Energy Q&A: Do I need to contact my current supplier if I switch?

Plenty of people are put off switching energy supplier and saving money, because they think the process is complicated. Don't let this put you off. It's much easier than you might think.

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If you switch with an accredited switching site such as uSwitch, you don’t need to worry about contacting your supplier before, during or after switching. We’ll take care of it.

What you will need to do is provide a meter reading to your old provider on the day of the transfer (you’ll be told when this is) to ensure your final bill is correct. If you’re not sure who your current energy supplier is you can check by looking at a recent energy bill, calling the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524 or, if you rent, you can always ask your landlord.

Once that’s done, you’ll only be dealing with your new supplier and your new, cheaper energy tariff.

Will I experience any power cuts during the switch?

Rest assured, you won’t experience any power outages during your switch, nor will there be any need to dig up and replace any pipes or cables. Your new supplier will provide gas and electricity through exactly the same means as before.

For more information on switching gas and electricity provider check out our guide.

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