There is not one single cheap energy supplier for everyone; it's about the cheapest energy comparison for you.
In fact, cheap utilities may not even be your top priority. Some households prefer being supplied with renewable energy, while others value great customer service. In any case the easiest first step to finding the best deal for you is to compare energy suppliers online.
How do I run an energy supplier comparison?
Finding a cheap supplier doesn't have to be complicated, it only takes 17 minutes on average to run an online energy comparison. To get started simply enter your postcode in the green box.
We will also require information regarding your current consumption so you may need a copy of a recent energy bill. If you don't have one at hand we can estimate your consumption by asking you a few questions about the number of people you live with and the size of your home.
To get the most accurate comparison try to use your annual consumption in kWh, which you will be able to find on your annual energy statement. Don't worry if you don't have an annual statement though, consumption figures from a monthly or quarterly statement will still give you an accurate quote.
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Oh it was really quick. I'd already phoned up my service provider and got my annual consumption rights from them, once I did that I just plugged them into the website on uSwitch and they came up with all the best deals for me. And you know they didn't bother showing me the service providers that were more expensive, so it's just no hassle, this is how much you'll save.
I plugged it into my spreadsheet and it's categorical, they're not lying to me, so I trusted them. The price of everything has going up and I think we just need to start shopping around and been more savvy.
I didn't I don't know about this uSwitch website before I started the project and i was just like trawling the different websites of all the different service providers and just getting information out of them about the pricing tariffs was impossible.
So I went to the uSwitch website and it's all there in black and white. It shows you the tariff, it shows you the costs, it shows you the savings you can make and, if you've armed yourself with the information beforehand on your usage it has a calculation there for you on the page. Even if you can't do on the website you can get a phone call.
Honestly my advice would be to get on the phone to your current service provider. They have to give you the information about your annual usage so get that out of them, don't be duped into signing any contacts, get back to you uSwitch, and they'll do it all for you. They handle the switch over, they handle the cancellation of your old policy. Yes, it's a no brainer.
Money is tight for everyone you know, petrol's going up, going to the supermarket is a trauma...I was just throwing money down the drain staying with the company I was with.
Will my energy supply be affected when switching to one of the cheaper energy providers?
No. Your energy will still be delivered through the exact same pipes and cables as before so there will be no interruption to your supply. You can compare energy providers safe in the knowledge that should you choose to switch you will not have to put up with an energy outage.
Will a cheap electricity or gas supplier mean worse customer service?
Sometimes an energy comparison will indicate that the best deals available for you are through energy providers you have never heard of.
If you're concerned about how you'll be treated by a potential new energy supplier, we have tools to aid your decision. Our energy comparison table of results allows you to click through to customer reviews and view specific supplier details.
Don’t let a fear of poor customer service put you off running an energy comparison.
It also includes customer satisfaction ratings, so you can run your energy comparison based on customer feedback of energy providers as well as price.
If you are still not convinced by the energy providers, you can rest safe in knowledge that Ofgem has implemented rules to make sure you are covered should a provider become unable to supply you.
What makes one supplier cheaper than another
The two main factors making one energy supplier cheaper than the others are:
- Energy suppliers where you live - different gas and electricity plans and energy suppliers are available in different areas, which is why we need your post code before you can compare energy suppliers. For example, the rates charged on your plan could be different, so running an energy comparison is the only way to get an accurate idea of the cheapest energy supplier.
- How much energy you use - the amount of energy you use will also determine which plans are suitable for you. Some plans have a fixed standing charge and a lower cost per unit of gas and electricity, which will work out well for heavy energy users, and poorly for those with lower energy consumption.
It's also worth bearing in mind how energy is bought and sold. Typically energy suppliers buy their gas and electricity months and years in advance, placing bets on the way wholesale prices will go. That means that when the time comes to sell that energy, different suppliers will be in different financial positions, meaning different prices.
What else can I compare energy suppliers on?
As mentioned, "cheapest" doesn't mean "best" when it comes to switching your energy.
Some households will want to switch to an energy supplier that provides a certain percentage of its energy from a renewable source. Others will want to find a supplier that offers perks such as points or vouchers. Still others are curious how suppliers rate with current customers when it comes to satisfaction ratings.
You may also be looking for a sense of security form your energy bills, rather than worrying whether prices are going up or down. In that case you can filter our results table to look for fixed energy plans that have fixed the price charged per kWh for a given period of time.
Whatever your priorities are when it comes to finding a cheap or better energy supplier, our energy comparison results table offers links to info you'll find helpful.
Does running an energy supplier comparison with uSwitch guarantee that I’ll see the best energy deals?
Provide us with your details and we will provide you with a fair and accurate means to compare energy providers. At uSwitch we strive to make sure you have access to the most relevant, accurate and timely information to help you secure cheaper energy access.
We’re accredited by Ofgem's Confidence Code which means we operate independently of energy suppliers and switching with us is simple and reliable. You can also be sure that our results table is unbiased, and will show you the cheapest and best plans available from all the suppliers.
How much energy do I use?
While switching frequently and making sure you're on the best energy deal is a great start, the best way to cut your energy bills is simply to cut your energy use. You can do this by making little changes around the home, like making sure you use energy saving light bulbs or turning down the thermostat by one degree, or big changes, like installing insulation.
If you are interested in finding out about how much gas and electricity you use and what you can do to reduce your consumption, have a look at our dedicated guide.