Compare energy prices & switch suppliers
Beat the price rises. Use our comparison tool to find cheaper energy and switch in minutes.
Whole of market energy comparison
Rising energy costs have hit households hard over recent years.
- In 2017, energy bills rose by an average of 5.6%, and further rises are predicted in future.
- Government analysis has indicated that 11.1% of households are living in “fuel poverty”, a situation that occurs when households cannot afford to adequately heat their home.
- The average cost paid for a dual-energy tariff is £1,138 per year.
The last point is particularly worth noting, as it suggests that thousands – if not millions – are overpaying for their supply. The industry watchdog, Ofgem, found that the cheapest tariff is around £788 per year, which means that some households could be paying £300 per year more than necessary for their energy.
While suppliers are now required to make people aware if there is a lower tariff suitable for their needs, prices continue to rise for these standard variable tariffs, placing more strain on already-struggling households. Often, the simplest way to lower your energy bills is to switch supplier – which is why we have put together a simple, straightforward method for energy comparison, so you can be sure you’re always getting the best possible deal.
How to compare energy prices for your home
Comparing energy prices is incredibly quick and simple. All you need to do is:
- Find the details of your current energy usage; your latest bill is the best place to obtain this information.
- Input your address and supply usage details into our comparison tool.
- You will then see a range of available deals, along with the potential savings you can enjoy should you decide to make the switch.
- You can then confirm your switch online at the click of a button.
- You’ll receive further communication from both your old and your new energy supplier to confirm the switch.
How do I choose a new energy supplier?
As well as the “big” energy companies that tend to dominate the marketplace, there are a number of smaller suppliers that you may wish to consider. However, choosing which supplier is right for you can be a difficult process, and all the more so if you are not particularly familiar with the company suggested. Here’s a few tips to help ensure you are able to make the right choice:
- Price. Price is the arguably the most important factor in your decision, so it’s important to read through all the terms and conditions of any prospective deal to ensure you know exactly what you will pay.
- Tariff details. You need to know the details of your tariff and whether it has a time limit in place. This is particularly important if you are looking at prices for a “fixed rate” tariff; a type of tariff that fixes your energy costs for a period of time, usually between one and two years. When these fixed rate tariffs expire, you will revert to the standard variable tariff, which can be incredibly expensive. You will need to know exactly when your fixed rate tariff ends, so you can either plan to negotiate a better deal or switch supplier again.
- Terms and conditions. As touched on above, the process of finding the right energy provider for you is complicated by hidden terms and conditions that can catch even the savviest of buyers out. It’s therefore important to read through all the documentation pertaining to your new deal, paying particular attention to the contract termination clauses – you’ll need to know how to end the deal if you wish to switch supplier again in future.
- Reputation. It’s fair to say that given the increase in prices over recent years, few energy companies enjoy a stellar general reputation. However, it’s well worth reading reviews from actual customers of a supplier you are considering, as this can help delve beneath the overall negative perception and provide a helpful insight into what the supplier is actually capable of delivering to end users.
- Eco-friendly commitments. Some suppliers – and particularly smaller suppliers – have committed heavily to delivering eco-friendly energy. If this is an area that is important to you, then researching a company’s commitment to clean energy is an important aspect of the decision-making process. Most energy companies will provide information on their website that details how they source their energy and their plans for a greener future, so give these a read and see if they align with your own thoughts on the matter.
If you keep the above in mind when choosing your next energy supplier, you are all the more likely to be able to find the right company to meet your needs.
Is switching energy supplier difficult?
Not at all. In the vast majority of cases, you won’t need to do anything beyond confirming your details online; the process of switching energy suppliers has been greatly simplified over recent years. Your supply will be automatically transferred on the given date – you won’t even notice it’s happened. All that will change is your direct debit and the company you speak to if you experience an issue; everything else remains exactly as it has been before.
The energy prices you can compare
Energy tariffs are rarely one-size-fits-all, which is why our energy comparison service can be broken down into specific services to suit every household need.
- Gas and electric tariffs. These tariffs are known as dual fuel tariffs, which means that a household obtains both forms of energy via a single provider. As this is one of the most popular forms of energy contract, we have ensured our comparison service makes it easy to compare gas and electricity prices that are included on a dual fuel tariff.
- Gas only. You can compare gas prices separately from electricity prices if you prefer.
- Electricity only. If you would prefer to only compare electricity prices, then this option is also available to you.
Can I switch my supplier if I rent my home?
There should be no problems regarding this on the supplier’s side, though it is always worth checking your rental agreement to ensure you have permission to do this. If in any doubt, call your landlord just to be sure.
What if I change my mind?
Will I be charged to switch energy supplier?
Potentially. If you are still in-contract with your existing supplier, then there is a chance they will be able to charge you an “exit fee” – the exact amount will depend on your contract terms and conditions. If you are concerned you may be asked to pay an exit fee, speak with your existing supplier and ask when this period expires, and then diarise a reminder to consider changing your supplier after this date.
It is also worth noting that some suppliers will offer to pay your exit fee from your existing contract. Suppliers offer this to attract new customers, and it could well be worth taking advantage of their generosity if the option is available.
Start comparing gas and electricity now
By comparing prices for gas and electricity, you could save a substantial amount of money each month. Given that switching is simple, easy, and hassle-free, it’s well worth taking the time to explore your options and see if there may be a better deal available to you. You can compare a range of tariffs and contracts right here on this site – we hope you are able to find the right fit for your needs!