Energy tariff alert: once your deal ends, switch again

If your fixed-term tariff has just ended or ends soon, it’s time to find another deal.

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If your fixed-term tariff has just ended or ends soon, it’s time to find another deal.

At MoneySuperMarket, we recommend that households buy their gas and electricity using a fixed-term tariff that charges a fixed amount for each unit of energy used.

At the moment, eight of the top 10 energy deals are fixed rate tariffs. If you opt for this sort of deal, you protect yourself from prices hikes during the term of the fix.

If prices fall, you’re at liberty to switch mid-term – although in some cases you have to pay an exit fee to end the deal early.

Expensive option

One of the crucial points with fixed deals is that, when they come to an end, the energy provider will move you over to its standard variable tariff – and this will usually be much more expensive.

So if you’re on a fixed deal that’s coming to a close, or have just slipped onto a standard tariff because your fixed deal has expired, you need to shop around for your next fixed tariff.

You can start looking about six weeks before your current fixed deal ends – you won’t be charged an exit fee in this period.

When you find the deal you want, you tell the new provider and they’ll manage the switching process, ensuring that there is no interruption to your supply.

The whole process should take no more than 17 days, and there’ll be no need for any work to be done inside or outside your property, or in the street. Everything happens behind the scenes.

More than 20 fixed and variable-rate deals finished last month or are due to finish by the end of the year. Another batch of 26 end in January 2016.

So to check our tables to see if your fixed tariff is listed as having just ended or as ending in the next six weeks or so – and then shop around for your next

Tariffs that ended in November

British Gas: Fixed Price November 2015
Extra Energy: Bright Fixed Price Nov 2015 (v1)
Extra Energy: Fresh Fixed Price Nov 2015 (v1)
Extra Energy: Fresh Fixed Price Nov 2015 (v2)
Extra Energy: Fresh Fixed Price Nov 2015 (v3)
First Utility: iSave Fixed v33 November 2015
First Utility: iSave Fixed v35 November 2015
First Utility: SYB Collective Switch November 2015 (v32)
Npower: Online Price Fix November 2015
Sainsbury’s Energy: Fixed Price November 2015
Scottish Power: Online Fixed Price Energy November 2015

Tariffs ending in December 2015

Co-operative Energy: Fair and Square December 2015
Extra Energy: Bright Fixed Price Dec 2015 (v1)
Extra Energy: Fresh Fixed Price Dec 2015 (v1)
Extra Energy: Fresh Fixed Price Dec 2015 (v2)
Extra Energy: Fresh Fixed Price Dec 2015 (v3)
Npower: Fix December 2015
Npower: Price Fix December 2015
Sainsbury’s Energy: Fixed Price December 2015
Scottish Power: Online Energy Saver 7 (December 2015)
ScottishPower - Fixed Price Energy December 2015
ScottishPower - Fixed Price Energy December 2015 Online
ScottishPower - Online Fixed Price Energy December 2015

Tariffs ending in January 2016

Co-operative Energy - Fair and Square January 2016   
Extra Energy - Big Deal SaverPlus Collective Jan 2016 v1 
Extra Energy - Bright Fixed Price Jan 2016 v1   
Extra Energy - Bright Fixed Price Jan 2016 v6   
Extra Energy - Bright Fixed Price Jan 2016 v7   
Extra Energy - Bright Fixed Price Jan 2016 v8   
Extra Energy - Bright Fixed Price Jan 2016 v9   
Extra Energy - Fresh Fixed Price Jan 2016 v1   
Extra Energy - Fresh Fixed Price Jan 2016 v5   
Extra Energy - Fresh Fixed Price Jan 2016 v6   
Extra Energy - Fresh Fixed Price Jan 2016 v7   
Extra Energy - Fresh Fixed Price Jan 2016 v8   
Extra Energy - Fresh Fixed Price Jan 2016 v9   
Extra Energy - Fresh Fixed Price Jan 2016 v10   
Extra Energy - Merry Christmas Fixed Price Jan 2016 v1  
Extra Energy - Merry Christmas Fixed Price Jan 2016 v2   
Extra Energy - Merry Christmas Fixed Price Jan 2016 v3   
first-utility - iSave Fixed v10 January 2016   
M&S Energy - M&S Energy Fix & More Jan 16   
M&S Energy - M&S Energy Fix & More Jan 16
npower - Online Price Fix January 2016   
Sainsbury's Energy - Fixed Price January 2016   
Sainsbury's Energy - Price Freeze January 2016   
ScottishPower - Fixed Price Energy February 2016   
ScottishPower - Fixed Price Energy February 2016 Online   
ScottishPower - Online Fixed Price Energy January 2016

Please note: any rates or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing. Click on a highlighted product and apply direct.

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