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What’s happening in the energy market? 

Energy is extremely expensive so some gas and electricity companies have gone bust and many others have withdrawn their tariffs. This means there are less tariffs to choose from and you’ll have to pay more. Find out what you can do and what help is available. 

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What support is available if I’m struggling with my energy bills?

Your energy supplier will be able to support you, so get in touch with it as soon as you can.

The government also has a range of grants to help with your energy bills, like the one-off cost of living payment and the Warm Home Discount.

Which energy companies have gone bust? 

As of 26 July 2022, here are the energy suppliers that have gone bust, plus the companies that have taken on their customers.

When Old supplier New supplier
09 July 2022 UK Energy Incubator Hub (UKEIH) Octopus Energy
18 February 2022 Whoop Energy Yü Energy Retail Limited
18 February 2022 Xcel Power Ltd Yü Energy Retail Limited
18 January 2022 Together Energy Retail Ltd British Gas
4 December 2021 Zog Energy Limited EDF
1 December 2021 Entice Energy Scottish Power
1 December 2021 Orbit Energy Limited Scottish Power
21 November 2021 Neon Reef Limited British Gas
21 November 2021 Social Energy Supply Ltd British Gas
7 November 2021 CNG Energy Limited Pozitive Energy
7 November 2021 Omni Energy Limited Utilita
7 November 2021 MA Energy Limited SmartestEnergy
7 November 2021 Zebra Power Limited British Gas
7 November 2021 Ampoweruk Ltd Yü Energy
7 November 2021 Bluegreen Energy Services Limited British Gas
21 October 2021 GOTO Energy Shell Energy
17 October 2021 Daligas Shell Energy
17 October 2021 Pure Planet Shell Energy
17 October 2021 Colorado energy Shell Energy
3 October 2021 ENSTROGA E.ON Next
3 October 2021 Igloo Energy E.ON Next
3 October 2021 Symbio Energy E.ON Next
22 September 2021 Avro Energy Octopus Energy
22 September 2021 Green Supplier Limited ('Green.') Shell Energy
14 September 2021 People's Energy British Gas
14 September 2021 Utility Point EDF
7 September 2021 PFP Energy British Gas
7 September 2021 MoneyPlus Energy British Gas
9 August 2021 Hub Energy E.ON Next

Find out what to do if your supplier goes bust.

How does switching energy suppliers work?

There are fewer suppliers offering tariffs right now, so it might be harder to find a good deal. But switching suppliers generally works in the following way:

1. Enter your details – Tell us your postcode, current supplier, your estimated usage and whether you'd like to compare dual fuel, gas-only or electricity-only.

2. Compare tariffs – In less than a minute, you'll be able to see new energy deals compared with your current tariff. You'll also be able to check key facts like exit fees and tariff length, in an easy-to-read comparison table.

3. Switch your tariff – It's up to you to decide which deal's right for you. Until you select one and go through the sign-up process, there's no obligation to switch.

4. Leave the rest to your new supplier – Your new energy provider will sort everything out for you and your switch should be completed in less than three weeks. And don’t worry, your power won’t be cut off at any point. You'll also have a 14 day cooling-off period within this three-week period. That means you'll still have time to change your mind about your energy switch if you want to.

What details do I need to compare energy prices?

You'll need to tell us a few details so we can find your next energy deal:

  1. Where you currently live

    We’ll need your postcode and house number to make sure we’re switching the right home’s supply.

  2. Current supplier

    How you usually pay your bills and what tariff you’re on at the moment.

  3. How you receive your bills

    Online or through the post? There’s often an extra charge for paper billing.

  4. Your estimated usage

    Either by kWh or monthly cost.

  5. The type of energy you want to compare

    Gas-only, electricity-only, or dual fuel.

Which energy tariff is best for me?

Comparing energy prices is a great way to save money, but it can also be confusing. So here's what you need to know about the different types of energy deals you can choose from.

Standard variable tariff (SVT)

An SVT is your provider's default tariff and you'll automatically move to this when your deal ends. But it's usually the most expensive option, so if you think your energy bills are too high, it might be because you’re on an SVT and not getting the best deal. Chances are you could save money by comparing energy prices and switching to a new deal.

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Fixed rate tariff

A fixed rate tariff will set your price for a certain length of time. The standing charge and amount you pay per unit of energy stays the same for the duration of the fixed rate deal, so your bills will only go up or down if you use more or less gas and electricity. It protects you from price increases, but you won't benefit if prices fall.

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Prepayment energy tariff

Prepayment energy tariffs use a prepaid meter in your home, which you'll have to top up. You usually do this with a card or key that you can load with credit online, over the phone, or in local shops.

More about prepayment energy tariffs >

Dual fuel tariff

Dual fuel tariffs cover your gas and electricity. You'll only have to deal with one supplier for both and it could work out cheaper than separate deals. That's not always the case though, so you might want to compare gas and electricity separately as well to get the cheapest energy you can.

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Green tariff

Green tariffs use renewable sources, so your energy is environmentally friendly. They won't always be the cheapest deals on offer though, so if price is your main concern they might not be the right product for you.

More about green energy tariffs >

Economy 7 tariffs

You'll pay two prices for your electricity on an Economy 7 tariff – one for night time and one for day. You'll need an Economy 7 meter that separately measures seven off-peak hours at night when energy is cheaper. The other 17 hours will be classed as peak time and more expensive.

More about economy 7 tariffs >

Covid-19 and managing your bills

Your energy supplier can help if you're struggling with your bills or topping up your pre-payment meter, so get in touch with it as soon as you can.

While most things are getting back to normal post-Covid, your energy supplier might have a backlog of meter installations, customer service queries or be short on staff, so some services might take longer than usual. If you're self-isolating your new energy supplier might not be able to install or inspect your meter until you're well again. The same goes for smart meter installations.

How to reduce your energy bills

The cheapest available dual fuel tariff is around £1,268 a year, according to Ofgem.[2] But how much your energy bills cost will depend on the amount you use and the price your supplier charges. Cut your costs with our top tips:

  1. Set your heating for the right time

    Don't leave the radiators on while no one's home. Drop the temperature by 1°C to save as much as £60 per year.

  2. Insulate your home

    Use draught excluders and thicker curtains to keep your home warm and cosy. You may also want to invest in double glazing.

  3. Switch unused appliances off

    Turn lights off and unplug appliances and chargers when they're not needed.

  4. Use energy efficient lightbulbs

    Replace Halogen bulbs with LEDs they use far less electricity and last longer.

  5. Wash clothes at a lower temperatures

    Your washing machine uses around 90% of its energy just heating water.

  6. Upgrade your appliances

    Newer appliances generally have better energy ratings.

  7. Measure smart

    Use a smart meter to keep an eye on how much energy you're using.

  8. Shop around

    When you come to the end of your energy deal, you get moved on to the standard tariff. It’s almost always the most expensive option. So put a reminder on your calendar of when your deal's coming to an end and comparing to see if you can save.

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Page last reviewed: 27 September 2022

Next review due: 28 November 2022

[1]GoCompare has partnered with Energylinx, part of the GoCompare Group, to help you switch energy. Energylinx Limited is registered in Scotland, registration number: SC244794, registered office: the e Centre, Cooperage Way, Business Village, Alloa, FK10 3LP

[2] According to Ofgem, February 2022.. Infographic: Bills, prices and profits.