Reading your SSE bill is no mean feat – it can be four pages long, so unless you’ve got time on your hands, it probably just gets left on a shelf somewhere. It’s not just that they’re long, gas and electricity bills can be hard to understand. But your bill contains some valuable information, and understanding it all could save you money if you know what you’re spending or how much energy you’re using. So, if you’re sitting comfortably, then let’s begin – here’s our guide to understanding your SSE energy bill.

example of an SSE energy bill

What information do I need to switch from SSE?

The whole switching process is simple. All the information you need to switch can be found on your SSE bill and includes:

  • Supplier name
  • Tariff name
  • Payment frequency – monthly or annually
  • Energy consumption – either in kWh (kilowatt hours) or pounds

Use our guide below to find this information in your SSE bill:

Once you are armed with this information, use our energy comparison service to find an energy deal.

Just be mindful of any exit fees you may have with SSE for leaving your tariff early. We show you how to find out your exit fee on your bill in our interactive guide above. It’s also worth noting that Ofgem’s Fairer standards of conduct says suppliers can’t charge you an exit fee if you switch within 49 days before your tariff end date – even if your bill says you have an exit fee.

 

How does the switch work?

When you switch your energy, your new supplier will tell your existing supplier that you’re leaving and sort out all the finer details such as the switchover date.

One of the few things you’ll have to do is take a meter reading on the day of the switch. It’s also your responsibility to make sure you’ve paid outstanding bills and to get any credit back from your old energy provider.

Plus, there’s no need to worry about sitting alone in the dark for months on end, because the Energy switch guarantee promises to make sure any problems get resolved quickly and at the supplier’s expense.

The hardest thing you’ll need to do, is make the decision which supplier to switch to.

How can I stay in credit and save money?

Simple changes around the home, such as using energy saving light bulbs; switching off lights when they’re not needed and investing in some draught excluders, can all help reduce energy cost and waste.

It doesn’t sound like much but even taking a minute less in the shower can mean savings of around £8 per year – and could help keep you in credit on your energy statements. And turning down the thermostat by just a single degree could save you up to £85 a year – find out more in our Home energy saving tips.

Why are my SSE bills so expensive?

If the wholesale cost of energy goes up – then prices to consumers, will generally follow suit. This is what’s happened recently and SSE are just one of the five ‘Big six’ suppliers to announce price increases. Only British Gas have held tariffs – but only until August 2017.

It’s not just the cost of gas and electricity to suppliers that have increased. Energy providers are being asked to invest more money into things like renewables and the government’s smart meter initiative – and the burden of this extra cost eventually gets passed on to us.

Should I cancel my SSE contract and switch supplier?

Change can be scary and it’s up to individual households to consider whether they’ll be better off switching supplier. More than 415,000 people chose to switch in February 2017 alone – a fifth up from January. And you can see why when you consider that our customers saved on average £335 on their energy bills^^.

But as we mentioned before, check to see if you’ll incur any cancellation charges from SSE. If you are charged for leaving your fixed tariff, then work out whether those charges are worth paying, or if they cancel out any potential savings.

How do I start comparing energy?

Starting a comparison can be done right here – just answer the questions (they’re not hard – and we’ve shown you how to find all the information you need from your bill). 

So, if comparing deals can be done online and in the blink of smartphone app, and we know that switching’s easy (nine out of ten customers who switched said it was straightforward) then what’s holding you back? Come on – it’s a matter of mind over inertia, so take the plunge and go for the big switch – what’s there to lose?

^^Total sum of savings calculated from CTM dual fuel customer switches from Jan-Dec 2016

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