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Compare electricity prices and cut your costs

To find the cheapest electricity rates for your household, you'll need to compare current electricity deal rates to your current bill.

Compare your energy bill and save

Switching supplier is the quick and simple way to cut household costs

How to compare electricity prices

  • Step 1 Find a recent electricity bill from your energy supplier.
  • Step 2 Visit a trusted electricity price comparison site, like uSwitch, that is accredited by Ofgem. If you choose another website, make sure it offers a whole market view (not just plans you can switch to through them), uses your own energy details for a personal comparison, is accredited by Ofgem and does not take you to a third-party site for the actual switch.
  • Step 3 Enter your electricity usage details as prompted so your results can be specific to your region and consumption.
  • Step 4 Review your electricity comparison results — you may choose to switch online to save hundreds of pounds, or simply want to see how your current electricity plan stacks up to the market.
  • Step 5 If you switch, enjoy your savings! The average user on uSwitch saved £488 a year* by switching their electricity!

What is the cheapest electricity only energy plan?

SupplierPlan namePrice
PowershopEasy Saver£411Compare now
PowershopEasy Saver Promise - April 2017£411Compare now
So EnergySo Hippo£460Compare now
Economy EnergyDirect Saver 2017 (v2)£464Compare now
Affect EnergyFixed Until April 2018£466Compare now
iSupplyEnergyiFix 12-Month May18 v2£467Compare now
iSupplyEnergyiFix 16-Month Sep18£467Compare now
Bristol EnergyBristol Energy 1 Year Fix Issue 13£473Compare now
Octopus EnergyOctopus 12M Fixed£474Compare now
LoCO2 EnergyPlanet Fixed Direct 2£478Compare now
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What can I do about rising electricity prices?

The cost of electricity only seems to be going in one direction, but that doesn't mean you can't do something about it.

Try comparing prices to see if you are on the best deal. If you're on a standard variable rate tariff, it's likely you'll be able to find a better deal.

Simply enter your postcode and start your gas and electricity comparison.

Running an electricity price comparison and switching for beginners

Comparing the best electricity tariffs requires certain pieces of information:

  • Your post code
  • Your energy use

Once we have this information, we can compare energy rates across our database of cheap electricity suppliers and run an electricity comparison to find the best plan and supplier for your needs.

Our energy calculator will compare utility prices using information sourced directly from the suppliers, and is impartial and free to use. Compare rates now and see how much you could save with a deal which suits you, not your supplier.

Your quote will also depend on what kind of user you are, so make sure you know what type of tariff and meter you need to ensure the best gas and electric prices.

Will my electricity supply be affected when I switch?

No. Every supplier uses the same wires and cables to provide you with energy so don’t let a fear of power cuts put you off running an electricity price comparison.

Should you decide to change supplier, your new and old providers will work together to ensure no disruption occurs leaving you to enjoy the best electricity prices. Compare electricity rates and switch using our simple and painless process today.

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What if a small supplier offers the best electric prices?

uSwitch previously carried out research to determine whether or not consumers would be reluctant to switch to a small provider. We found that just under half of those signed up to a member of the big six - British Gas, EDF, E.ON, npower, ScottishPower and SSE – would contemplate changing to a smaller supplier.

Don't ignore small suppliers when you compare utility prices

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Most respondents expressed concerns about the ability of a smaller provider to guarantee reliable service. If a price comparison tells you that the cheapest electric deals are with a small provider, you can look the company up in our guide to gas and electricity suppliers. Here you can see if their cheap energy rates are matched by their customer service track record.

If, despite this, you remain concerned that the supplier which offers the best electricity tariffs could go out of business, don’t worry. Should a supplier no longer be able to provide electricity for your household, energy regulator Ofgem has enacted certain rules to protect your home and you will be switched to a new supplier.

So have no fear. You can compare electricity tariffs safe in the knowledge that you will be protected should a supplier become unable to provide you with energy.

Can uSwitch guarantee that I'll get the best energy prices?

At uSwitch, we try to make it very clear that 'best' or 'cheapest' as applies to electricity prices is entirely dependent on every customer's unique circumstances. We often say there is not one single best electricity price; it's about getting you to compare energy rates to achieve the cheapest energy comparison for you. By running a comparison you can determine if your current cost of electricity is higher than other market options.

When you compare utility rates with uSwitch, we make sure you get a fair and accurate overview of the market

We adhere to Ofgem's Confidence Code, which means we are independent from electricity suppliers and provide a simple way to compare electricity rates, switch provider and find the best price.

Electricity suppliers value the customers which join them through uSwitch and sometimes offer exclusive deals through our website. These will show up when you compare utility prices.

Our customer care department is on hand to answer any questions you might have about running electric comparison searches and changing electricity providers.

In addition, we employ a team of energy experts, who monitor economic and government policies to ensure that when you compare the price of the various plans on offer you can also take into consideration how any wider developments may affect future energy prices.

How are electricity rates set?

The price of electricity can be affected by a wide variety of factors. These can range from coal, gas and oil prices and changing distribution costs to unexpected weather such as a particularly cold winter. Electricity prices are further complicated by the fact energy supplies often purchase energy many months or even years in advance to hedge their costs.

For consumers, the easiest way to guarantee fair electricity rates is to regularly compare electric suppliers. This allows you to ensure that your cost of electricity is in line with or below the other options in the market.

In short, when you compare the price of the various electricity plans available, you make sure you are paying competitive electric prices.

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*Between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2016, at least 10% of people who switched electricity supplier with uSwitch saved £488 or more.

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Switching supplier is the quick and simple way to cut household costs