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The Ultimate Guide to Energy Comparison

Welcome to the Utility Saving Expert guide to , we help you compare energy tariffs from every gas and electricity supplier in the UK. It’s quick and easy to carry out an energy price comparison and start saving money on your energy bills.

Compare energy quotes today by using the comparison tool above. It’s quick and easy to get an online quote within minutes, we compare every energy provider in the UK for you, helping you save money.

If you’re looking to compare energy for your business, why not use our business energy comparison tool.

Energy Price Comparison

Comparing Energy Prices

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 takes a few minutes using our price comparison tool to start saving today.

Here’s how to tariffs

  • green-bullet-pointEnter your current details, including your current energy supplier and your postcode
  • green-bullet-pointCompare energy tariffs from a whole range of energy providers
  • green-bullet-pointSelect the best energy tariff that meets your needs
  • green-bullet-pointEnter some confirmation details, including your contact and payment details
  • green-bullet-pointSelect ‘confirm’, and you’ll be switched to your new energy provider usually within three weeks

Whether you rent or own your home, it makes no difference – you can start saving money on your energy bills by comparing energy deals today.

There may be a chance that you’re paying more than you should be on your energy bills. Nearly two-thirds of UK households are currently on standard variable tariffs***

Compare energy prices to start saving.

Compare gas and electricity

You can compare both gas and electricity prices with Utility Saving Expert. If you’re receiving both gas and electricity from the same energy supplier, it’s known as a ‘dual fuel tariff’ – this option is available when comparing energy tariffs online.

You may receive a discount from some gas and electricity energy providers by switching to a dual fuel energy tariff. This will be outlined in the tariff details if applicable.

Remember, the best gas and electricity deal may not always be the cheapest energy option available to you. We recommend that you compare the price of gas and electricity individually as well.

Compare gas only

Do you want to compare gas prices only? No problem. Select the ‘Gas’ option when you start using the comparison tool. This option will only display and compare gas prices. You will not be shown any electricity tariffs within the results page. You can now choose from a number of energy suppliers.

Compare electricity only

If you only wish to compare electricity prices, select the ‘Electricity’ option when you start using our comparison tool. This will now only display and compare electricity prices. You will not be shown any gas tariffs within the results page. You will have the option to choose from a range of energy suppliers.

Compare energy suppliers

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/or electricity supplier, it’s always a good idea to look at the reputation of the energy 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 from each energy supplier. 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 energy company, independent customer ratings and reviews will also be helpful.

Each and every energy provider within the UK will be regulated by Ofgem, this essentially means that energy companies of all sizes, small or large, will have to follow the same rules and regulations.

Knowing that each energy company is regulated by Ofgem should give you peace of mind when using an energy price comparison tool. All energy companies will be required to follow the same rules, if any company does go under, you will be covered by Ofgem – they will even make sure that your energy supply doesn’t get cut off by arranging for an alternative energy supplier to take over your tariff if required.

Here’s how to tariffs

  • green-bullet-pointLook at the reputation of each energy company
  • green-bullet-pointLook at what services each energy provider offers
  • green-bullet-pointEvery energy company in the UK is regulated by Ofgem

Energy price comparison hints and tips

Don’t get caught out by rising energy prices

How to avoid energy price hikes.

The increase in energy 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 recommend carrying out an energy comparison to maximise savings.

Until this energy 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:

  • pink-bullet-pointBritish Gas
  • pink-bullet-pointEDF
  • pink-bullet-pointEon
  • pink-bullet-pointNpower
  • pink-bullet-pointScottish Power
  • pink-bullet-pointSSE
  • pink-bullet-pointCo-operative Energy
  • pink-bullet-pointBulb

If you’re on a standard rate tariff, you may see an increase in your energy bills. One way to prevent your energy 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.

Compare energy tariffs and start saving today.

Switching is the quickest and easiest way to save on energy bills

Switch energy provider to save money today by starting an energy comparison with Utility Saving Expert.

The best way to save money on your energy bills is to either change the tariff you’re currently on or switch your energy provider. You can save up to £450.42* per year by using our energy comparison tool.

Comparing energy deals and tariffs is quick and simple with Utility Saving Expert’s energy comparison tool. You can do this within a few minutes. You’ll usually be set up with your new energy supplier within three weeks, your current gas or electricity to your home will not be at risk.

