Switching energy suppliers getting quicker and easier
The energy regulator and suppliers have pledged that customers will be able to switch providers in three days by the end of 2014, and that one-day switching will be in place by the end of 2018 at the latest. Remember that there's a two-week cooling-off period to change your mind before the three-day switch process startsJeremy Cryer, Gocompare.com
Why should I consider switching my provider?
Consumers are caught between a rock and a hard place with rising fuel costs and few incentives to invest in solar or other green solutions. The only viable strategy for most homeowners remains trying to cut consumption and shopping around to ensure they are getting the best deal by using a comparison siteJeremy Cryer, Gocompare.com
Keep an eye on your direct debits
Many people pay their utility bills by direct debit and it's not unusual to overpay during the summer months when usage tends to be lower, but many people may pay far more than they need to. Overpayments will be shown on bills as credits and customers are entitled to ask for their money backJeremy Cryer, Gocompare.com
How can we help you with your energy needs today?
Gas and electricity are some of our biggest household expenses and amongst the most complicated to manage, but we can help you find the right utilities supplier and tariff with ease.
Our gas and electricity partner Energyhelpline is fully accredited to the Ofgem Confidence Code, giving a service you know you can trust when you review prices and plans from all UK energy suppliers.
This comparison will include the UK's small suppliers, giving you strong alternatives to the products offered by the 'big six' energy companies.
Should you choose to try our service we think you'll find our forms easy to use, but there'll be on-screen help to guide you through every step.
You'll get the most accurate quotes if you have a recent utilities bill to hand, but if that's not possible our energy calculator will help you to make a reasonable estimate of your gas and electric usage.
Did you know...?
- Three-day switching should be in place by 2014, and next-day switching by 2018 at the latest
- 46% of UK consumers switched their energy supplier in the period 2011-13
Start by entering your postcode, then choosing whether you want to compare just gas suppliers, just energy suppliers, or dual fuel - note that the latter is likely to offer significant benefits if you need both utilities.
Be ready for questions on what's your main source of heating, who your current supplier is, how you pay and whether you have Economy 7.
Our results page will show you a price comparison table with the name of the suppliers, estimated annual savings if you switch, monthly and annual costs, payment and tariff types and key product features.
You can filter results by payment type and tariff type, meaning you can see capped rate deals, fixed rate options, variable ('standard') tariffs and/or green choices.
When you find an option you like, click through for more detailed information on the product and company, including Energyhelpline's star rating on the supplier's service.
Did you know...?
- Electricity tops the list of baffling bills for UK consumers, followed by gas then water
- Powering outside Christmas decorations could add the equivalent of two weeks' electricity consumption to winter bills
If you're happy to proceed, you can purchase online and/or over the phone.
After completing a short application form, your switch will be completed in 28-45 days. By the end of 2014 this time will be reduced - customers will get a two-week cooling-off period to change their mind, then a switch should be made in three days.
To find out more about your options read our guides, where you'll also find the answers to frequently asked questions on utilities.
Our guides offer more information on key areas such as identifying your supplier, reading bills and meters, boiler and central heating cover, cooling-down periods, a checklist for moving home, money-saving tips, help with winter fuel bills and what to do in an emergency.
You can also find out more about small energy firms, tenants' rights when switching, green energy schemes and renewable technology. You can get to grips with our jargon-buster, and learn about the history of the British gas industry.