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Welcome to Utility Saving Expert’s guide to energy comparison, we help you compare energy suppliers from every gas and electricity provider in the UK. It’s quick and easy to carry out an energy switch and start saving money on your utility bills.
If you’re looking to compare energy for your business, use our business energy comparison tool.
You can easily save money on your gas and electricity bills by comparing energy prices – you could even save up to £450.42* per year by switching energy supplier.
Contacting the energy provider directly won’t necessarily get you a cheaper deal. Industry regulations state that energy companies are not able to offer cheaper prices than those found on an energy comparison site.
If you’re comparing energy suppliers, the price will be a key consideration, however, it’s not the only metric you should look at. If you’re searching for the best gas and electricity supplier, it’s always a good idea to look at the reputation of the company in addition to the price they offer.
A smart way to compare energy providers is to take a look at what types of services are available. Look out for their opening hours, how they handle customer queries related to billing and complaints. It’s important to look at the reputation of the company, independent customer ratings and reviews will also be helpful.
It’s quick and easy to compare energy prices with Utility Saving Expert.
You can save up to £450.42* per year by comparing energy prices, it only takes a few minutes using our energy comparison tool.
Whether you rent or own your home, it makes no difference. There may be a chance that you’re paying more than you should be for your electricity and gas bills.
Nearly two-thirds of UK households are currently on standard variable tariffs**
The increase in gas and electricity prices has led the UK government to establish an energy price cap before winter 2018. These new laws will allow Ofgem to put in place this new price cap. This cap should save customers up to £100 per year on their energy bills but we also recommend carrying out an energy comparison to maximise savings.
Until this price cap is in effect, energy providers can still increase their tariff prices, here’s a list of suppliers that increased their prices in 2017:
If you’re on a standard rate tariff, you may see an increase in your utility bills. One way to prevent the price from increasing is to switch to a fixed rate tariff. This will mean that your gas and electricity price will be fixed for the duration of the contract. You may have the option to switch to a fixed price energy tariff that could be cheaper during your contract, some energy suppliers may charge you an administration fee for doing so. It’s a good idea to check the terms and conditions of your contract.
Switching energy supplier using an energy comparison website is a lot simpler than most people think it is. Here’s how you can find a better deal:
If you switch your gas and electricity provider, you will be given a 14-day ‘cooling off period’. This will give you time to decide if you’re happy with the energy switch, alternatively, you can cancel this without incurring any additional fees during this time period.
Once you’ve switched to a new energy supplier, the new provider will inform you on which date the transfer is due to take place. They will ask you for a meter reading closer to the date of the switch, this will be passed on to your previous supplier, allowing them to send you your final bill. Yes, that’s it – there’s nothing more you need to do.
No digging, no drilling, and no additional pipes are required. Your current gas or electricity supply will not experience any interruption.
All UK energy suppliers are regulated by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). This also requires energy companies that are much smaller and not as well-known as the largest energy suppliers to abide by the same regulations. If any company ends up bankrupt, you will be covered by Ofgem – they will make sure that your gas and electricity supply is not affected by a loss of service by assigning a new provider to take over your supply.
Further information can be found at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/.
Under normal circumstances anyone can switch their energy supplier and usually it is quick and easy to do so. However, in some cases you might not be able to switch.
You may not be able to switch if you’re in debt with your current energy provider. Your existing supplier will stop you from switching if you have an outstanding debt owed to them. In addition, a new provider may not want to take you on as a customer if you have had difficulty paying a previous bill.
You are considered to be in utility debt when the amount outstanding has remained unpaid for a period of 28 days or more and amounts to £500 or more. However, if you owe less than £500 and you are on a pre-payment meter is it possible to switch energy company.
If, however, it is proven that the reason you are in debt with your current supplier is because they have failed to do something, for instance, amend your monthly direct debit to cover increased energy usage, then you will be able to switch.
Many people choose a fixed term contract so that they know exactly how much they need to pay each month. However, if you wish to switch energy providers before your contract expires, you may have to pay early termination fees. The fees you have to pay will vary but in our experience the maximum is around £100.
You do however have what’s called a ‘Switching Window’ which opens 49 days before the end of your current contract. If you decide to switch suppliers within the 49-day window – to start once your current contract ends, you will not be liable for any early exit fees.
Another blocking factor can be if you currently have a meter that isn’t supported by the tariff you are looking to switch to, an example of this would be a pre-payment meter, then you may be unable to switch provider. To continue, you will need to consider changing your meter type or look for another tariff that can be supplied to your current meter type.
Our energy comparison service will show you which suppliers are compatible with your tariff and meter preferences so you can make an informed choice before you switch.
If you live in rented accommodation and would like to change gas and/or electricity suppliers then you may need the permission of the property owner, landlord or their appointed agent.
