Switching your energy supplier?
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We’ll browse the market for the best deals and show you how much you can save if you switch suppliers with us.
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Once you’ve swapped over you won’t need to do a thing – your new provider will take care of it all, and you won’t be without energy at any point.
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Are there any hidden charges or exit fees when switching?
There are generally no exit fees associated with a standard variable rate tariff. However, you might face them if you’re on a fixed tariff and want to switch before your contract ends. Exit fees can vary from £10 to £40 per fuel, but it’s always worth weighing up the cost of exit fees versus future long-term savings.
You shouldn’t have to pay exit fees if you want to switch after your fixed term tariff has come to an end, so it’s worth querying if you’re asked to pay them in this case.
Energy firms must give around six to seven weeks’ notice of the end of your contract, offering you plenty of time to switch.
What is the cheapest energy tariff on the market?
Generally speaking, fixed rate deals tend to be the cheapest, while using a prepayment meter could be the most expensive way to pay for energy. As of May 2018, the difference between the market’s cheapest energy tariff and the average standard variable tariff for the Big Six is around £350 (according to Ofgem Retail Market Indicators report). However, new energy tariffs come onto the market all the time so this will vary month by month. You might find the cheapest deal for you is one of the exclusive tariffs negotiated by MoneySuperMarket.
What types of energy tariff can I switch to?
The number of new energy providers on the market has increased significantly, with some now offering niche products that cater for a range of requirements. For example, tariffs can now be chosen by payment structure and by type.
- Fixed (a unit of energy costs the same throughout the year)
- Variable rate (the cost of a unit of energy changes throughout the year, depending on season)
- Single fuel (gas)
- Single fuel (electricity)
- Dual fuel (one bill for both your gas & electricity)
- Prepayment meter (pay-as-you-go for your energy, topping up via a ‘key’ or ‘smart card’)
- Economy 7 (an energy plan that supplies cheaper energy during off-peak, or night-time hours)
- Green energy (the energy you use is ‘matched’ by purchases of renewable energy sources such as wind or solar)
Remember, renters have the right to switch their energy tariff as long as they pay the supplier directly. You might still be able to switch if you pay your landlord for energy, but you would normally have to seek their agreement.
What is a dual fuel discount?
If your home uses both gas and electricity, you might have two separate suppliers or perhaps even have two separate bills from the same supplier. Some suppliers offer a so-called 'dual fuel' discount to encourage customers to sign up for both gas and electricity. This kind of discount makes the price lower than the cost of buying gas and electricity separately from that provider.
However, it’s important to compare dual fuel deals against the price of getting electricity from one provider and gas from another. You might find that ‘single’ tariff deals work out cheaper overall, but you’ll have two different suppliers, bills and points of contact to deal with.
How to switch from a prepayment meter
It is possible to switch from a prepayment meter, but some suppliers may charge you for the set up so it's worth checking the small print to see if you could end up paying an upfront cost. Again, it’s worth weighing this cost against future potential savings, as prepayment tariffs tend to be more expensive.
If you are unable to switch from your prepayment meter, you may be able to switch to a better priced prepayment tariff. A quick price comparison will show you the suppliers that could save you money.
Despite the serious potential savings, more than half (56%) of consumers are put off from switching because they think it’s just too much hassle, according to Ofgem.
Why aren’t consumers switching energy provider?
Ofgem found that there are five main fears that prevent consumers from switching:
- Their cost of energy will go up
- They might not save much money
- They might be charged twice or get a shock bill
- Their energy might get cut-off
- Their new supplier could go bust
Comparing the energy market should ease these fears: you’ll find out if your bills could be reduced and see just how much actual money you could potentially save. When you use an energy comparison tool, you’ll see details of the best offers available and be able to easily select the best supplier and tariff for you.
If you are ever charged twice, you can request a refund – and if you pay by Direct Debit, the money will be put straight back into your account.
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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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But you might have other questions. Do we provide access to all the companies operating in a given market? Do we have commercial relationships or ownership ties that might make us feature one company above another?
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.