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  1. You enter your postcode and energy habits for a bespoke comparison
  2. We compare energy plans for you, finding the best deals in your area
  3. No third party sites! Confirm your switch with us and we'll even notify your new supplier. You just sit back and save!

Energy questions

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Is it easy to change gas, electricity or dual-fuel with uSwitch?

uSwitch can help you find the best energy prices in your area — just follow these simple steps to compare gas and electricity:

  1. Enter your postcode
  2. Tell us how much energy you use, and who supplies it
  3. We'll show you the cheapest energy deals in your area
  4. Choose the plan that suits you
  5. Sit back, you've switched! We'll take care of the rest
What is uSwitch?

uSwitch is a free, independent price comparison service that helps consumers compare gas and compare electricity prices and switch energy supplier to save money.

Will my gas or electricity supply get cut-off during switching?

No. You'll still be receiving your energy through the same pipes and cables so there won't be any an interruption to your electricity or gas supply, or any need to dig up the road. Only the company that provides your gas bills or electricity bills will change. Or, if you compare gas and electricity, your dual fuel bills will change.

How do I compare gas and compare electricity prices?

Start by entering your postcode on our site and follow the instructions on-screen to compare energy prices, or just gas or electricity. We'll provide you with a list of suppliers and how much you could save.

But I just want to compare cheap electricity prices or cheap gas prices.

There's no one cheap provider for everyone. We will help you find the best energy deals in your area, but we need your basic information to provide an accurate energy comparison.

What happens once I've switched energy?

uSwitch is a free service that handles the switching process for you. Once you've completed your energy switch, your new energy supplier will contact your old supplier and agree a switching date. You will then receive a welcome pack and letter from your new gas & electricity supplier. This will outline what you've agreed to, and tell you what happens next. There won't be any interruption in your gas and electricity supply.

What do I need to get started?

Your postcode and your latest gas and electricity bill. Having your latest energy bill will help you give us accurate information about your gas and electricity usage.

Don't worry if you don't have one handy though – we can work out your gas and electricity usage by asking a few extra questions.

Can I trust uSwitch?

Yes, we're the best at comparing energy prices, but don't just take our word for it. Since 2006 uSwitch has been fully accredited by the Ofgem Confidence Code. With many energy comparison sites to choose from, uSwitch has been one of the longest standing signatories to the Ofgem code, and a primary contributor to achieving gas and electricity pricing transparency.

How does uSwitch make money?

uSwitch has commercial arrangements in place with some suppliers across all our services, including energy. We charge suppliers a fee when we switch customers to them, which means we can provide consumers with a free service. Find out more

Will electricity prices rise in 2018?

It is very likely that some of the energy providers will raise their prices in 2018. Electricity prices did rise in 2017 and there is little to suggest that this trend won't continue into 2018. Comparing gas and electricity prices is always a good idea to make sure you're on the best possible deal.

Energy regulator Ofgem says they are working to help create conditions that make the market more competitive, and therefore encourage suppliers to lower their prices, but often loyalty doesn't pay with most energy suppliers, so it's a good idea to switch energy.

Where are my electricity meters?

Depending on the design of your home, your electricity meter could be in a few different places. For some houses, the electricity meter might be found in a cupboard under the stairs or in a compartment in a laundry room, for example. In some cases it will be found on the side or back of the house, outside.

If you live in an apartment building, then the electricity meter might be found down the hallway inside your building, in its own locked cupboard. The location of an electricity meter varies from home to home, but if you do a little searching around, you will find it.

If you are trying to get a reading of your electricity meter, then use our guide to help you understand the different kinds of meters and how to read them.

How do I take an electricity meter reading?

Taking an electricity meter reading will vary depending on what kind of meter you have at home, as each one displays the information differently. There are five main types of electric meters:

  • Standard
  • Digital
  • Dial
  • Economy 7
  • Prepayment

For a standard electricity meter (the most common), simply take a reading of the five black numbers from left to right - and if, present, ignore reading any of the red numbers. A basic electric meter reading can be displayed on a standard, digital or dial.

Special tariffs such as Economy 7, and prepayment electricity meters are a little more complicated to read. Read our guide to taking electricity readings for information on all the other types of meters.

Why is my electricity expensive?

Your electricity could be expensive for a number of reasons. First of all, it would be a good idea to look at what appliances you are using and seeing if they can be switched off when not in use or if they can be used more efficiently. See our guide to free energy saving tips to help you lower your gas and electricity bills.

Simple things like switching your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs can save you money in the long term. Getting a smart meter can also help you more accurately read how much electricity you are using in your home. It's also a good idea to compare energy prices to see if you can switch to a cheaper deal.

Why is my electricity bill so high?

Your electricity bill could be high for a number of reasons:

  1. It's based on an estimated reading of your meter
    Check that your bill is based on actual readings of your electricity meter rather than estimated ones. It's important to take your own readings so that you get charged accurately. If you don't know how take your own meter readings, read our guide.

  2. Your fixed price plan ended
    A fixed price plan protects against price rises. These plans do end though, and when they do you get automatically rolled on to a new plan with different rates, which is usually much more expensive. Sometimes this new plan is another fixed rate deal, but that doesn't mean you're locked into it and you are free to switch to a new cheaper deal.

  3. You're using more energy
    It could be that you're simply using more energy at home. Consider getting a smart meter to monitor your energy usage better. You can see how your daily behaviour influences your energy costs, and figure out a way to reduce your energy usage through lifestyle changes.

If you're concerned about the cost of your electricity, continue reading more in our guide to reducing your household energy bills.

Will gas prices go up in 2018?

