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If you have gas central heating, a gas cooker or a gas fire, you may well want to join the 254,000 gas customers who switched energy supplier during January 2018**. Here’s a run-down of some common questions about comparing gas prices and suppliers when looking for a new, cheaper gas energy tariff.

What do I need to begin comparing gas prices and suppliers?

It’s useful to have your latest gas bill to hand, but you can still compare without it by answering a few questions to get basic quotes.

If you can tell us how much you currently pay and who your supplier is, and we should be able to generate some competitive quotes for you.

To get a more accurate quote, just add the current tariff you’re on.

What is the process of switching gas supplier?

Once you’ve chosen a new gas package, the switching process is simple and safe.

  1. The new supplier will ask you to fill out another short form.
  2. They will arrange a switching date, and ask for a meter reading to make sure they can work out your bill correctly. They’ll also contact your current supplier to let them know you’re switching.

There’s a two-week ‘cooling off’ period, during which you can change your mind and stop the switch if you want.

Do I need new equipment or gas pipes?

No. Fortunately, a gas switch doesn’t require any building, plumbing or re-wiring. You won’t notice any changes, except to the price of your gas bill.

How long does it take to switch gas suppliers?

With many of the big companies, switching will take no more than 17 days. However, for the smaller ones it can take around six weeks.

Are there green gas suppliers available?

There are a few approaches to generating eco-friendly gas. Some greener suppliers don’t source any gas from fracking, as this method is controversial and involves deep drilling in natural areas.

Other suppliers generate natural gas using innovative renewable processes such as anaerobic digesters, which work by breaking down plant matter or animal waste to release gas that can be used as fuel.

Green gas suppliers are still quite new, so they won’t all be available in every area of the country. If you’ve found a likely candidate for your gas supply, check with them to see if they cover your region.

Will I get a smart meter from my new supplier?

Maybe. It depends on whether they have become available from your supplier in your area. The national roll-out programme aims to get 53 million gas and electricity smart meters installed in the UK by the end of 2020, so whoever you supplier is, you will be getting one soon.

Why compare gas prices with comparethemarket.com?

We offer impartial and independent comparison of over 25 gas companies. Our handy quote generator makes it easy to compare, choose and buy or switch in a few clicks. All our gas deals are listed by lowest annual saving, making it easy to [compare the latest tariffs in the UK] <link to: https://energy.comparethemarket.com/energy/v2/>

**Based on OFGEM Bills, prices and profits data at January 2018.