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How to find a cheap electricity plan

How to find a cheap electricity plan

To find cheap electricity deals for your household, uSwitch can help you run a comparison of the latest deals to see how they stack up to your current plan.

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Switching to a new energy deal is the quickest and simplest way to cut household costs. Enter your postcode here to find cheaper energy deals.

How to compare electricity prices

  • Step 1 Find a recent electricity bill from your energy supplier.
  • Step 2 Visit an Ofgem-accredited electricity price comparison site, like uSwitch.
  • 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.

What is the cheapest electricity-only energy plan uSwitch can help me switch to?

Supplier Plan name Price
Bulb Vari-Fair £500 Compare now
SSE Exclusive 1 Year Fixed v3 £527 Compare now
So Energy So Turtle – Green £535 Compare now
Green Network Energy GNE Summer Saver £536 Compare now
Octopus Energy Octopus 12M Fixed £539 Compare now
npower Select npower Select uSwitch Exclusive v14 £546 Compare now
Green Network Energy GNE 2 Year Summer Saver £551 Compare now
Green Network Energy GNE Family Green 12 Month Fixed £551 Compare now
Octopus Energy Super Green Octopus £552 Compare now
Bristol Energy My Green Plus 1 Year Fix Issue 14 £554 Compare now

Based on average bill sizes for a medium energy user on an electricity-only plan, and averaged across all regions. This information is updated hourly with energy plans which are available to switch to through uSwitch. To appear in this table, plans must be available in at least seven of the 14 regions.

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 electricity comparison.

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.

Most respondents expressed concerns about the ability of a smaller provider to guarantee reliable service. However, you can check out most small suppliers' customer ratings in our dedicated customer service page.

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?

We adhere to Ofgem's Confidence Code, which means we voluntarily adhere to their code of practise and provide a simple way to compare electricity rates, switch provider and find the best price.

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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