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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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22 December 2022

Gas and electricity utility bills | How to understand them

Discovering what a utility bill includes will help you understand how, why and what you have been charged by an energy supplier. Utility bills can contain a number of additional charges, facts, and figures on your home usage.

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21 December 2022

Octopus Energy bill explained

Energy bills can be confusing, but they're not as scary as they look - find out how to read your Octopus Energy bill here.

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16 November 2022

Average gas and electricity bills in the UK

What does the average UK gas and electricity bill look like? See how your energy usage and bills compare against Ofgem's averages for 2022.

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15 November 2022

ScottishPower energy bill explained

Having trouble understanding your ScottishPower bill? Read our helpful energy bill breakdown to cut through the confusion.

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15 November 2022

Estimating energy consumption | How much energy do I use?

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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14 November 2022

E.ON Next energy bill explained

We break down a sample statement to help you read your E.ON Next energy bill and cut through the confusion.

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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.

26 January 2023

Informal carers and energy bills

Help for carers with energy bills - an estimated 6.5 million people in the UK act as informal carers. Many informal carers live with vulnerable friends or family, which can have an effect on their bills.

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17 January 2023

Power cut compensation and what to do in case of a power cut

Lost gas or electricity? Suffered a power cut? The Uswitch guide to power cuts explains what you need to know and how to get what you're owed.

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20 December 2022

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

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

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29 November 2022

Warm Home Discount scheme 2022/23 - Uswitch

Discover all you need to know about the government-funded Warm Home Discount scheme - a guide to help eligible homes save money on their energy bills in 2022 and 2023.

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10 November 2022

Power cuts: what to expect and how to handle them

Power cuts and blackouts are never enjoyable, whether they're expected or unexpected. Find out how to handle them here.

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28 October 2022

Priority Services Register - energy-related services for vulnerable customers

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.

26 January 2023

What is an Economy 7 meter? | Understanding Economy 7

Do you have an Economy 7 meter? 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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24 October 2022

What is Economy 10? A complete guide to Economy 10 meters and tariffs

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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12 September 2022

How to change prepayment meter to a regular energy meter

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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06 September 2022

How to read your gas meter | How to read your electricity meter

Record meter readings from a standard dial meter, digital meter or an Economy 7 gas and electricity meters in this Uswitch guide to reading energy meters.

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05 September 2022

Prepayment meters and pay as you go energy

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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05 July 2022

White meters explained

Moved into a property with a white meter? Find out what a white meter is and how it works here.

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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.

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26 January 2023

Gas and electric costs | Understanding kWh

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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19 January 2023

Heating oil - how to compare and switch heating oil

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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17 January 2023

Underfloor heating: the ultimate guide

Expert advice and all you need to know about underfloor heating systems including the different types of underfloor heating, the costs and the benefits.

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20 December 2022

What is Ofgem's energy price cap 2022? - Uswitch

Information on the energy price cap set by Ofgem, including the frozen Energy Price Guarantee rate of £2,500, which came into effect in October 2022.

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31 October 2022

Discover why 2022 energy price changes affect energy bills

Find out which suppliers have increased or decreased their energy prices and how that affects your energy bills in 2022.

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26 October 2022

Fracking in the UK - what is it and is it dangerous?

Get the facts about fracking in the UK. Learn about the risks of UK fracking with our user guide which has the answers to all your fracking questions

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Energy suppliers

Questions about your supplier? Find the answers here.

26 January 2023

Big Six Energy Suppliers | Who are they?

Discover who are the Big Six energy suppliers in the UK and why are they important to households and homeowners domestic energy bills and energy tariffs.

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21 October 2022

How to make a complaint about your energy supplier

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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06 September 2022

What happens if my energy supplier goes bust?

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

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17 August 2022

How to contact your energy supplier

Finding your energy supplier's contact details can be tricky, especially if their website isn't easy to navigate. We've collated the contact details of energy suppliers so you can see what your options are.

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27 May 2022

How to compare and switch UK electricity suppliers

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 2022.

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27 May 2022

Fuel mix - Domestic energy suppliers' energy fuel mix

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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26 January 2023

Switching 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 find a better energy supplier.

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17 January 2023

Switching to a small energy supplier – is it safe to switch?

Smaller energy suppliers make up a significant part of the UK energy market. As more people leave the big six energy suppliers, should you also switch to a smaller energy provider? Our guide answers all your small supplier questions.

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31 October 2022

Tenants’ guide to switching energy and electricity supplier

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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31 October 2022

Switching your energy supplier - Your questions answered

Got questions about the energy switching process? Uswitch has the answers here to help you save hundreds of pounds in minutes.

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27 October 2022

Claim energy bill credit when you switch energy suppliers

Discover if you have energy bill credit from your current gas and electricity supplier. Understand why your energy bill might be in credit and learn how to check if you are due an energy refund.

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12 September 2022

Rejected energy switch issues and how to fix them

A rejected energy switch can sometimes occur even when it looks like everything's gone through correctly. Here's why this might happen and what you can do about it if it does.

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Energy tariffs

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

26 January 2023

Understanding energy tariffs | What are the different types of energy tariff?

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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13 December 2022

Standard variable rate tariffs - a Uswitch guide

What makes an energy plan a '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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31 October 2022

Is it time to change tariff? Why you should switch when your energy tariff ends

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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12 September 2022

How do fixed price energy tariffs work?

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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30 June 2022

Discover how a fixed rate energy plan can save you money

Expert advice in our guide about fixed rate energy plans and if it’s the right tariff for you and your home. Read about the benefits and costs of going for a fixed rate.

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29 June 2022

Tariff Comparison Rate — how to find and use an energy TCR

Tariff Comparison Rates help you work out if you're on the best energy plan, but is it still worth using them?

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Smart energy

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

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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05 January 2023

The ultimate guide to smart thermostats

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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21 October 2022

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 October 2022

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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05 October 2022

Benefits of a smart meter | Top 5 smart meter benefits

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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Energy studies

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01 February 2023

UK Boiler Statistics 2023 - Top Boiler Facts and Stats

We’ve collated the latest boiler statistics for 2023, covering the UK boiler market, boiler breakdown statistics, the future of home heating, and more.

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22 December 2022

104 energy saving tips for your home

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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22 November 2022

Which appliances use the most energy?

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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06 June 2022

Green Council Report: Are county councils taking sustainable steps?

With the UK’s net zero emissions target date set for 2050, green energy comparison site Uswitch.com wanted to see if the UK’s county councils are doing their part to become better sustainable businesses.

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07 April 2022

The cities with the most beautiful green spaces

Discover where in the world you can find the most beautiful parks and gardens to relax and unwind in

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10 March 2022

The world’s most popular B Corp businesses

By analysing B Corp data, the green energy experts at Uswitch have revealed the most popular green brands on the planet and which country is home to the most B-Corps.

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