Price rises are often blamed on rising wholesale costs, so the first place to look when predicting a gas price rise in 2018 will be the wholesale gas market. If wholesale gas prices are tracking up, it is likely that suppliers will need to raise their own prices to account for this change.

However, gas price rises will only impact you if you are on a variable rate tariff. You can protect yourself now by switching to a fixed rate energy plan.

Are electricity prices regulated?

The market for gas and electricity in the UK is regulated by Ofgem, but the prices are not regulated.

Since 1996, when the energy market was opened up to competition, UK consumers have been able to switch energy suppliers to find a cheaper gas and electricity deal. Previously, Ofgem did set a maximum price for energy; but now Ofgem only regulates the market as a whole — that means creating a regulating schemes to support vulnerable households and more.

Overall, Ofgem states that its intention is to regulate the market in a way that increases competition and encourages more engagement from consumers, therefore causing prices to come down naturally.

Gas & Electricity suppliers

We compare the energy market

Learn about all gas and electricity suppliers with our energy supplier pages. See plans and tariffs, as well as supplier price history and their customer satisfaction scores. If you're ready to switch your gas and electricity, enter your postcode and hit 'compare now' to compare energy suppliers in your area.

British Gas is the UK's largest supplier of gas and electricity for domestic use and is part of the Centrica Group, which was formed following the merger of British Gas plc in 1997. British Gas also operates under the names Scottish Gas in Scotland and Nwy Prydain in Wales.

EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest generators and suppliers of electricity. They source from a variety of methods, including wind farms, power plants and more traditional methods.

E.ON is one of the UK's largest electricity and gas suppliers. Formally known as Powergen, the company was created in 1990 and was subsequently bought by German energy giant E.ON in 2002. It assumed the name of its parent company E.ON in late 2007.

npower supplies gas and electricity to around 3.1 million customers in the UK. Originally established as National Power in 1990 following the privatisation of the state-owned Central Electricity Generating Board, npower is now owned by RWE Group which incorporates Germany’s leading gas and electricity companies.

ScottishPower provides gas and electricity to over 5.6 million domestic customers in the UK and maintains a large distribution network. ScottishPower was formed in 1990, following the privatisation of the previously state-owned Scottish electricity industry. In 1995 it acquired the regional supplier, Manweb.

SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) is one of the 'Big Six' suppliers. It is the parent company for SSE Atlantic, SSE Scottish Hydro, SSE Southern Electric and SSE SWALEC. SSE manage the largest distribution network in the UK and supply to more than 10 million.

SSE Atlantic supplies gas and electricity throughout the UK. The company was acquired by SSE in 2004 and services the Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire, Northwest and the North.

Co-operative Energy is part of the Midcounties Co-operative, and although founded by a regional co-operative, Co-operative Energy is a national business, covering the whole of England, Wales and Scotland.

EBICo is a not-for-profit gas and electricity supplier founded in 1998. They offer the only gas and electricity tariffs in the UK where each unit costs the same, regardless of high, medium or low usage.

Ecotricity is dedicated to building new sources of renewable energy and invest more per customer in this than all the other UK suppliers together. The more customers the company has the more investment they can make in building new renewable capacity.

First Utility is one of the fastest-growing suppliers in the UK and was founded in 2008. It is also one of the largest independent gas and electricity suppliers, making it a main challenger to the big six.

Flow boasts competitive tariffs, UK-based customer service, and exciting energy products – including its patented electricity-generating domestic boiler.

Good Energy is an award-winning green energy supplier, sourcing its electricity from renewables like sun, wind and water. The independent supplier's plans are also competitively priced compared to the big six's standard dual-fuel tariffs.

Green Energy UK sources its energy from UK-only renewable sources, excluding nuclear power. Green Energy offer three tariffs: Still, Sparkling and Tap. The Sparkling tariff is 100% renewable, utilising sources including hydro, solar, wind and organic waste material.

Solarplicity are an independent renewable gas and electricity supplier helping households reduce their carbon emissions to do their part to combat climate change.

M&S Energy are supplied by SSE, offering gas and electricity plans from the well-known retailer.

OVO Energy is an independent energy supplier offering plans that are “greener, simpler and cheaper.” They aim to build the UK’s most-trusted energy company.

Sainsbury’s Energy is a partnership between Sainsbury's and British Gas. Customers earn Nectar points that can be used for shopping in Sainsbury’s stores.

SSE Scottish Hydro is in the SSE Group, which manages the largest distribution network in the UK. Formed in December 1998 following the merger of Scottish Hydro Electric and Southern Electric.

SSE Southern Electric is in the SSE Group, which manages the largest distribution network in the UK. Formed in December 1998 following the merger of Scottish Hydro Electric and Southern Electric, the group also includes SSE Atlantic and SSE Scottish Hydro, among others.

Spark Energy is an energy company that previously focussed on landlords, but has since began providing plans for the entire domestic market.

SSE Swalec is part of the SSE Group, which manages the largest distribution network in the UK and services more than 10 million customers. The group was formed in December 1998 following the merger of Scottish Hydro Electric and Southern Electric.

The Utility Warehouse is one of the smaller energy suppliers in the UK, and its aim is to offer a variety of different utilities under one roof.

Utilita is the leading supplier of pay-as-you-go energy in Great Britain using smart meter technology.

Guides to energy switching

Guides to comparing gas and electricity prices

Think you might be paying too much for your gas and electricity? You're not alone. Millions of households are struggling with their energy costs. The good news is, uSwitch can help you compare energy suppliers to find the cheapest electricity deals and cheapest gas deals.

If you've never switched energy before, don't worry — it's easier than you think to compare energy prices to ensure you're on the best energy deal for you. If you need assistance, we've got several guides to help answer your questions:

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