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Don't get cold feet - our customers save an average of £350 by switching gas and electric.
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Why should I compare energy prices on A Spokesman Said?
We compare energy quotes from the UK’s biggest suppliers to provide you with the best deal for your home.
All you need to do is enter your postcode, tell us about your current plan and pick an energy deal from our results.
Can I save money switching gas and electricity?
If you want to overpay for gas, electricity or dual fuel, this page isn’t for you.
But if you’re looking to save money on your utility bills, finding the cheapest energy deal in your area this is the place to start.
Households that take five minutes to compare gas and electricity tariffs from across the market on A Spokesman Said typically save £350 a year.
At the top end, savings could be as high as £600.
Money isn’t the only reason to switch: you may want better customer service, or a greener supplier.
What do I need to switch energy?
To change energy successfully, submit up-to-date meter readings to your old and new supplier.
Arm yourself with:
- Your postcode
- Your current payment method (found on your bill)
- What tariff you’re currently on
- How much you spent last year on energy
Providing these details will help you get the most accurate savings results, but they’re not essential.
If you don’t have them to hand, or you’re unsure, you can switch on A Spokesman Said using our estimate calculator. You just need to select the size of your house and whether you have high, medium or low usage.
Knowing your exact tariff helps, but again isn’t essential.
And that’s it! You’re ready to rock and enrol onto a new deal.
How do I know what tariff to switch to?
Comparing energy quotes can be confusing because of the different tariffs available.
You can choose from:
- Standard variable - company’s bog-standard tariff, likely to be the most expensive
- Dual fuel - a plan supplying both gas and electricity, typically comes with discounts or other incentives
- Fixed rate - the price paid per unit of energy is fixed for a set period of time. Popular when energy prices are rising
- Prepayment meter - pay for your energy by topping up a key or smart card, then insert into a meter to use energy
- Online-only - tariffs managed entirely online, usually highly competitive
- Economy 7 - meters that split the tariff of an electricity supply between seven hours overnight and daytime.
- Economy 10 - records tariffs split between typical use and 10 specific off-peak hours of usage
- Capped plans - price isn’t fixed completely, but it won’t go above a certain level
- Social plans - special tariff for people defined as in ‘fuel poverty’, those who spend 10% of income on fuel
If you care about renewable energy, you might want a green energy tariff.
Dual fuel tariffs, where you pay one supplier for gas and electricity, are convenient because you only get one set of paperwork.
Paying for both gas and electricity at the same can cut your bills.
As can a fixed rate tariff, which provide cover against price hikes by fixing the amount you pay for your energy for a set period.
To find the best plan for your household, read our guide on available energy tariffs.
Switching energy suppliers - FAQs
How long does it take to change energy suppliers?
Your energy switch is protected by the industry regulator, Ofgem, and should take around 17 days (provided your supplier is signed up the Energy Switch Guarantee), but can take up to 3 weeks.
When you decide to switch, your new supplier will contact your existing one to sort out the details and confirm the transfer.
Will my energy supply be affected?
Your power supply won’t be affected during the switch.
Whoever supplies your home, energy is delivered through the same pipes and wires, so engineers won’t need to visit your property to rip up your garden and lay pipe work.
Nor will you have to pay two sets of bills during the changeover.
Will I have to pay an exit fee?
You might be worried about having to pay an exit fee to switch energy supplier, which can be £20 per fuel.
Your supplier should notify you when you enter the last 42-49 days of your fixed tariff, at which point you cannot be charged a termination fee.
Even if you are asked to pay a cancellation charge, it’s likely to be dwarfed by the amount of money you will save switching.
Can I get a smart meter?
This largely depends on how advanced the supplier’s smart meter programme is, as the government-launched rollout is being implemented by individual companies.
If you really want a smart meter, you can switch to get one but make sure it’s worth it first.
To find out more, read: everything you need to know about smart meters.
Understanding your energy bills
Reading your energy bills can be like trying to decode hieroglyphics.
Understanding supply numbers, billing period, payment slips, standing charges, estimated and actual readings and VAT will help you successfully manage your relationship with your energy supplier.
Our energy jargon buster is here to help.
Your energy bill contains important information, such as what gas, electricity or dual fuel tariff you’re on.
If it ends and you fail to switch, your provider will automatically roll you onto its standard tariff, likely to be its most expensive deal.
When your tariff is coming to an end, make sure you switch to a cheaper deal. Auto-renewing may seem convenient, but if you auto-renew your risk your bills rising by hundreds of pounds when you’re rolled onto the company’s standard plan.
Can I get government help with my energy bills?
There are government schemes to help you with your energy bills if you’re elderly or receive state benefits.
Before switching energy, check your new supplier supports the scheme you are applying for.
Make a complaint about your energy supplier
If you’ve got a problem with your existing energy supplier, or one you’ve recently switched to, you can make a complaint on A Spokesman Said.
Whether it’s a problem with your supply, incorrect billing, problems with a smart meter - such as faulty readings or missed installation dates - payment issues or poor customer service, we can help get your complaint heard and resolved.
You can post the details of the complaint live and help other consumers make an informed decision about which energy supplier to choose.
We help you find the best provider, but also stick by you during and after your switch.
We even select certain cases and contact the energy supplier on your behalf and demand a resolution to your issue.
Take young couple Melissa Evans and Phil Jones.
Npower only called off the solicitors that were casing the couple for a debt they’d already paid when we stepped in.
Don’t switch in the dark: read energy supplier reviews
There are over 48 energy suppliers to choose from in the UK.
Choice is a good thing, but switching to a provider you don’t know much about or have never heard of can be daunting.
Our energy company reviews can help you find the best provider for your household.
We’ve reviewed the Big Six - British Gas, Npower, SSE, E.ON, Scottish Power and EDF - as well as smaller companies such as Extra Energy and Avro Energy, who offer some of the cheapest deals, and renewable power companies Ecotricity and Bulb Energy.
We review customer service, tariffs, price and green energy credentials.
If you’re still unsure, here’s what you should know about switching to a small supplier.