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 post code 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.
Will my energy supply be affected when switching to a cheaper energy provider?
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.
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.
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.
How much energy do I use?
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.