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Your 4-step guide to switching energy supplier

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Pick your energy deal

Run an energy comparison and pick the deal that's best for you - cheapest price, green tariff, a big six company or small energy supplier, the choice is yours.

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We do all the work

Your selected supplier sets up your new energy account and contacts your existing provider. All you need to do is take a meter reading when instructed.

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Switch takes place

You automatically get 14 days to change your mind. If your new supplier is signed up to the energy switch guarantee, your switch takes a maximum of 21 days.

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Spend your savings

You could save hundreds of pounds each year by switching your energy supplier. Put it towards a holiday, a new tv or a set of smart lightbulbs - what will you spend yours on?

 

Why should I switch energy supplier?

Have you ever changed your gas or electricity supplier? Or have you been with the same energy supplier for years?

Nearly two thirds of UK households are paying too much for their energy1, normally because they haven’t changed supplier for some time, if ever.

So the chances are that you’re paying more than you need to.

This is because your existing supplier will have placed you on their standard variable tariff, and not one of their best deals offered to ‘new’ customers. Even if you got a great fixed price a couple of years ago, by now you’ll most likely be back on that standard variable tariff again.

The good news is that switching to a new energy supplier or changing tariffs with your existing supplier could save you money on your gas and electric bills. It's easy to do and only takes a few minutes.

So isn’t it worth 5 minutes of your time to check?

Click the COMPARE ENERGY PRICES button at the top of the page to check you’re not paying too much for your gas and electricity.

57% of customers with the 10 largest energy suppliers are on non-price-protected standard variable tariffs - Ofgem trends report, Sept 2017

Why compare energy with Confused.com?  

Confused.com compare energy suppliers using a specialist energy comparison partner. This means we use an expert to help you compare energy prices from the suppliers in your area in just a few minutes.

So we’re certain we can find the cheapest energy deal for you.

No-one wants to spend more money than they need to – especially for gas and electricity. Luckily, our energy price comparison engine makes it easy to find great deals on cheap gas and electricity.

We can also help you find:

  • gas-only tariffs
  • electricity-only tariffs
  • dual fuel tariffs
  • green tariffs

We only need a couple of details to check all of the gas and electricity deals available on the market, and we’ll also show you how much you’ll save by switching to each one.

Then all you have to do is choose the best deal for you, and we’ll take care of the rest.

If you're still feeling a bit confused about why you should switch and what it involves, these guides may help:

How does an energy switch work?

Good news! It’s never been quicker or easier to switch energy supplier.

Just click the COMPARE ENERGY PRICES button at the top of the page and answer a few questions about your property and how much energy you use. It’s better (and more accurate) if you’ve got a bill handy, but don’t worry if you haven’t – we’ve done enough comparisons that we can make a pretty good estimate.

You’ll see a list of tariffs, sorted in order of how much you could save by switching.

  • Find the one that’s right for you and click the Switch button.
  • A couple more details will enable us to contact your new energy supplier to start the switch.
  • Your new company will do everything else, including contacting your existing supplier to tell them you’re leaving.
  • You just need to sit back and work out what to do with the savings!

AND DON’T WORRY! Your new supplier will use all of the same pipes and cables, and at no point will your supply be switched off – you won’t even notice the change, except in your pocket.

Read our full guide to the switching process for more details.

Which energy supplier should I choose?

There are a lot of energy companies out there, both big and small. The important thing to remember is that the gas and electricity they supply is exactly the same. Its just the price you pay for it that’s different.

The Big Six

Energy companies come in all shapes and sizes. The ones you might be most likely to hear about are ‘the Big Six’ – they are:

  • British Gas
  • EDF Energy
  • E.ON
  • Npower
  • Scottish Energy
  • SSE

‘The Big Six’ are a mixture of old national and regional energy suppliers and are mostly owned by European state energy companies. They will tend to offer a range of tariffs to suit different customer requirements.

