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Your SSE bill explained

Energy bills can be notoriously long and difficult to understand, and SSE bills are no exception.   

But your SSE bill contains valuable information, and knowing what to look for could help you work out whether you could save money by switching suppliers.

Peter Earl From the Energy team
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example of an SSE energy bill

What information do I need to switch from SSE?

You’ll be pleased to hear that switching energy suppliers is a simple and straightforward process.  

All the information you’ll need to switch can be found on your SSE bill. This includes:

  • Supplier name
  • The name of your current tariff
  • Payment frequency - monthly or quarterly
  • Energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) or pounds

Use our guide below to find this information on your SSE bill.

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1. The type of energy your bill includes

In this example, the SSE bill is for electricity, but it could be for gas or dual fuel if you get both gas and electricity from SSE.

2. The name of your energy supplier

In this case, SSE.

3. The name of your current tariff

In this example, the tariff name is 'SSE1 Year Fixed v8'.

When using our energy supplier comparison tool, you should find your tariff from our drop-down list. If you can’t find the exact name, then pick one that’s closest to your current tariff.

4. If you’re switching electricity, do you have an Economy 7 meter? (skip parts 4 and 5 if you’re only switching gas)

This isn’t always obvious on your bill at first. If you do have an Economy 7 meter, your electricity bill will usually be divided into two sections - one for day usage and one for night usage.  

In this example, the bill payer doesn’t have an Economy 7 meter.

5. Do you have an Economy 7 meter?

Another way to see if you have an Economy 7 meter is by looking at the electricity supply number, which can be found on page 2 of your bill. Typically, it will have 02 in the second box.  

In this example, the box has 01, so it isn’t an Economy 7 meter.

6. How do you pay for your energy?

We’ll need to know your chosen payment method: via Direct Debit, payment when you receive your bill, or payment meter.  

In this example, the payment method is via direct debit.

7. How much energy do you use?

This section shows your estimated annual usage in kWh.

8. Your tariff end date

This shows when your current tariff is due to end. Ofgem’s Fairer Treatment Standards now prevents energy suppliers charging an exit fee if you have fewer than 49 days until the end of your fixed-term tariff.

9. Exit fees

If you decide to switch more than 49 days before your tariff is due to end, you may be charged an early cancellation exit fee.  

In this example, there’s a £30 exit fee if you end your contract early.

10. Your remaining balance

Finally, if you switch you’ll need to pay off any remaining balance from your bill. But don’t worry, you can pay this once you’ve switched.  

Part of the switch process involves a meter reading on the day of the switch. If you’re in debit you’ll be sent a final bill from your old supplier. If you’re in credit, you should receive a refund for the remaining amount owed to you.  

In this example, the bill payer is in credit by £6.34.

Why is my SSE bill so complicated?

At first glance your SSE bill may seem complicated, but that’s because it contains a lot of information. However, all that information is there to give you a greater visibility of tariffs, usage and cost, which will help you make an informed decision when it comes to switching.

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Why is my SSE bill so expensive?

As well as supplying energy to your home, energy suppliers also have to factor in other costs such as administration, obligatory government programmes, VAT and wholesale costs.

You may also find that you’re paying more because the tariff you’re on isn’t the most competitive. That’s why it’s worth shopping around and checking out tariffs from other suppliers to see if you can get a better deal.

Can I reduce my energy usage?

Simple changes around the home can go a long way to helping you cut down your energy usage and costs. For example:

  • Switching to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs 
  • Turning off lights when you leave a room
  • Investing in draught excluders
  • Insulating your loft area
  • Fitting a smart meter

As well as reducing your carbon footprint, small steps to a more energy-efficient home could also help to keep you in credit on your energy bill. Find out more ways to cut down your energy usage with our top energy-saving tips.

Should I cancel my SSE contract and switch supplier?

Change can feel like hassle, and it’s up to individual households to consider whether they’ll be better off switching supplier or moving to a different tariff with the same supplier. But armed with the information you need and using a comparison site, it will certainly make the decision a whole lot simpler. We even take into account any exit penalties (that we’re aware of) when working out how much you could potentially save to help keep things simple.

If you do switch, you’ll have the backing of the Energy Switch Guarantee, which is a promise that changing supplier will be swift and painless. Some changeovers happen in just 17 days.

Why should I compare energy?

Not only is switching a simple process, comparing energy suppliers is too. You could save up to £338** on your annual energy bill.

**Where a saving can be achieved 50% of people could achieve a saving of £338.00 on their dual fuel energy costs based on Compare the Market data in May 2020.

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