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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.

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Energy bills | Energy discounts and help | Energy meters | Energy prices | Energy suppliers | Energy switching | Energy tariffs | Smart energy

Energy bills

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

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27 May 2022

What to do if you're in debt to your energy supplier

Are you in energy debt? Find out what help is available if you owe money to your energy supplier and how to get out of energy debt.

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26 May 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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28 March 2018

Use your energy bill QR code to switch and save

Scan your way to energy savings by using your energy bill's QR code — get a faster, simpler personalised energy price comparison.

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22 March 2018

OVO Energy bill explained

Having trouble understanding your OVO bill? Use Uswitch's helpful energy bill breakdown to cut through the confusion.

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22 March 2018

How do I read my British Gas bill?

No need to be confused by your British Gas energy bill. We break down an example bill to help you read your energy bill and cut through the confusion.

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20 March 2018

How to pay by cash or cheque for your energy bill

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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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.

27 May 2022

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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27 May 2022

Get help paying your energy bills

Get help paying your energy bills. 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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27 May 2022

Cold Weather Payments: Find out if you’re eligible & how to claim

Are you eligible for a Cold Weather Payment this year? Find out if you could claim £25 for every week of cold weather this winter.

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26 May 2022

Warm Home Discount scheme - information for 2022-2023

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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26 May 2022

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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26 May 2022

Support for energy customers with sight loss

From the Priority Services Register to tailored support, many energy suppliers are taking steps to make it easier for those with visual impairments to manage their energy bills and accounts.

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Energy meters

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

27 May 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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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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27 May 2022

EDF price changes in 2022

Will energy bills from EDF rise in 2022? Discover the latest EDF energy price changes in our roundup. Find out info on the latest energy price rises in 2022.

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26 May 2022

ScottishPower price changes in 2022

ScottishPower price changes in 2022. Find out how you could be affected and how to get a cheaper deal on gas and electricity. Compare and switch your energy today.

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26 May 2022

npower has changed its energy prices - get the latest info here

Will energy bills from npower rise in 2021? Discover the latest energy price changes from npower. Find out info on the latest price changes in 2021.

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26 May 2022

SSE energy price changes in 2022

Energy suppliers including SSE change their prices regularly in line with the energy price cap. How do these energy price changes affect your energy bill for 2022?

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26 May 2022

Discover how 2022 energy price changes affect energy bills

Find out which suppliers have increased or decreased their energy prices this year. Compare latest energy deals and help save you money on energy bills in 2022.

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26 May 2022

E.ON has changed its energy prices - get the latest info

Will energy bills from E.ON rise in 2022? Discover the latest energy price changes from E.ON. Find out info on the latest price rise changes in 2022.

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Energy suppliers

Questions about your supplier? Find the answers here.

Energy switching

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

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27 May 2022

Can I switch energy supplier if I have solar panels?

Find out if having solar panels will make it more difficult for you to switch energy supplier.

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27 May 2022

Collective energy switching scheme - how it works

Discover how the collective energy switching scheme works and why the consumer has the power when it comes to gas and electricity prices, deals and tariffs.

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27 May 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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27 May 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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27 May 2022

Notifying your supplier of an energy switch

When you switch energy supplier through a comparison site like Uswitch, you don't need to contact your supplier. We explain how it all works in this handy guide.

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27 May 2022

Where does my household electricity and gas come from?

Energy is generated in a number of ways. Discover where, what and how your home energy is created? Find out what your current energy supplier's fuel mix is.

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Energy tariffs

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

27 May 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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27 May 2022

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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Smart energy

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

Energy studies

Read our latest energy studies.

02 December 2021

Which European city uses the most energy to light up for Christmas?

Christmas is an expensive time of year, especially when it comes to switching on the Christmas tree. But which European city uses the most energy for their festive lights? Uswitch investigates.

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07 October 2021

Celebrity Christmas Recipes: Whose recipe costs the most time and money?

Discover the time and costs of the most popular celebrity chefs Christmas dinner recipes, from Nigella Lawson to Ottolenghi

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17 August 2021

Revealed: The carbon footprint of trending food and drink

Discover the carbon footprint of the top trending food and drink items to help you reduce your impact on the planet.

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11 August 2021

Low-maintenance plants and how to care for them

Gardening data reveals the plants that require the least amount of maintenance.

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02 August 2021

Ethical Beauty Brands Influence Report

Analysing 45 of the most popular UK make-up brands, we reveal which are the most sustainable, and which influencers are earning the most money

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16 June 2021

Battle of the Brands: best supermarket own-brand vegan ranges ranked

Uswitch has analysed the own-brand vegan ranges from eight different supermarkets to reveal which have the most choice.

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