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Unprecedented market conditions mean we can’t switch your energy right now.

But if you run a comparison and leave your email, we'll let you know as soon as we can. 

Compare energy tariffs from a wide range of suppliers

 Give us 5 mins of your time and we’ll hunt down energy deals from household-name suppliers.

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Switching your electricity supplier?

When switching is available, you can be with your new supplier within 21 days – with no interruption to your service. Everything is handled by your new provider, so all you need to do is compare and go.

  • It takes five minutes

    Give us your postcode and tell us
    about your energy usage – your most
    recent bill will give you the best results

  • We'll search for tariffs

    We’ll search the market
    and show you what you get if
    you switch suppliers.

  • You’re good to go

    Once you’ve started your switch you
    won’t need to do a thing – your new
    provider will take care of everything.

What types of electricity tariff are there?

There are normally so many suppliers, tariffs and prices on the market, the choice can sometimes be overwhelming. It’s simpler than you might expect, however. There are six main types of electricity tariff available – you can pick from the following:

  • Fixed

    A fixed-price electricity tariff has a set price for each unit of electricity you consume, so your bill only changes as your consumption does. You’ll need to sign a contract to access this tariff.

    Fixed tariffs protect you from price hikes, but you’re locked in if prices fall – and there are often exit fees if you want to leave early.

  • Variable

    Sometimes known as a standard variable tariff, this is the most popular type of electricity tariff. The cost of each unit changes with the electricity market, but there’s no contract and no exit fees.

    If you’re on another tariff, most suppliers will automatically switch you over to a standard tariff when your existing contract runs out.

  • Dual fuel

    A dual fuel tariff means you get both your electricity and gas from a single supplier. This can be convenient, as there is only one point of contact to manage all your energy.

    Dual fuel tariffs can be either fixed or variable, and suppliers may offer discounts if you choose to buy both electricity and gas from them. 

  • Green

    Green energy tariffs guarantee that at least some – but usually most or all – of your energy comes from renewable sources – such as solar, wind or tidal power.

    These tariffs can also be either fixed or variable, and in recent times they’ve started to become cheaper than non-green tariffs.

  • Prepaid

    Prepayment tariffs let you pay for your electricity in advance. You top your meter up online, or using a card or key, making them a good way to manage the exact amount of energy you use.

    You generally pay more per unit than on other tariffs – and there’s always the risk that the meter will run dry at an inconvenient time.

  • Economy 7/10

    Economy tariffs work like standard variable tariffs, with one main difference: unit prices are cheaper at night. They reward people who are prepared to run appliances after a certain time.

    The price per unit can go up or down depending on the market, but there are normally no early exit fees or contracts to sign.

How to reduce your electricity bill

To superpower efficiency and slash your bills further, you can make a few changes around the home.

  • Turn appliances on standby off

    The Energy Saving Trust estimates that turning appliances off at the plug will save the average household up to £80 a year. You can use cheap timer plugs to schedule when your appliances go off.

  • Buy efficient appliances

    Throwing out a perfectly good appliance won’t save you money, but when it is time to swap, go for one with a high energy-efficiency rating. An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £320 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model.

  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature

    Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help reduce your energy usage, and if you can cut out one wash cycle per week you’ll clip £5 off your annual energy bill.

  • Monitor your usage

    Keeping a watchful eye on your consumption levels can help you decide if and when you have to change the way you use energy. A smart meter will track your consumption with accurate information.

     

Most of the country’s energy comes from the Big Six, the six biggest energy suppliers in the UK. These are:

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

However, there are an increasing number of smaller providers, such as First Utility, Octopus Energy, OVO and Ecotricity. They may not be as well-known as the ‘Big Six’ companies, but they do offer certain advantages:

  • Some smaller suppliers specialise in green energy
  • Many also come out on top for customer service, compared to the Big Six

There is a government scheme called the Warm Home Discount, which can get you a £140 discount on your electricity bill. This is a one-off payment that is taken straight off your bill between September and March – rather than being paid into your account.

