price cap was introduced by Ofgem to control the maximum amount that energy providers are allowed to charge consumers for each unit of gas and electricity. Ofgem calculates the price cap every 3 months and takes into account the cost of VAT, wholesale energy prices and the cost to provide energy. It then provides an annual figure based on the average dual-fuel household that pays via direct debit.

The energy price cap is based on the average dual-fuel household bill and how much you will actually pay will vary depending on how much energy you use.

Energy price cap figures - 2019 to 2024

We provide a brief history of the energy price cap figures going back to 2019 below.

Date Energy Price Cap is effective from Energy Price Cap
1st October 2019 £1,089
1st April 2020 £1,073
1st October 2020 £993
1st April 2021 £1,084
1st October 2021 £1,216
1st April 2022 £1,887
1st October 2022 £3,371
1st January 2023 £4,059
1st April 2023 £3,116
1st July 2023 £1,976
1st October 2023 £1,834
1st January 2024 £1,928
1st April 2024 £1,690
1st July 2024 £1,568

How much will I pay for energy under the new price cap?

The following table shows how much you can expect to pay for each unit of gas and electricity from 1st July 2024. The figures will vary depending on where you live in the UK. Remember, the amount you pay under the new price cap will be based on your energy usage and the charges stated below, assuming you pay by direct debit.

Current energy price per unit

(1st April - 30th June 2024) 

New energy price per unit 

(1st July - 30th September 2024) 

Electricity  Daily Standing charge: 60.10p

Unit price per kWh: 24.50p

Daily Standing charge: 60.12p

Unit price per kWh: 22.36p

Gas Daily Standing charge: 31.43p

Unit price per kWh: 6.04p

Daily Standing charge: 31.41p

Unit price per kWh: 5.48p

(Source: Ofgem)

Is now a good time to switch to a fixed energy tariff?

You need to consider what is important to you. The energy price cap changes every 3 months, while fixed deals typically last 12 or 24 months. There is a danger that should you fix, a better deal may be just around the corner. The real benefit to fixing your energy deal is the assurance that you know exactly what you will be paying for your energy over a set period. While better deals could come to market during your fixed period, you are protected should there be a sudden surge in energy prices.

Looking at the current predictions, if you can find a fixed deal that is around 5% cheaper than the latest Energy Price Cap figure, you are likely to pay less on your fixed deal compared to staying on your provider's standard rate. Remember, this is assuming that future predictions are correct and come to fruition.

Alternatively, if you simply want to ensure you pay less than the energy price cap and are not worried about a spike in energy prices then Eon Next's Pledge tariff might be worth considering. Unlike a fixed energy tariff, rather than providing you with a set price for your energy, the tariff fluctuates, tracking 3% below the energy price cap figure. We cover this tariff in more detail as well as a roundup of the best fixed rate tariffs on the market in our article 'What is the cheapest fixed price energy tariff? - Best deals compared'.

What to do if you're struggling to afford your energy bills

Your energy supplier may be able to help you arrange an affordable repayment plan if the cost of energy is becoming overwhelming, so it is best to contact them as soon as possible. We provide some tips if you are struggling to afford your energy bills in our article 'How to save money on your energy bills'.

There are also a number of grants and schemes available for those who are most vulnerable. More information and help on the cost of living can be found in our Cost of Living guide.