Smaller suppliers

Smaller suppliers will often offer the best deals but may rely on you managing your account online or through an app – using technology to save on costs.

Newer to the market, they will often operate only in certain areas of the country, or only offer a limited range of tariffs – such as green energy or renewable energy. Some will use apps on your phone, others will offer paperless billing.

OFGEM

The thing that all energy companies have in common is that they are all regulated by OFGEM. So, no matter the size of the company, they all have to follow the same rules.

If a company happened to go bust, then OFGEM also ensure that your supply won’t be affected, and they’ll appoint a new company to take over your tariff.

Your decision comes down to what you want from your supplier – is it cheaper bills, green energy or a useful app?

The choice is yours – click the COMPARE ENERGY PRICES button at the top of the page to make it easy.

What energy tariff should I choose?

The different types of energy tariff can be confusing - dual fuel, online, offline, green, renewable, variable-rate, fixed-rate, second-rate, cheap-skate…

Okay we made those last two up, but you get the picture. At Confused.com we want to make it easy for you to switch energy supplier, so we’ll do our best to explain:

Your first choice is normally whether you want a single-fuel or dual fuel tariff. 

On a dual fuel tariff, you get your gas and electricity from the same company. The energy supplier might give you a discount for doing this, especially if you pay by Direct Debit. Read more about dual fuel tariffs.

Alternatively, you can get a gas-only tariff, or an electricity-only tariff or combine the two – you might find that the combined price saves you money – or you might only need one of them in your property.

Read more about switching gas suppliers or switching electricity suppliers.

Your gas/electricity or dual fuel tariff might be variable-rate or fixed-rate.

  • Variable-rate tariffs will go up or down depending on the price of oil and other factors. They may or may not have an exit fee.
  • Fixed-rate tariffs tell you the price at the start, and how long the price will last for. If you leave a fixed-rate tariff early, you may have to pay an exit fee.

For details on other types of tariff, read our useful guide to tariffs.

Whichever tariff you move to, Confused.com make it easy to switch your energy provider.

Click the COMPARE ENERGY PRICES button at the top of the page and switch today.

More reasons to switch energy supplier

As well as comparing energy prices and the best energy deals, changing the type of tariff you have or the way in which you pay for your energy could also save you money.

Suppliers will often provide additional discounts to tariffs for the following reasons:

  • Opting for paperless billing and managing your account online.
  • Paying monthly by Direct Debit.
  • Switching both gas and electricity to the same supplier.

But there are other reasons you may wish to switch, apart from the savings which a new energy tariff might offer, such as:

  • Environmental awareness

    Green energy tariffs are now offered by all of the 'Bix Six' energy companies, as well as several smaller energy providers. Some providers only offer 100% green energy deals, where 100% of the electricity supplied comes from renewable energy sources, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Protection against future price rises

    Picking a fixed-price tariff will ensure that even if prices rise, the rates you pay for your gas and electricity remain the same until the end of the fixed period.
  • Customer service

    If you've been unhappy with the service you received from your current supplier, you may wish to switch to one with higher customer service standards.

How to control your energy bills

Energy bills are a large part of your monthly household expenditure, so after you switch follow these handy tips to continue to stay in control of your bills.

  • Remember to regularly provide your supplier with accurate meter readings. This will ensure you are only paying for the electricity and gas you are using and avoid any surprises further down the line.
  • If you are on a fixed price energy tariff, keep a note of the end date. Companies often transfer customers to their more expensive standard variable tariff when a fixed price energy deal comes to an end. We recommend comparing deals a few weeks before your fixed price tariff ends.
  • Keep an eye on how much electricity you use. It sounds simple but remembering to turn off lights or electrical items when they are not in use can really help keep your bills down.
  • Learn to use the timer on your boiler - only heating water and using the central heating when you're in the house can save a significant amount on your bills.
  • For more useful energy saving tips, see our energy efficiency guide.

Looking for business gas or electricity deals? Take a look at our commercial energy page.

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