British Gas is the UK's largest supplier of domestic gas and electricity, making them the biggest of the big six. British Gas also offer home services including boiler cover and remote heating control systems.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Your electricity bill could be high for a number of reasons:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are more gas and electricity suppliers on the market than ever before. It can feel overwhelming trying to choose the right energy deal for you, but uSwitch makes it simple.
We provide customer ratings for more than 30 suppliers. These ratings are based on responses from than 17,000 energy customers in 2018 as part of uSwitch's independent YouGov survey.
To view all 2018 customer ratings, visit our dedicated energy customer service page.
uSwitch 2018 customer ratings are based on an independent YouGov survey that was conducted between 7 November and 1 December 2017. A total of 17,313 UK energy customers were asked to rate their energy supplier on overall satisfaction, transfer process, value for money, customer service and how likely they were to recommend. We equally weighted those five scores across suppliers with at least 50 responses to create an average supplier rating for each.
* This supplier had fewer than 50 responses in our independent YouGov survey, which is not enough data with which to provide a customer service rating.
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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Online plans are almost always the cheapest - often coming in at around £300 a year cheaper than standard plans.