Big Energy Saving Week: switch

BESW15 Check - Switch - SaveMany people stay on the same tariff or with the same energy supplier for years, without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. By switching tariffs or suppliers, or joining an oil club, you could save hundreds on your fuel bill. Take control of your energy costs – why pay more than you have to?

Make sure you can enjoy a comfortable, healthy home without the anxiety of ever-rising costs, If you’ve never switched before it is well worth having a look around to see what’s on offer.

Switch suppliers or tariffs

Shopping around for your energy supplier could save you around £200 if you have never switched before.

There are lots of price comparison websites that can help you compare what’s on offer. Visit Ofgem’s Be an energy shopper switching website for helpful tips to get started. Then when you are ready to switch, you can click through to an accredited price comparison website, where you will get independent, accurate and up to date information.

To help you decide which supplier and tariff are best for you, use a price comparison site accredited by the Ofgem Confidence Code, where you can be sure you’ll get independent, accurate and up-to-date information.

If you don’t have internet access you can phone the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506. They will send you a factsheet with the deals available in your area.

To make sure you get the best deal, you’ll need to know:

  • the name of your current supplier
  • the name of your current tariff, usually found on your bill
  • the amount of energy you use
  • how you currently pay, and would like to pay with a new supplier
  • your postcode.

Following changes made in 2014, all suppliers now offer no more than four core tariffs for you to choose from when buying gas and no more than four when buying electricity. Discounts are still possible if you manage your account online or have a dual fuel account.

Suppliers have also made it easier for you to compare tariffs and get a better deal. As part of these changes you now get personalised information on your bill about the cheapest tariff for you and how much you can save.

Since 30 June 2014, if you’re on a tariff that is withdrawn or ends, you must be transferred to the cheapest main tariff.

If you’re on a fixed term tariff, you now get 42-49 days before the end of the tariff to decide if you want to stay with your supplier or switch. Your supplier will tell you the rates you will move onto if you remain with them and do not agree a new contract. If you choose to switch supplier in this period you will not have to pay termination fees.

Original article: Citizens Advice

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