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What is the energy switch guarantee?
The aim of the energy switch guarantee is to give consumers more confidence in switching energy suppliers as well as making the overall process quick and easy. The whole process is taken care of by your new provider, and you won’t be without gas or electricity at any point – and in the unlikely scenario that any problems do occur, your new provider will work to resolve it as soon as they can.
You’ll also be able to cancel the switch at any time within 14 days – if you do, you’ll remain with your old provider. If you have any credit from your previous energy account, this will be refunded within 14 days of your final bill.
Can I switch gas tariffs if I’m a tenant?
If you’re a tenant and you pay the supplier directly, you’ll be able to switch supplier. If your landlord pays the bill out of your rent, you won’t be able to switch without discussing it with them first, and they’ll need to make the switch themselves.
What’s the difference between the Big Six and smaller energy suppliers?
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
- Scottish Power
However there’ve been an increasing number of smaller providers, such as First Utility, Octopus Energy, and Ecotricity. They may not be as well-known as the ‘Big Six’ companies, however 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
- You may be able to find a cheaper deal when you switch over
Can I switch if I’m on a prepayment meter?
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 – shopping around and comparing deals is the best way to find a better deal.
What is the energy price cap?
The energy price cap is calculated and set by Ofgem, and they’re reviewed every six months. In April 2020 the price cap was set at £1,127 for standard variable tariffs (SVT) and £1,163 for prepayment meter tariffs – but the new price cap set in July 2020 changed it to £1,042 for SVTs and £1,070 for prepayment tariffs. The caps are reviewed every six months and will next be updated in February 2021.
Will I have to pay an exit fee when I switch gas suppliers?
If you’re on a fixed-rate tariff it’s likely you’ll need to pay an exit fee when you switch, as most fixed tariffs require you to sign a contract. However you won’t need to sign a contract for standard variable tariffs, and there are usually no exit fees.
How can I compare gas tariffs for my business?
Finding an energy tariff for your business is slightly different to domestic energy. Energy suppliers for businesses will offer the option of auto-renewing your contract, and while this might reduce the hassle of finding a supplier, you may also be on a more expensive tariff than you need to be.
All you need to do is give us at MoneySuperMarket a few details about your business’s energy usage and location, and you’ll be able to find a better deal for your business. 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.
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Why use MoneySuperMarket to switch your energy?
You could save hundreds of pounds by switching your gas and electricity to a cheaper tariff through MoneySuperMarket.
We help you compare prices from all the energy suppliers in the UK, so you can find the cheapest deals in the market.
It only takes a few minutes to find a cheaper energy deal. All you have to do is answer some simple questions, and we'll show you tariffs and offers from all the energy companies. We’ll also show you how much you could save by switching to each tariff, to help you choose the best one for you.
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 switch you to a new deal over the phone.
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We commit to providing you with clear and informative answers on all points such as this, so we have gathered the relevant information on this page.