Read more about the Warm Home Discount with our guide.

Finding an energy tariff for your business is slightly different to domestic energy. You can request a call back from our energy experts, or call them yourself on 0800 088 6986, and discuss your requirements so you can find the right business energy deal for you.

If your bills are included in your rent, or if your landlord rebills you for electricity costs, then it’ll be up to them to arrange your electricity supply. You can always ask them to switch if you have a preference, or you could ask to arrange it yourself.

Whether you’ll be able to get a smart meter will depend on your provider and when they plan to roll them out in your area – they may be available already. It’s best to contact them directly to make an enquiry.

Learn more about smart meters and how they work with our guide.

Switching energy suppliers is quick and easy thanks to the energy switch guarantee. The whole process is taken care of by your new provider, and you won’t be without energy at any point. If there are any issues, your provider will try to resolve them as soon as possible, and you should be fully switched over in twenty-one days.

Comparing energy tariffs with MoneySuperMarket is the easiest way to switch suppliers. All you need to do is tell us a little about yourself, your home, and your approximate energy usage – the more accurate you can be, the more accurate your bills will be.

We’ll show you a list of quotes from the ‘Big Six’ providers, as well as smaller providers. Once you find the deal you want, just click through to the provider to finalise your switch.

You’ll be able to switch from a prepayment meter to a credit meter if you aren’t in debt to your current provider – but you might need to undergo a credit check.

Some suppliers might charge a fee to change your meter, but not all will.

There are two price caps: one for standard variable rate or default tariffs, and one for prepayment tariffs. These are calculated and managed by Ofgem and limit the amount that suppliers can charge their customers.

The caps are reviewed every six months. As of February 2022, the price cap is set at £1,971 for the average household on standard variable tariffs and £2,017 for prepayment tariffs. They will be reviewed again in August 2022.

There is no cap on fixed tariff prices.

Cheap deals are hard to come by at the moment, due to unprecedented market conditions. 

However, we're confident that when the market returns to normal, the best way to track down a low cost electricity deal is to compare prices with our quote generator at the top of this page.

Just enter your postcode and tell us a few details about your energy usage and we’ll search tariffs from over 50 providers to track down our pick of the best. 

Better still, you’ll be waiting no longer than five minutes for your quote. 

You’ve almost certainly read the headlines about unprecedented price increases in energy prices. The bad news is that the factors that caused the price hikes are ongoing, which means that right now there are fewer-than-usual energy tariffs for consumers to choose from. 

As of now, it's cheaper for you to stick with your current supplier.

Some suppliers are still offering tariffs that you can switch to. But because we don’t think these tariffs are right for our customers, we’ve taken the decision to remove them from our site. So you won’t be able to sign up for them through our switching service. 

We’re hopeful that in future wholesale prices will fall and that the competitive, money-saving tariffs we were previously able to offer you will return to the market. At which point, we’ll be delighted to switch your energy and help you cut your energy bills. 

However, if you’re on a fixed-rate tariff right now, it’s likely to be cheaper than the tariffs that are currently in the market. For that reason, you may want to stay put for the time being.   

If you’re on a variable tariff, your choice of deals is currently very restricted. What’s more, the tariffs that are available are likely to work out more expensive than staying on your current deal. So once again, it’s probably a good idea to stay put. 

While we’re waiting for tariffs to improve, we’d recommend you to leave us your email. When switching becomes available again, we'll get in touch with you about the deals you can get.

We help you compare prices from all the energy suppliers in the UK, so you can find the right deal for your needs.

It only takes a few minutes to see what you can get. All you have to do is answer some simple questions, and we'll show you tariffs and offers from all the energy companies.

When switching is available, we can help you switch to tariffs from most companies directly through MoneySuperMarket. Just click the green button, answer a few more questions, and you’re done.

If you’d prefer to talk to someone, you can call us on 0800 177 7087. We can answer any questions you might have, and even help switch you to a new deal over the phone when the time comes.

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