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Is your energy tariff ending?

Fixed price energy plans are a great way to grab a good deal; but when they end, take quick action or risk overpaying

When your tariff end date comes around, it's important that you take action or you could end up being rolled on to a much more expensive gas and electricity plan.

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My energy tariff is ending. When should I switch?

In accordance with Ofgem regulations, suppliers must notify you about your plan's upcoming end date 42 - 49 days before the end of your plan . This allows you time to find and switch to a new plan before you're rolled on to your supplier's "standard" plan, which is often much more expensive.

Once you receive this letter and you are in the 42-49 day window, you are free to switch without penalty, even if the plan carries early exit fees (cancellation fees).

Though shorter switching times have been introduced, it's worth noting that switching still takes at least three weeks (two week "cooling off" period plus three days to switch). However, once your supplier knows you're switching they shouldn't roll you onto a more expensive tariff.

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While the letter from your supplier will alert you to cheaper plans, these plans will only be the cheapest available from your supplier. That's why it's important to compare energy plans with an Ofgem accredited site like uSwitch.

Energy plans ending soon

SupplierPlans ending soonEnd date
Everything Online Jan 201931 Jan 2019Compare now
All Online Jan 201931 Jan 2019
HomeEnergy Plus Cover Jan 201931 Jan 2019
All Online Feb 201928 Feb 2019
HomeEnergy Secure Feb 201928 Feb 2019
HomeEnergy Capped Feb 201928 Feb 2019
Blue+Price Freeeeze February 201928 Feb 2019Compare now
Online Saver Feb1928 Feb 2019
Simply Fixed Renewal Feb1928 Feb 2019
Blue+Price Freeeeze February 2019v228 Feb 2019
Blue+Price Protection Feb1928 Feb 2019
Simply Fixed Renewal Jan1931 Jan 2019
Online Saver Jan19v231 Jan 2019
Online Saver Jan1931 Jan 2019
Smart Saver Jan1931 Jan 2019
First Magic February 201928 Feb 2019Compare now
First Fixed February 2019 v328 Feb 2019
First Vine February 201928 Feb 2019
First Vine February 2019 V228 Feb 2019
First Fixed February 201928 Feb 2019
First Fixed February 2019 v4 plus28 Feb 2019
iControl Fixed February 201928 Feb 2019
Smart First January 2019 Online31 Jan 2019
Smart First January 2019 v231 Jan 2019
First Fixed February 2019 v2 plus28 Feb 2019
iSave Fixed January 2019 v231 Jan 2019
First Gourmet January 201931 Jan 2019
iSave Fixed January 201931 Jan 2019
First Fixed January 2019 v2 Online31 Jan 2019
First Fixed January 2019 plus31 Jan 2019
iControl Fixed January 201931 Jan 2019
StuRents Fixed February 201928 Feb 2019
First Fixed January 2019 v3 Full Service31 Jan 2019
First Entertain November 201931 Jan 2019
You First January 201931 Jan 2019
Fixed Until January 2019 v231 Jan 2019Compare now
Fixed Until January 201931 Jan 2019
Fixed Until February 201928 Feb 2019
Star Fixed Price Jan 2019 v131 Jan 2019Compare now
Sunrise Fixed Price Feb 2019 v128 Feb 2019
Price Freeze January 201931 Jan 2019Compare now
Price Freeze February 201928 Feb 2019
Price Promise February 201928 Feb 2019
Together - February 2019 - fixed 6828 Feb 2019Compare now
FixedFor 12 v628 Feb 2019
Together – January 2019 – fixed 6731 Jan 2019
FixedFor 12 v531 Jan 2019
Flow Tulip Fixed March 201928 Feb 2019Compare now
Flow Tulip Fixed March 2019 Green28 Feb 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy January 201931 Jan 2019Compare now
Online Fixed Saver January 201931 Jan 2019
Online Fixed Saver January 201931 Jan 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy January 2019 v2 Online31 Jan 2019
Online Fixed Price Energy January 201931 Jan 2019
Online Fix and Save January 201931 Jan 2019
Online Fixed Saver January 2019 v231 Jan 2019
Online Fixed Price Energy January 2019 v231 Jan 2019
Online Fix and Save January 2019 v231 Jan 2019
Basic Fixed January 201931 Jan 2019

I've compared energy plans there's nothing cheaper - what should I do?

You may find there's nothing cheaper than your plan that's about to end. This is, after all, the appeal of fixed plans - they lock in a very cheap rate for a year or more.

If this is the case for you, be aware that you should still switch. Inevitably, your cheap-rate plan will end and you'll be rolled on to your supplier's standard rate tariff. This is almost always much more expensive than you were paying, and will most definitely be more expensive than the cheapest plan on the market.

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What type of energy tariff should I switch to?

Finding a cheaper energy plan depends on a whole host of factors, including where you live, your consumption and the current energy plan market.

Fixed energy deals

Switching to another fixed rate energy plan offers the peace of mind that your rates won't change. If you're not comfortable with a plan that includes an exit fee in case you don't like your new supplier or a better deal comes along, you can simply filter your comparison results - there are several fixed plans that don't carry an early exit fee.

Variable rate energy tariffs

Sometimes variable rate plans are some of the cheapest energy deals, but keep in mind you won't be protected if your supplier puts up their prices.

This is particularly worth noting when it comes to small suppliers, who can be more immediately impacted by changes to the wholesale gas and electricity market. That can lead to them having to be more reactive to wholesale changes and more likely to roll out price rises.

Renewable energy plan

If you're looking to do your part for the environment, there are several suppliers now offering energy plans powered by 100% renewably generated electricity.

These plans are often competitively priced as well.

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What else can you do to keep costs down?

Ensuring youre on the cheapest energy plan, or on a good value fixed term plan, is the only way you can get the most value for every kWh you use, but there are other ways to keep costs down.

While a cheaper plan will save you money, so will using less energy in the first place. Simple changes around the home like dropping your thermostat by just one degree or draught proofing your doors and windows can make a significant difference, but larger investments can also pay off.

Insulation is the first step to keeping your energy costs down. Loft insulation is the easiest and cheapest to install, and even if you have loft insulation you should check whether you have the right levels installed, but more costly wall and floor insulation can also be worth considering.

Comparing from a fixed price plan & energy personal projection

When you are on a fixed energy plan, comparison sites will use what's called a personal projection. In a nutshell, this is your estimated future energy cost for the next 12 months.

This calculation assumes you do not switch when your fixed deal ends, and uses the rates of your rollover plan to calculate your energy spend that is blended with your existing rates.

That means, when you are on a fixed plan with a looming end date, your personal projection will change because your projection is a blend of the remaining days on your current fixed plan, and includes the days you will be on your supplier's pre-set rollover plan (the plan you will be automatically rolled on to if you do nothing).

If you only want to view savings based on your current plan, you can do this by selecting "How was this calculated" in your comparison results and choosing the "Compare on my current costs" tab.

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