Why should you compare energy prices

You can easily save money on your energy bills by comparing energy prices – you could even save up to £450.42* per year by switching your energy provider.

Contacting the energy supplier directly won’t necessarily get you a cheaper price. Industry regulations state that energy companies are not able to offer cheaper prices than those found on an energy comparison sites.

Want to know how much you could save? Compare energy prices now, it’s quick and simple to get a no obligation quote today. Use Utility Saving Expert’s comparison tool to find the best deal.

How does switching work?

How to switch energy supplier using an energy price comparison website.

  • pink-bullet-pointEnter your current details, including your current energy supplier and your postcode
  • pink-bullet-pointCompare energy deals from a range of energy suppliers
  • pink-bullet-pointSelect the best energy tariff that you’re happy with
  • pink-bullet-pointEnter some confirmation details, including your contact and payment details
  • pink-bullet-pointSelect ‘confirm’ to switch to your new energy provider usually within 21 days

If you switch your gas or electricity energy provider, you will be given a 14-day ‘cooling off period’. This will give you time to decide if you’re happy with your energy switch, alternatively, you can cancel this without incurring any additional fees during this time period.

Understanding your energy bill

How to understand your energy bill.

Here are the key points to consider when trying to understand your energy bill:

  • pink-bullet-pointThe tariff: the bill will display the name of your current energy tariff
  • pink-bullet-pointEnergy Comparison rate: this will state how much your current energy tariff costs, allowing you to easily compare the rate
  • pink-bullet-pointEnergy consumption: how much gas or electricity you use, calculated in kilowatt hours (kWh)
  • pink-bullet-pointTerms and conditions: Information on your notice period, conditions of current energy price plan etc.

Tips on saving energy

How to save gas and electricity.

Our guide to increasing energy efficiency explains how you can save money on your gas and electricity in the home. Here are some key considerations to make:

  • pink-bullet-pointInstall a new boiler that is more energy efficient
  • pink-bullet-pointPurchase appliances that are rated to be energy efficient
  • pink-bullet-pointTurn off electrical appliances that are left on standby overnight
  • pink-bullet-pointInstall a smart thermostat and reduce the household temperature
  • pink-bullet-pointWash clothes at a lower temperature
  • pink-bullet-pointInstall double glazed windows
  • pink-bullet-pointConsider roof and wall insulation to improve energy efficiency

Ofgem Confidence Code

Our energy comparison engine is accredited under the Ofgem Confidence Code. This regulates how comparison websites operate. We follow strict guidelines to ensure that the process of switching your energy provider is as easy and straightforward as possible.

Energy Switching FAQs

How do energy price comparison websites work?

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 energy 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.

Similar to most comparison sites, we are paid a fee each time someone switches their energy tariff.

However, unlike most energy comparison sites, we have pledged to donate 10% of our net profits to fuel poverty charities.

Why should I switch my energy supplier?

Why compare and switch energy suppliers using an energy comparison website?

You can easily save money on your household expenditure by switching to a new energy tariff.

Nearly two thirds of UK households are paying more than they should be for their gas and electricity.***

Want to know if you could start saving hundreds of pounds** every year on your energy bill. Comparing energy tariffs is quick and easy, it only takes a few minutes using our price comparison tool.

How do I compare and switch energy suppliers?

Switching your energy supplier using an energy comparison website is a lot simpler than most people think it is. it’s easy comparing energy tariffs to find a better deal. Here’s how:

  • blue-bullet-pointEnter your postcode and the type of energy you wish to compare
  • blue-bullet-pointInclude information about your property and current energy usage (this can be found on your latest energy bill)
  • blue-bullet-pointYou will be presented with a list of energy tariffs showing how much you will save next to each one by switching
  • blue-bullet-pointSelect the tariff and energy company you’re happy with
  • blue-bullet-pointEnter your contact and payment details to confirm
  • blue-bullet-pointThat’s it. You’ll be switched over to your new energy provider usually within three weeks

What happens when I switch?

Once you’ve switched to a new energy supplier, your 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 energy 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.

How long will it take to switch energy providers?

You can expect to be switched over to your new energy provider usually within three weeks.

Most UK energy companies 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.

I haven’t heard of this energy company – is it safe to switch to them?