If you are the party who is responsible for paying the gas and electricity bills, and the bills are in your name, then you are entitled to choose which provider you use. However, if the bills are in the property owner or landlord’s name, then switching energy provider is a decision for them to make. It is still possible to switch in these circumstances but we would recommend that you discuss it with your landlord first.
In general, if your request to switch supplier is rejected, due to contract issues or an outstanding debt, they are obligated to inform you as soon as possible. They must provide you with a clear explanation of why they object and ways for you to resolve the issues where applicable.
If you’re looking for a new energy tariff, consider whether you should go for dual fuel (both gas and electricity are provided by the same energy supplier) or selecting each tariff separately (this allows you to buy gas and electricity from two separate companies). We recommend that you compare energy prices for both options. This is because the combined price of individual tariffs may sometimes cost less than a dual fuel tariff.
Also consider the following when carrying out an energy comparison:
Fixed rate deal:
Can be more expensive to begin with but prices are fixed for the term duration.
Variable rate deal:
Can cost less to begin with, your bill may increase or decrease as the price of energy units change.
The cost of your utility bills can also be affected by the way you pay them. You may be able to receive a discount for paying via direct debit, managing the account online using the energy provider’s online portal, and opting out of receiving communication by post.
Here are the key points to consider when trying to understand your energy bill:
You can compare both gas and electricity prices separately with Utility Saving Expert. If you’re receiving both from the same energy supplier, it’s known as a ‘dual fuel tariff’ – this option is available when you compare energy tariffs online.
You may receive a discount from some gas and electricity providers by switching to a dual fuel energy tariff. This will be outlined in the tariff details if applicable.
Remember, the best energy deal may not always be the cheapest option available to you. We recommend that you compare gas and electricity individually as well.
No – your electricity and gas supply will continue as normal. The only difference is, you will now be billed by a different company.
You can expect to be switched over to your new energy provider usually within three weeks.
Most UK energy suppliers have entered into the Energy Switch Guarantee initiative. This essentially means that the energy provider you are switching to will manage the whole transfer process for you, ensuring it has been completed within 21 days.
Yes. Once your account with your previous energy supplier has been closed, you will be sent your final bill. After making your last payment, you should go ahead and cancel your Direct Debit. Sometimes, the previous energy supplier will cancel the Direct Debit on their end too, but it’s always a good idea for you to cancel this as well. If you find that your account is in credit, this money should either be returned to your bank account or sent to you via cheque.
No. Once you switch energy tariffs, the whole process will be managed by your new energy provider. They will inform you about the date the transfer is due to take place. Closer to the switch date, they will also ask you for a meter reading. The information from this meter reading is sent to your previous energy supplier, enabling them to calculate your final bill.
You could be saving hundreds of pounds every year when you switch gas and electricity providers through Utility Saving Expert’s online energy comparison tool.
We compare energy prices from all UK providers, helping you find the cheapest energy tariff available that will save you money.
To find the best energy deals, it will only take a few minutes of your time. Just answer a few simple questions, and we’ll display the tariffs from each company. You will then be able to compare and switch energy providers.
Utility Saving Expert allows you to switch energy supplier directly through our site.
Utility Saving Expert is an energy comparison website. We help consumers save money every day by helping them find out if there is a cheaper gas or electricity tariff available to them.
Our energy comparison tool is accredited by the Ofgem Confidence Code. This strictly regulates how energy comparison websites like us are able to operate. We endeavour to make the process of switching your energy supplier as easy and simple as possible.
We compare utilities on our website for free. We don’t make any money if someone compares companies.
Similar to most energy comparison websites, we are paid a fee each time someone switches energy suppliers. If you decide not to proceed, or cancel your switch, we don’t get paid.
It’s important to note that unlike most energy comparison sites, we donate 10% of our net profits to fuel poverty charities. We believe it’s highly important to fight fuel poverty in the UK.
Yes, we show deals from all UK energy providers that are in the market. We’re able to help you switch to most of them. There are some companies that do not work with us through this way, however, you will still be able to see their tariff prices within the results table to compare them with other providers, you won’t be able to click through to their website from ours.
We can calculate a reliable estimation of what you can expect your bill to be when you select any given gas and electricity provider. This transparency will help you understand how much you could potentially be saving when carrying out an energy comparison.
UK energy suppliers are not able to offer a cheaper price if you contact them directly. This is due to rules and regulations within the energy industry.
We don’t allow gas and electricity companies to get in the way of our ability to serve customers in the best way possible.
We will always display how much you’ll be able to save when you compare energy providers and switch. Any savings you make are not affected by any fees we may receive.
Our energy comparison tool follows Ofgem’s Confidence Code. This is a pledge to place customers at the heart of everything we do.
We provide a free energy comparison service to you. Being transparent with our customers is very important to the way we do business.
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