Switching times

A few years ago it used to take nearly two months to switch energy suppliers. It was a long and drawn out process, but thanks to new government regulations and Ofgem guidelines this has reduced considerably for some suppliers. It’s a great time to switch, so let’s take a look at the switching process and find out how quick it really is...

Get to know your bill

Don't just skim read your bill. Agreed, it can be an arduous task reading it from start to finish, but it really is worth it. If you have trouble deciphering all the jargon and mass of numbers have a look at our understanding your bill guide. Your bill outlines the contract you've taken with your current supplier – there's a section all about your current tariff or plan. It will detail the plan name, the type of deal, how long it lasts and importantly when you can end the contract and if you can if there is an exit fee.

Limitations on switching

There could be limitations to switching if you’re bound into a fixed contract, however you may be able to pay a cancellation fee to switch earlier. Also if you are in debt with your current supplier, contact them to see what your options are or speak to citizens advice.

Switching Times

The following details are correct as of August 2016

Energy Supplier Switching time
Affect Energy 17 days
Avro Up to 6 weeks
Better Energy 17 days
Bristol Energy 21 days
British Gas 17 days
Bulb Energy 21 days
Co-operative Energy 35 days
Daligas 17 days
E Up to 6 weeks
EDF Energy 17 days
E.ON Up to 6 weeks
Ebico Up to 6 weeks
Ecotricity 17 days
Economy Energy Up to 6 weeks
Extra Energy up to 6 weeks
First Utility 17 days
Flow Energy Up to 6 weeks
GB Energy Supply Up to 6 weeks
GnERGY Up to 6 weeks
Go Effortless Energy Up to 6 weeks
Good Energy 17 days
Green Energy 17 days
Green Star Energy 17 days
Iresa Up to 6 weeks
iSupplyEnergy 35 days
LoCo2 35 days
M&S Energy 17 days
npower 17 days
Octopus 17 days
Ovo Energy 17 days
Places for People Energy 21 days
Robin Hood Energy 21 days
Sainsbury's Energy 17 days
Scottish Power 17 days
So Energy Up to 6 weeks
Spark Energy 35 days
SSE 17 days
SSE Atlantic 17 days
SSE Scottish Hydro 17 days
SSE Southern Electric 17 days
SSE Swalec 17 days
Utilita 28 days
Utility Warehouse Up to 6 weeks
Zog Energy Up to 6 weeks