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 energy tariff.

Further information can be found at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk

How do I choose the right energy tariff?

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 energy 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 energy tariff.

Also consider the following when carrying out a price comparison:

Fixed rate deal:

Can be more expensive to begin with but energy prices are fixed for the term duration

Variable rate deal:

Can cost less to begin with, your energy bill may increase or decrease as the price of energy units change

The cost of your energy 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.

Do I need to inform my current energy supplier?

No. Once you’ve selected a new energy tariff, the whole switching 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 supplier, enabling them to calculate your final energy bill.

Do I need to cancel my Direct Debit?

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.

Can I switch energy providers?

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 energy 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 energy 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 to a new energy company.

If, however, it is proven that the reason you are in debt with your current energy 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 provider.

Many people choose a fixed term energy contract so that they know exactly how much they need to pay each month. However, if you wish to switch to a new provider 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 an early exit fees.

Another blocking factor can be if you currently have a meter that isn’t supported by the energy 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 with the switch, you will need to consider changing your meter type or look for another tariff that can be supplied to your current meter type.

Our comparison service will show you which suppliers are compatible with your tariff and meter preferences so you can make an informed choice when you switch.

If you live in rented accommodation and would like to change gas and/or electricity supplier 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 to you switching and ways for you to resolve the issues if applicable.

Energy guides

If you would like additional information, why not take a look at our energy guides:

Other energy saving ideas from UtilitySavingExpert.com

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Why compare energy and switch with us?

Why use Utility Saving Expert to switch your energy provider?

You could be saving hundreds of pounds every year by switching your gas and electricity provider to a lower priced energy tariff via Utility Saving Expert’s energy comparison tool.

We prices from all UK energy providers, helping you find the cheapest tariffs 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 energy company. You will then be able to easily to see how much you could save by switching to a new tariff.

Utility Saving Expert allows you to switch tariffs available from most energy companies, directly through our site.

If you would like to speak to someone on the phone, contact us on 01242 32 31 31. We’re happy to answer any queries, and even help you switch to a new energy tariff.

How do we make money from utility switches?

We compare utilities on our website for free. We don’t make any money if someone compares energy companies.

However, if you choose to switch after carrying out a energy comparison on this website, we’ll be paid a fee. If you decide not to proceed, or cancel your switch, we don’t get paid.

It’s important to mention that unlike most energy comparison websites, we donate 10% of our net profits to fuel poverty charities. We believe it’s highly important to fight fuel poverty in the UK.

Do we compare the whole energy market?

Yes, we show deals from all UK energy companies that are in the market. We’re able to help you switch to most of them. There are some energy 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 energy providers, you won’t be able to click through to their website from ours.

Fortunately, we do work with all UK energy companies to ensure we present accurate pricing. This allows us to calculate a reliable estimation of what you can expect your energy bill to be by selecting any given energy provider. This transparency will help you understand how much you could potentially be saving when carrying out an energy price comparison.

UK energy companies are not able to offer a cheaper price if you contact them directly. This is due to rules and regulations within the energy industry.

How does our relationship with energy companies affect our service to you?

We don’t allow energy 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 by comparing energy providers and switching. Any savings you make are not affected by any fees we may receive.

Our comparison tool follows Ofgem’s Confidence Code. This is a pledge to place customers at the heart of everything we do.

We believe it’s extremely important to fight fuel poverty, this is why Utility Saving Expert has pledged to donate 10% of net profits to fuel poverty charities.

Why are we telling you this?

We provide a free gas & electricity comparison service to you. Being transparent with our customers is very important to the way we do business.

UtilitySavingExpert.com Ltd’s Gas and Electricity comparison service is provided by Energylinx – Registered Address: e-centre, Cooperage Way Business Village, Alloa, FK10 3LP.

*Our gas and electricity comparison site is powered by our partner Energylinx. Energylinx provides the gas and electricity comparison service for UtilitySavingExpert.com Ltd and is fully accredited to the Ofgem Confidence Code. No common ownership or control rights exist between us. Giving you confidence in the knowledge that the projected costs are calculated in accordance with approved industry standards.

**20% of all users over the last 60 days (31 Aug – 29 Oct) achieved a saving of at least £450.42
***60% of UK consumers are on standard variable tariffs, Ofgem Retail Energy Market report 2017