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Switching gas suppliers isn't complicated, even if you’ve never switched before. In fact, it's even more likely that you will save money if you haven't switched before.
The process of switching your gas is no more complicated than switching your mobile phone provider. Here's how it works:
- You run a comparison, on our comparison page using your latest spending figures or your consumption details in kWh
- find cheaper gas prices and decide to switch
- You find a cheaper gas supplier or plan/tariff and decide to switch to a cheaper plan
- We contact your new gas supplier on your behalf and pass on all your details
- They will use the same meters and wires as your old supplier so the gas itself doesn't change, the only thing that changes is who charges you for it
- Your gas supply won’t be switched off at any point, so you don't have to worry about that.
- We have a freephone UK contact centre which can help you compare fuel prices and gas suppliers or answer any questions about a switch
Simply enter your postcode into the green box to start your gas price comparison.
What can uSwitch do about changing gas prices?
We can't stop gas prices going up or down, but we can help you check the best fuel prices available with our free gas price comparison and switching service.
uSwitch is quick, free and simple to use. Why pay a higher gas price than you need to when you can simply switch online? You can also compare electricity prices at the same time.
In fact, rather than switching your gas and electricity separately you might be better off comparing both at the same time. Dual fuel deals, whereby your gas and electricity are on the same plan from the same supplier, are often cheaper than getting your gas and electricity from different suppliers.
How does a gas price comparison work?
The key to running an accurate and impartial gas price comparison is using a reputable and accredited energy switching service. uSwitch has earned Ofgem's Confidence Code, which is a voluntary accreditation for online switching sites.
The Confidence Code requires uSwitch to operate independently, impartially, present tariffs fairly and provide accurate information regarding gas suppliers and fuel prices. So you can be sure that the results we show you are what's best for you, not us.
Once you've provided a few details about your gas usage and where you are located, we scan our extensive database of gas suppliers and gas tariffs to provide an impartial gas price comparison bespoke to your needs. Our database is constantly updated with all the latest plans and prices to make sure your results are accurate and up to date.
When you've found your new gas plan, you confirm your switch. That's it; we inform your new supplier of the switch, who will in turn notify your old supplier and you will soon be enjoying lower fuel prices.
The only other thing you should do is take a final meter reading. Submitting your final meter reading to your old supplier is a good idea to make sure your final bill is accurate, and submitting the same reading to your new supplier will make sure your billing starts accurately.
Does a switch mean potential gas outages?
Rest assured, when you compare fuel prices with uSwitch you can do so safe in knowledge that changing gas supplier will not mean an interruption in your supply.
Don't hold off running a gas price comparison because you're worried there might be a gas outage.
Any supplier you select to replace your current gas provider will provide fuel through the same pipes as before. Your new and outgoing suppliers will work together to complete the switch.
Switching for beginners by uSwitch
Join the thousands of people who switch gas suppliers with us each week. Start by comparing gas prices with our easy to use calculator – it’s straightforward, impartial and free for you to use.
You can complete your switch in a number of different ways depending on what information you have at your disposal. The best way to run a switch is with your annual energy statement.
Your annual energy statement is a requirement by Ofgem that all energy suppliers must send out. It summarizes your tariff name, how much energy you've used in the past 12 months, how much you've spent over the past year, the terms and conditions of your tariff, details of any premiums and discounts and a reminder that you can switch.
The amount of energy you've used in kWh over the course of the year, which you can find on your annual energy statement, will give you the most accurate quote. Your usage in kWh is the same regardless of what supplier you're with, so you'll be able to compare different suppliers and tariffs.
If you don't have your annual statement you can still get an accurate quote using your monthly or quarterly usage figures. Just look for the words 'usage' or 'consumption' on your latest energy bill.
Don't worry if you can't find your usage or consumption figures though, you can still get an accurate comparison with your spending figures. Just enter how much you've spent on your gas in the last month, quarter or year.
Finally, even if you don't have a recent energy bill you can still run a comparison. When we ask whether you know how much energy you use just select 'No' and estimate your usage.
To estimate your usage we will ask you a series of questions such as 'How big is your house', 'How good is your insulation', and 'What do you cook with?'.