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Energy guides

If you're looking for assistance in comparing energy, switching energy or any energy problem, our energy guides are here to help.

Energy bills

Managing energy bills is key for customers - find the answers to your questions here.

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09 May 2024

Your energy personal projection explained - Uswitch

Find out how energy personal projections are calculated, and how they factor into your Uswitch energy price comparison.

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09 May 2024

How to pay by cash or cheque for your energy bill - Uswitch

Are you paying more than you should for your energy bills because you are paying by cash or cheque? We list the pros and cons of doing so.

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25 April 2024

How much energy do I use? - Uswitch

Discover how to calculate your monthly energy usage. Work out how much gas and electricity you use and how much you could save by switching energy suppliers.

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01 April 2024

Average gas and electricity bills in the UK - Uswitch

What does the average UK gas and electricity bill look like? See how your energy usage and bills compare against Ofgem's averages for 2024.

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25 March 2024

Frequently asked energy bill questions - Uswitch

Confused by your energy bill? Confused by your electricity bill? You’re not alone. Read the Uswitch guide and all will become clear.

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22 March 2024

How to prepare for a price cap update - Uswitch

With the price cap due to be updated on four times a year, Uswitch has released a checklist for energy customers to help them prepare, whether the cap's going up or down.

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Energy discounts and help

Various discounts and help are available to energy customers, both through industry organisations and individual suppliers. See what might be available to you here.

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03 April 2024

Consumer rights for energy customers - Uswitch

What are your rights as an energy consumer? Can your supplier raise its prices? Have you been mis-sold an energy plan? All this and more in our guide

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03 April 2024

Ofgem: the energy market regulator - Uswitch

Find out how Ofgem works with both energy suppliers and consumers. Discover how the UK energy regulator helps ensure consumers get a fair deal on their energy.

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01 April 2024

How to find out if you’re eligible for an energy help scheme, grant or benefit - Uswitch

Find out if you're eligible for energy help schemes or benefits using our interactive tool.

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22 February 2024

Get help paying your energy bills - Uswitch

Get help paying your energy bills. There are options for those struggling - find out if you are eligible for an energy grant or a rebate on your energy bills.

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07 February 2024

How to spot and avoid energy scams - Uswitch

Energy scams are on the rise amid the ongoing cost of living crisis. How do you spot and avoid them? Find out in Uswitch's guide.

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22 January 2024

Priority Services Register - Uswitch

Vulnerable energy customers such as the elderly and disabled can register for special services from their energy supplier - here's how.

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Energy meters

Get to grips with the different types of gas and electricity meter here.

02 April 2024

What is Economy 7? - Uswitch

Find out everything you need to know about Economy 7 meters and tariffs, including how to tell whether you have an Economy 7 meter, how Economy 7 tariffs work and how to get the best energy deal for you.

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01 April 2024

Prepayment meters and pay as you go energy - Uswitch

Millions of households across the UK have prepayment or pay as you go energy meters. If yours is one of them, find out how prepayment meters work, the pros and cons and how to find a cheaper gas and electricity deal.

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22 March 2024

How to prepare for a price cap update - Uswitch

With the price cap due to be updated on four times a year, Uswitch has released a checklist for energy customers to help them prepare, whether the cap's going up or down.

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08 March 2024

Changing from a prepayment meter to a credit meter - Uswitch

Looking to switch from a prepayment meter to a credit meter? We explain who can switch and how you can get your prepayment meter replaced with a standard meter.

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31 January 2024

How to read your gas and electricity meters - Uswitch

Find out how to take meter readings from any type of gas or electricity meter in this Uswitch guide to reading energy meters.

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05 January 2024

What is Economy 10? - Uswitch

Economy 10 tariffs means you pay a cheaper rate for your electricity during the off-peak times of the day. See if Economy 10 is right for you and your home.

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Energy prices

Whether they're relatively stable or fairly volatile, energy prices are worth keeping an eye on. Find out more here.

03 April 2024

Discover why 2024 energy price changes affect energy bills - Uswitch

Find out which suppliers have increased or decreased their energy prices and how that affects your energy bills in 2024.

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01 April 2024

What is Ofgem's energy price cap 2024? - Uswitch

Information on the energy price cap set by Ofgem at a level of ÂŁ1,690 for standard variable tariff customers from April to July 2024.

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21 March 2024

EDF price changes in 2024 - Uswitch

Will energy bills from EDF rise in 2024? Discover the latest EDF energy price changes in our roundup. Find out info on the latest energy price rises in 2024.

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08 March 2024

Gas and electric costs: understanding kWh - Uswitch

What is the gas and electricity cost per kwh in the UK? To understand what a kWh costs, you first need to know what the difference between a kWh and a kW is. Discover all you need to know about understanding electricity price per kWh.

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18 January 2024

How to compare and switch heating oil - Uswitch

Find out everything you need to know about heating oil, including how heating your home with oil works and how to compare heating oil prices.

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11 January 2024

Octopus price changes in 2024 - Uswitch

Will Octopus energy prices change in 2024? What happens if they go up or down? Find out here.

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Energy suppliers

Questions about your supplier? Find the answers here.

03 May 2024

Big six energy suppliers - Uswitch

Discover who the big six energy suppliers in the UK are and why they are important to households' domestic energy bills and energy tariffs.

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10 January 2024

How to make a complaint about your energy supplier - Uswitch

Want to make a complaint about your energy supplier? Uswitch's guide to energy complaints explains what to do and when to contact the Energy Ombudsman.

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04 January 2024

How to compare and switch UK electricity suppliers - Uswitch

Are you one of the households overpaying for your domestic household electricity? Compare electricity prices here and switch today saving you money on your energy bills in 2024.

