Switching energy

Energy’s one of those things that we just take for granted, you flick a switch and hey presto! But like all good magic tricks it can be difficult to pin down how the whole process actually works, which can make it feel like you’re trapped on an energy plan that Houdini might struggle escaping from. So if you want to explore your options why not read our guide to switching energy suppliers, we’ll even explain the whole switching process so it won’t feel like a baffling smoke and mirrors trick.


And if you don’t know your Economy 7 from your fixed rate and pre-payment plan, don’t worry, because we’ll explain energy tariffs too. Plus, if you’re worried about something going wrong, you can put your mind at rest by reading about the energy switch guarantee. So find out more and switch energy suppliers today.

Energy tariffs explained

How often do you check your household bills?  Do you know what tariff you’re on or how much you’re spending? Or do you just avoid checking them because they’re a reminder of the money you have to part with? Or maybe you just don’t have the time? Whatever the reason, checking your energy bill is a quick and easy way of knowing whether you’re on the best tariff for you. Read more.


Switching Energy Provider

Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, recently reported that 45% of people don’t recall switching energy supplier. Unfortunately for these customers, they’re likely to be paying a lot more for their energy than they need to.

Ofgem also reported that if these customers did switch suppliers, they could potentially save around £300 a year. Our data though, shows that some customers could save a lot more than that. For example, the average customer in the North East saved nearly £550 when switching with comparethemarket.com, while for our Scottish customers it was just over £400. In some cases, there were customers who saved over £1,000!

These are big savings! So why are people not switching? Let’s look at some of the reasons and dispel some myths:

  • It’s too difficult – It really isn’t! We’re here to make it simple for you. In fact, all you need to make it super smooth is your old bill. We can still help you switch even if you don’t have it, but if you’ve got it, we’ll be able to be more accurate with what you’re saving.
  • It takes too long – Ideally the switch shouldn’t take any longer than 17 days, and this includes a 14 day cooling off period, during which time you could change your mind if you wanted to.
  • I might get cut off – You won’t. When you switch supplier, nothing physically changes with your gas and electricity supply other than the company billing you. Same pipes, same energy as you would have got if you hadn’t switched.

Let’s compare and switch energy providers

Apathy is probably the biggest reason people don’t switch, and apathy is the energy companies’ friend. Don’t pay more than you need for your gas and electricity. Compare prices with comparethemarket.com and switch energy provider today.