Compare your utilities and get the best deals!
We all like to save money. Whether it’s paying the gas and electricity bills or changing to a new provider for your phone, digital TV and broadband package, we’ve got a host of great deals that will help you save your pennies (or, more likely, pounds!) We can even help out with your personal finances from savings accounts and credit cards to loans and mortgages. Just click below and let us do the hard work for you.
With a few quick and simple questions, we can start showing you options from energy providers across the UK.Start comparing
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Frequently asked questions
Why should I compare utilities?
Comparing things like your gas, electricity, phone, TV and broadband, could mean saving money. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut – using the same supplier year in, year out, but sadly, loyalty doesn’t always pay.
For example – energy industry regulator, Ofgem, found that customers who switched supplier (having never done so before) saved around £200 annually. And customers that switched suppliers through us, saved a massive £87 million^^ between them in 2016 – surely, you’d like a piece of that?
But it’s not just about getting some hard cash back in your pocket or keeping your nest egg nice and warm. When you compare and buy with us, you could get 2 for 1 cinema tickets* and we all know that movies with a friend is far more fun than a movie on your tod.
^^Total sum of savings calculated from comparethemarket.com dual fuel customer switches from Jan-Dec 2016
How do I compare utilities?
Comparing is easy at Compare the Market – all we’ll do, is ask you a few questions about what it is you’re looking for and we’ll search available deals and packages based on what you’ve said and show you your options so you can compare based on a range of criteria such as price, saving and contract length.
If you want to compare energy tariffs, it’s a good idea to have a recent bill handy, because the answers to the questions we’ll ask you, will be on there.
And if you’re a bit hazy about what something means or what you need, then we can steer you in the right direction. We’ve got loads of good advice (well, we think so anyway) to help you find something just right for you – so, find out more about broadband, home phone and digital TV and check out our energy and money hubs too.
What do I need to compare energy utilities?
All the information needed to compare and switch your energy supplier can be found on a recent bill.
We’ll ask you things like how much energy you use – either in kWh (kilowatt hours) or in pounds, what your existing tariff is called and who your supplier is. We’ll also need to know your postcode and how you pay your bills – monthly or quarterly for example. If you don’t know where on earth to find all of this of information, then don’t worry – our Understanding your bill guide, will put you on the right path.
And if that still sounds like a lot of work and you’ve got a smartphone – well, then you’re in luck, our Snapt app makes life even easier – find out how to use Snapt and get quotes in just a few seconds.
How does switching energy utilities work?
When it comes to the big switch, it can seem daunting, but in truth, very little will change. The only noticeable thing will be that your bills come from a different supplier.
All you need to do is compare deals, find one you want and then go for it. When it comes to switching, your new supplier will usually take the lead and sort out all the details with your existing provider. In the majority of cases, they'll even break the news to the existing supplier that you're leaving.
Within a few weeks, you should get confirmation of all your switching details – such as new tariff, payment method and billing dates. Check the information is correct and then wait for the big switch.
The only things you'll need to do are pay off any outstanding debt or ensure you're credited back anything you're owed. You'll also need to take a meter reading.
You can leave partway through a contract but check whether there are any exit fees. If there are, then you'll have to work out whether it's worth switching in the first place.
But if your potential move is scuppered by pricey exit fees that aren't worth forking out for, wait for notice of your current contract ending. Under Ofgem's new code of conduct, energy suppliers have to tell you that your contract is due to end 42-49 days before it does. During this time, if you choose to switch, then you can't be charged any exit fees.
Will I lose power when I switch energy?
Definitely not. That’s why the Energy Switch Guarantee exists – it’s a promise that switching your gas or electricity supplier will be quick, simple and fuss-free.
It doesn’t matter who provides your gas and electricity, it all comes into your home through the same pipes and cables so there shouldn’t be any break in your supply when you switch. If you’re worried about sitting alone in the dark, then our Switching process explained guide, should put your mind at rest.
What should I look for when comparing broadband, TV and phone utilities?
When it comes to broadband, TV, home phone and mobile deals, it’s really important to get it right – after all, most of us use the internet, watch TV and use our mobiles, daily.
But understanding all the different elements that make up a decent broadband bundle can be really, really confusing, which is why we’ve put together a guide to choosing the right package so you know what to consider.
The same goes for picking the right mobile phone deal – with all the talk of SIM only, SIM free and PAYG, it’s easy to feel bewildered – but don’t worry, stick with us and we’ll help you compare simply and stress-free.
I'm moving house, what do I need do with my utilities?
Whether it’s your energy, broadband or home phone, your supplier will need to be told; they can then provide advice about what happens next. Aim to give them as much notice as possible – a couple of weeks at least.
In most cases, you can take your existing packages with you. You’ll need to check with your supplier if you’ll need any additional equipment at your new place – such a satellite dish; otherwise, moving home is a great opportunity to find a better deal.
Bear in mind that if you do decide to change internet supplier when you move, they may charge you an exit fee, if you’re still in contract with them at the point of switching. They may also charge you a cessation fee for closing down your existing line. So you will need to factor these into any potential savings you may make from switching suppliers when moving.
When it comes to energy, before you move out of your old home, take a meter reading and give it to your existing supplier. That way, you can be sure of only paying for the energy you’ve used when your final bill comes.
Similarly, when you get to your new house, take a meter reading and pass that on to the provider that supplies the property – it means you won’t end up paying for energy used by the previous owners. Your new home’s existing supplier will put you on their default 'standard variable rate' tariff until you decide what you want to do – but it’s best to make a decision quickly because these tariffs tend to be their most expensive.
One last thing about moving home – don’t forget your home insurance – you’ll need building insurance from the day you exchange contracts (not from when you move in).
I'm renting, can I still switch?
Tenants can switch supplier – so long as they're the ones paying bills directly to the provider.
If you're the one paying the bills, then all the usual things apply; so, make sure you pay off any outstanding debts, and check whether there are any exit fees and if there are, whether it's worth switching.
On the other hand, if your landlord pays the bills first and then charges you, you don't automatically have the right to switch. You can of course, ask your landlord (nicely) to change supplier, but they don't have to.
What types of finance utilities do you compare?
What do I need to know before I compare finance utilities?
When it comes to comparing finance products, particularly loans or credit cards, it’s important not to just apply for stuff willy-nilly. Why? It’s because of something called a credit rating – which most of us have. Understanding what it is and what it says could be the difference between acceptance and rejection (and nobody likes that feeling).
Having a poor credit rating means you could find it trickier to get a loan, credit card, mortgage, or even open certain bank accounts. And if you’ve been turned down for any of these, then it’s important to understand why and then try and improve your credit score.
But don’t worry, if you know your credit rating isn’t great, but you need a cash injection, there are still ways you can get it; here are some top tips to borrowing money if you’ve got a bad credit history.
So, whatever utilities you need, we’re here to help– because comparing is what we do.