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05 December 2023

What happens if my energy supplier goes bust? - Uswitch

What happens if your energy supplier goes bust and out of business? In this scenario there are rules in place to protect energy consumers.

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23 October 2023

Which energy suppliers are British-owned? - Uswitch

Wondering which suppliers are 'British made'? It might surprise you which of the big six have roots in the UK.

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10 July 2023

Domestic energy suppliers' fuel mix - Uswitch

Discover how much of the electricity that you use is generated buy nuclear, renewable, coal or gas power stations.

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Energy switching

Confused about the process of energy switching? See what's involved and what information you might need here.

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09 May 2024

How to switch your energy supplier for a cheaper deal - Uswitch

Looking for a cheaper gas or electricity supplier but not sure where to start? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to switch your energy supplier.

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03 April 2024

When is the best time to switch my energy deal?

You probably know it's a good idea to switch your energy, but do you know when is the best time to do it? Our guide explains how to avoid exit fees and get the best deal for you by switching at the right time.

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03 April 2024

Switching energy when moving house - Uswitch

Set up a new gas and electricity supply when you move to ensure you're on the best energy deal and discover how to inform your energy provider before moving home.

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02 April 2024

Tenants’ guide to switching energy and electricity supplier - Uswitch

Discover if you can or cannot compare and switch energy providers without your landlord’s permission. More than three-quarters of UK renters are missing out of hundreds of pounds worth of energy savings by not comparing and switching their energy supplier.

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01 April 2024

Energy prices by region - Uswitch

Did you know your postcode determines your energy bills? Find out which areas in the UK are the cheapest and the most expensive in terms of energy pricing.

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01 April 2024

Energy switching myths busted - Uswitch

Think switching energy will mean you’ll get charged twice or temporarily lose power in your home? Think again. We reveal the truth behind some of the most common energy switching myths.

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Energy tariffs

Energy tariffs are the deals you might sign up to when you switch - see what they entail here.

09 May 2024

My fixed energy tariff is ending - what should I do? - Uswitch

Knowing when your energy tariff is ending will help you save - don't get rolled onto a more expensive energy tariff when your energy plan ends.

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25 April 2024

How do fixed price energy tariffs work - Uswitch

Fixed price energy tariffs or fixed rate plans are a popular type of gas and electricity tariff. Our guide explains how they work, why they're so popular and how they could help protect your energy bills from rising unexpectedly.

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01 April 2024

Standard variable rate tariffs - Uswitch

What makes an energy plan 'standard variable rate' or 'standard rate'? Find out why this one of the most expensive domestic energy plans to be on.

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23 January 2024

What are the different types of energy tariff? - Uswitch

Do you wonder why there are so many different energy tariffs for domestic gas and electricity? In our guide to energy tariffs, we'll explain how and why energy suppliers offer different energy and pricing. You can then compare the different tariffs and decide what is the best type for you.

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10 January 2024

How does switching energy supplier affect my Feed-In tariff?

If you have solar panels and a Feed-In tariff, find out how you can switch energy suppliers.

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12 April 2023

What are Independent Gas Transporters (IGTs)? - Uswitch

Find out what an Independent Gas Transporter is, how you can tell if you are on IGT gas and what you should be aware of if you are.

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Smart energy

Smart energy is the future - how can you get on board? Find out here.

25 April 2024

The ultimate guide to smart thermostats - Uswitch

Discover all you need to know about getting a smart thermostat - find out how a new smart thermostat can reduce your energy usage and energy bills, and compare the most popular products in the market.

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14 June 2023

When will my energy supplier install my smart meter?

All suppliers will have offered their customers smart meters for gas and electric by June 2025. Find out what the largest suppliers are currently doing and their progress towards the smart meter rollout.

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18 April 2023

Top 5 smart meter benefits - Uswitch

Many suppliers are encouraging their customers to make the move to smart meters in order to modernise the nation’s energy infrastructure. If you’re still unsure whether a smart meter is right for you, we’ve listed the top five benefits of smart meters in this guide.

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07 February 2023

Smart meters | What are they? How do they work?

Smart meters offer a free way to keep track of your energy usage and could mean the end of estimated bills and meter readings. Our comprehensive guide explains everything you need to know about smart meters.

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05 January 2023

Smart thermostats - how they work and how you can save

Smart thermostats let you control your home's temperature via a tablet, smartphone or desktop for greater control over your heating and your energy bills.

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Energy studies

Read our latest energy studies.

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25 April 2024

104 energy saving tips for your home - Uswitch

With working from home the new normal and energy prices high, it's important to keep your bills as low as possible. The best ways to do that are in our guide featuring 104 energy-saving tips.

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15 April 2024

UK smart meter statistics 2024 | Uswitch.com

We’ve compiled over 100 smart meter statistics, including the number of smart meters installed in the UK and the cost savings from installing one.

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03 April 2024

Which appliances use the most energy? - Uswitch

With energy prices still high, there are limited options for both saving money and limiting your impact on the environment. Previously you’d have been able to switch to a better energy deal with one of the increasing number of green energy suppliers, but this is no longer the case.

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05 March 2024

UK business energy statistics 2024 | Uswitch.com

We’ve collated business energy statistics for 2024, covering the UK energy market, business energy costs, the most energy-intensive industries, and more.

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13 December 2023

UK renewable energy statistics 2023

We’ve collated the latest renewable energy statistics for 2023, covering the production, consumption and capacity of the UK’s green energy market.

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23 November 2023

Mouldy nation report

For this report, Uswitch looks at the prevalence of mould across the UK and offers tips and advice on how to combat it.

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