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How to switch energy supplier

More and more of us are switching energy supplier, and it's no surprise why - you could save £230 a year if you switch, according to energy regulator Ofgem.

Key points

  • It can take up to 17 days to switch your energy supplier
  • Try haggling with your existing provider, they may decide to drop the price
  • You don't need to notify your existing supplier that you're leaving, your new energy provider will do that for you

Ofgem research from February 2017 also shows that consumers switching energy supplier hit a six-year high in 2016. Over seven million switches took place during the year, that's 1.7 million more than in 2015 and an increase of 28%.

In 2014, switching took around five weeks and could be a difficult process, but in 2017 everything can be sorted in just 17 days.

However, many people still find switching a pain and it can be difficult to know where to start.

Read on for a step-by-step guide to switching energy supplier or watch our short video below - by the end, you'll want to start switching straight away.