How to use our energy switch calculator to get the cheapest deal

Our switching calculator has changed and we hope you will find it easier to use.

(updated February 2017)

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 Cashback on energy switches

Our cashback offers are simply passing commission from energy suppliers back to you. Ofgem had planned to ban cashback at the end of 2013 – but this has not yet happened – until it does we will give most of our commission back to you.

By switching via us, any offer that you can switch to online will receive £10 cash back per fuel switched – that’s because whenever we get a commission we share it with you – helping you to get cheaper gas and electricity.  Find out more about how cash back works (opens in a new window – it takes a while as we have to wait for energy suppliers to pay up, before we can share it with you).

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We have teamed up with energyhelpline so that you could see the best energy tariffs available and choose the offer that is best for you. (energyhelpline is a leading Confidence Code approved energy price comparison service. You can see the full list of confidence code approved switching sites).

We have made the switching process as simple as possible – however energy suppliers don’t make it easy – so we have tried to guide you to judge what’s the best deal for your circumstances.

Step 1

Get recent gas and electricity bills that shows your past energy usage and your current energy tariffs

go to Our switching site and enter your postcode

 Step 2

Enter your energy usage and tariff information. This is where you can choose to see only gas or only electricity offers

If you don’t know your energy usage, contact your energy supplier and they will tell you your usage in kWh per year.

(see more information if you have been living in your property for less than a year or need more information on this)

Our switching engine shows all tariffs by default (no need for you to do anything).

default shows all tariffs

Step 3 (Decision time)

Choose how you want to pay for your new energy deal.

Filters you can choose to simplify choosing

– Note paying by Monthly direct debit is nearly always the cheapest option – but this does not suit everyone. There is also an option to pay in advance for your energy which is often marginally cheaper still – but there are fewer choices.

You will see the collective switching deals at the top of the page (when there any)

(Read this short piece about why we are not displaying collective offers in February 2017. )

Make sure you scroll down the page until you can see “Full Market Comparison”

energy switching results table

 

Note: There are some cheap variable tariffs that are very cheap at the moment – beware, many people think prices will continue to rise.

You can view more information about the tariffs by clicking the “VIEW TARIFF DETAILS” link.

The cash back we give you (£10 per fuel switched) IS NOT INCLUDED IN ANY OF THE RESULTS – it’s extra saving for you.

To fix or not to fix?

Fixed tariffs give you the peace of mind that your energy bill will not increase till the end of the price fixed period. They are sometimes more expensive than the cheapest available tariff, but work out best if energy prices rise significantly.

Over the last year energy bills have been rising.  This is likely (disclaimer – in our opinion!) to continue

2 year fixed deals are usually significantly more expensive than 1 year fixed deals – This will give added security if energy bills start rising again – but will work out more expensive if energy bills don’t go up by much.  (We don’t know what is going to happen!)

Any tariff (except those with “This supplier has not made this plan available through us” links) will have £10 cashback from us.

Step 5 Choose your tariff and switch

You choose the tariff you think is right for you – then fill in the secure form that sends your details to your new energy supplier.

A switch generally takes about 10 – 28 days.

See our Frequently asked questions on switching suppliers for more information

Note: there are several tariffs from suppliers that we have not included in our results tables, either because they have a very poor record for customer service or their published offer is frequently unavailable to new customers.

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