How to switch energy suppliers
Switching energy suppliers with usave is easy and will only take you a few minutes. Just enter your postcode and fill in the form, providing details such as your current energy supply and habits. We will then provide you with a list of the best energy deals from all the suppliers in your area, so you can compare prices and find the best deal for you. Once you’ve selected a new tariff, we will make the switch happen. Just sit back and wait for your bills to go down.
What you’ll need to tell us
To get an accurate quote, we will need to know your postcode, who your current supplier is and what tariff you are on. You will also need to tell us your energy habits, as in how much gas and electricity you typically use. You should be able to find this information by looking at your latest energy bill. If you’re struggling to find a bill, we can give you an estimated quote by asking you a few more questions.
How long will it take?
Comparing energy prices and finding the right deal should take you no longer than 10 minutes. Once this process is complete and you’ve chosen a new tariff, it will take no longer than 21 days to make the switch. Your new supplier will take control of the switching process, so you don’t have to do any work. You will also have a 14-day cooling off period after you choose a new tariff, in which you can cancel the switch free of charge.
What happens after you’ve switched
Once you’ve made the switch with usave, your new supplier will contact you with all the details of your new tariff and the exact date the switch will be made. They will ask you for a meter reading, which they will send to your old supplier. If you have any outstanding debt with your previous supplier, they will send you a final bill so you can settle it.
Guides on Using & Switching Energy
Did you know that most people in the UK are spending too much on their energy bills? With the average household spending over £1,000 a year on their gas and electricity, fuelling our homes is one of our costliest outgoings. Switching suppliers is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cut down the cost of your bills, potentially saving you hundreds of pounds a year.
Around two thirds of the country get their energy from one of the Big Six suppliers. However, this often isn’t the cheapest option, especially for those on one of their standard variable tariffs. With so many smaller competitors entering the market in recent years, the range and choice of tariffs out there is vast. By using our energy comparison tool, you could find a cheaper deal that suits you in a matter of minutes.View Guide
Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters being rolled out across the UK. The government plans for every household in the country to have a smart meter installed by the end of 2020. They are designed to ensure that your energy bills are accurate and not based on an estimate. They track your energy usage and send this information to your supplier who will bill you accordingly. They will also display your gas or electricity usage clearly and in real time, allowing you to take greater control of how much you’re spending on energy at home.
If you haven’t got a smart meter already, you should be offered one by the end of next year. But if you want to cut your energy bills now, don’t hesitate to contact your energy supplier so you can get one installed immediately.View Guide
Increasing focus on fossil fuels and climate change has led to a steadily growing interest in energy suppliers who provide energy from renewable sources. In recent years the UK government has been investing in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydroelectricity and biomass. Not too long ago, green energy sources were more expensive than traditional fossil fuels like coal and oil, but with the help of the government’s commitment towards a cleaner environment, green energy prices today are more competitive than ever.
Most energy suppliers in the country are now moving towards providing increasingly green energy, and almost all will offer you at least one green energy tariff. However, there are also some smaller competitors that get all their energy from clean sources, such as Bulb Energy and Ecotricity. If protecting the environment is as important to you as keeping your bills down, you should consider switching to a green energy tariff.View Guide
Prepayment meters let you to pay for your gas and electricity before you use it, allowing you to keep control of your spending. All prepayment meters come with a key or card that you can top up at your local shop, or via an app on your phone if you have a smart prepayment meter. They are particularly useful if you have had problems paying utility bills in the past and don’t want to rack up more debt. However, while you will know exactly how much you are spending on your energy, failure to top up will mean your electricity or gas supply can be cut off.
The amount you pay for your energy on a prepayment meter is usually more expensive than with traditional meters, so if you want to save money it is worth comparing energy deals and switching. By changing meters and switching suppliers you could save hundreds of pounds a year.View Guide
Why should I switch energy suppliers?
Consumers who switch from a standard variable tariff to the cheapest on the market could save up to £320, Ofgem found. And even if you don’t opt for a bargain basement deal—which may be from a supplier you don’t recognise or not offer you the renewable energy you want—you can still rack up savings of a couple hundred pounds without much difficulty.
Lock in Low Rates:
If you haven’t switched supplier in years, the likelihood is that you’re on a default standard variable tariff. These are invariably the most expensive tariffs around, with prices that tend to increase multiple times a year as wholesale energy costs go up.
By switching, you can hop onto a fixed rate energy deal, which means you can lock in a per unit rate for gas and electricity, insulating you from future rises during the contract term—typically 12, 18, 24, or 36 months. Just make note of when the fixed term expires, so you can remember to switch again.
Switch from a Pre-Payment Tariff, for Savings and Convenience:
You’ll have a pre-payment (or pay-as-you-go) tariff if your property has a pre-payment meter. With these plans, you pay for your energy in advance, topping up the meter with a card or key, or an app if you’ve got a smart prepayment meter. Households get switched to prepayment meters because of existing debt to a supplier, or if the billpayer has a poor credit rating.
If you’re eligible to switch to a credit tariff, many suppliers, including all of the Big Six suppliers, will install a new meter for you without charge. And if you’re a pay-as-you-go energy customer, switching is definitely something you should explore. Although the government implemented a cap on the per-unit rate suppliers can charge customers on pre-payment tariffs in 2017, these tariffs remain among the most expensive ways you can buy energy. You can find significant savings by getting a credit tariff. And imagine: you won’t have to run to the local news agent in your pyjamas to top up your meter ever again.
Take Advantage of New Types of Tariffs:
If you haven’t browsed the energy market in a while, you might be surprised at the types of tariffs now available. Green energy tariffs can give you electricity generated from 100% renewable resources like wind and solar power and gas with an increasing percentage of ‘green gas’ or biomethane. Green tariffs have also fallen in cost to be competitive with almost all non-renewable tariffs. A few suppliers now offer 100% renewable energy tariffs, including Bulb, Co-op, Ecotricity, Good Energy, and Tonik Energy.
Online-only tariffs allow you to handle all contact with your supplier, from meter readings to bills, via an online portal, often for a discount. Online tariff spare you the hassle of post through your letter box and reduce the waste your home produces when you deposit that bill directly into the bin.
Get a Smart Meter:
The smart meter rollout is bringing digital, wireless-enabled, next generation meters to every home and small business in the UK. The benefits are great: smart meters eradicate the need for manual meter readings and allow consumers to see their energy use - in kilowatt hours and pounds and pence - in real time via a digital display. This information is also directly sent to your provider, which means the end of estimated bills.
But the smart meter rollout is behind schedule. If you want to be at the forefront of the new digitised energy system, and to find savings by more closely monitoring your energy use, switch to a supplier that can guarantee they’ll provide you with a smart meter.