how to switch energy supplier


Get cheaper gas & electricity prices by switching your supplier

If you are new to switching your energy supplier, you will find this guide quite useful.

Many People are now turning to price comparison sites to compare all the energy deals from all the gas & electricity suppliers.

By comparing all the suppliers in one place, you can see who is offering the cheapest priced deals, or the best fixed price tariff.

 

What you need to compare suppliers:

  • Your gas & electricity bills
  • Your annual energy statement ( Your supplier should have sent you one of these)
  • If you have your statement, this tells you how many KWH of gas & electricity you consumed over the previous year.

How to compare prices:

Gas

  1. Enter your postcode, then press the compare prices button on the right
  2. Select your current tariff (this is shown on your bill)
  3. Enter your expected spend on gas & electricity
  4. Select your current payment method
  5. If you don’t know you current usage, selecting the don’t know option will do a calculation based on the UK average consumption of 16500 KWH for gas

Electricity

  1. Follow steps as above from 4 to 5
  2. Economy 7 is normally present when you don’t have gas heating. And has 2 meter readings, for day & night usage
  3. If you don’t know you current usage, selecting the don’t know option will do a calculation based on the UK average consumption of 3300 KWH for electricity

Next

Select your preferred payment method (best prices are available when you choose to pay by direct debit) Then click view results

You are now presented with all the energy suppliers prices for all the different tariffs. As a rule of thumb, you would choose the cheapest, which is the first one you see. During the threat of price rises, it would be wise to choose a fixed price tariff.

Select the tariff which suits you best, then enter your billing information as requested. Your new supplier will then handle the whole switching process.

They will ask you for your meter readings on the day of the switch over.

If you come across anything you are not sure about, please leave a comment below

1 Comments

  • Richard (#)
    August 15th, 2011

    I agree it is important to compare energy suppliers in order to make sure you are paying a fair price. Prices often change and the only way to make sure you are getting a reasonable price is to do a comparison. You will often get several choices, and the best option will depend on your area.

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