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The number of Big Six energy customers in the UK still on expensive standard tariffs
The average saving that a typical household could make by switching, according to Ofgem
The total amount that UK customers would save in a properly competitive energy market
The total number of energy switches taken place in 2016 (Source Energy UK)
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.
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.
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.
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usave is a free price comparison website that is dedicated to helping its customers find the best energy deals and save money on their bills. With rising prices throughout the country and a growing number of people living in fuel poverty, we want consumers to get a fair deal. We are an independent firm and unaffiliated with any energy company, so you can be sure there is no hidden agenda and we are not making a profit at your expense.
The majority of households in the UK are overpaying on their energy bills, so it’s very likely that you are too. This is especially true if you are a customer of one of the Big Six energy companies or are on a standard variable tariff. Comparing energy prices is free, simple, and should only take you a few minutes. By doing so you could save hundreds of pounds on your gas and electricity bills.
No. Your energy supply will continue as normal when you switch suppliers. Your gas and electricity will be supplied the same way as before so no changes will need to be made to your home. The only difference you will see is the name of the company on your energy bills, as well as the price you pay.
No. Once you choose a new supplier, they will manage the switching process for you. They will be in contact with you to tell you the exact date of the switch and will ask you for a meter reading. They will then send this information to your current supplier, who will send you a final bill accordingly.
With so many different companies competing in today’s energy market, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of most of them, let alone all of them. However, some of the best deals can often be found with smaller, lesser-known suppliers. All the suppliers that we compare are licensed and regulated by Ofgem, so they all follow the same rules. If your new supplier ends up going out of business, then the regulator will find a new supplier to take on your supply. Your supply won’t be cut off and any outstanding credit balances will be honoured.
There isn’t a simple answer to this, as the price of your tariff will depend on a variety of factors. How much you pay depends on where you live and how much energy you typically use. When you compare energy deals with usave, we will show you a list of the best available deals that are best suited for your needs.
If you get your gas and electricity from the same supplier, you will be on what is known as a dual fuel tariff. It can often be cheaper to buy your gas and electricity together, although this is not always true. The price of your tariff will always depend on your specific requirements and energy usage. Therefore, it is always essential to compare energy tariffs in order to find the cheapest deals that work for you.
You can switch energy suppliers whenever you wish, although if you are on a fixed tariff you may have to pay an exit fee depending on how far into your current deal you are. Different suppliers will have different rules, so it’s important to check with your current energy supplier to see how much you could be charged for ending your deal. Suppliers must tell you at least 42 days before your end date that your current deal is about to expire, so this is a good time to switch. If you let your fixed tariff deal end without switching, you will be rolled onto your supplier’s standard variable tariff, which will usually be one of their most expensive deals.
The amount you spend on your energy bills not only depends on your tariff but how much energy you use in your home. You can save even more money on your bills by making your home more energy efficient. There are many ways you can do this, from insulating your home to washing your clothes at a lower temperature. For an extensive list of ways to save energy at home, read our guide here.
If you are on a low income, you could be eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The Big Six energy suppliers all offer this discount. The criteria to qualify for the discount vary with each supplier, so if you think you might be eligible, contact your energy supplier to find out more information.
Finding the best energy deals with usave is incredibly simple. All you need to do is enter your postcode in the box you’ll find [here]. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to tell us a bit about your current supply including who your current provider is and, ideally, how much you’re spending and using each month.
Next, you’ll be shown a selection of all of the best deals available in your area, and how much you’d save by switching to each. You can see all the key details of the tariffs here to help you decide. Once you’ve picked one, just click through and follow the on-screen instructions, and you’re switch will commence.
Once you’ve decided to switch and have selected a tariff, you’ll enter a 14-day ‘cooling off’ period. During this time, if you decide you actually don’t want to switch, or that you want to switch to someone else entirely, you are free to cancel to process by talking to your new supplier.
This will depend on several factors, including how much you’re spending now and, most importantly, the kind of tariff you’re currently on. If you’re on a Standard Variable Tariff (which is most likely the case if: you’ve just moved in to a property, your fixed rate deal has finished, or you don’t know what tariff you’re on) then savings can be in the hundreds.
To find out exactly how much you could save, enter your postcode [here] to start the comparison process.
Yes, and you’re likely to get a much better deal if you do. However, often people have prepayment meters installed due to arrears from previous energy tariffs, or issues with credit ratings. If this is the case then you may have difficulty switching to a standard meter unless you have cleared your arrears and improved your credit rating.
When the switch goes through, you will be sent a final bill by your current supplier detailing any remaining payments due. For the most part, any debts will simply be included on this bill and won’t hinder the switch (though this will be up to the new supplier). However, if your debts to your current supplier exceed £500, then you’ll need to pay at least a chunk of it back before you’ll be allowed to switch.
Nowadays, with more and more of a focus on environmental issues across all sectors, it’s no surprise that there are an increasing number of energy supplier that specialise in providing clean electricity and cleaner gas. Most providers will try and tilt their energy mix towards renewables, but there are a few who’s electricity is totally green, including: Bulb, Ecotricity, Good Energy, Green Star and LoCO2. To see a detailed breakdown of where different suppliers source their electricity from, check out our where does my power come from guide.
When you move into a new property, you will almost invariably be placed on what’s known as a deemed tariff. This is a standard variable tariff and is the most expensive kind available. So unless you switch right away, you’re going to be paying over the odds for your energy supply.
To make matters worse, unless you set up a new account, your first bill will be based on an estimate – this means that the energy company guess how much they think you might be using and bill you accordingly.
If you’ve received a massive bill for your first month, the first thing you should do is switch right away. Your new supplier will ask for meter readings at some point during the process, and this should correct any overblown estimates. However, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your old supplier and give them up to date meter readings just to make sure – they’ll then send you an amended bill based on what you’ve actually used.
Economy 7 tariffs use a differential meter to charge a different price for energy at peak and off-peak times. The name, Economy 7, refers to the 7 hours during the night when your energy will be cheaper. Economy 10 tariffs are also available and work in much the same way.
A smart meter is a type of energy meter that tracks and sends usage data to the provider in real time. There are various benefits to smart meters, including no more estimated readings inflating your bills, and the ability to monitor your own energy usage in real time and adjust it accordingly to save power and money.
Need more info? Read through some of our helpful guides on energy comparison and use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.