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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.

Beat the energy price rises

All of the big six suppliers have raised their prices in 2019 following the Ofgem price cap increase. Don’t get caught out - switch to a fixed deal today!

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 onto your supplier's "standard" plan, which is often much more expensive than a fixed tariff.

Once you receive this letter and you are in the 42-49 day window, you are free to switch without paying any 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.

Beat the energy price rises

All of the big six suppliers have raised their prices in 2019 following the Ofgem price cap increase. Don’t get caught out - switch to a fixed deal today!

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
Co-op Lite Online March 1931 Mar 2019Compare now
All Online Mar 201931 Mar 2019Compare now
HomeEnergy Exclusive Mar 201931 Mar 2019
HomeEnergy Plus Cover Mar 201931 Mar 2019
HomeEnergy Secure March 201931 Mar 2019
HomeEnergy Fixed Mar 201931 Mar 2019
HomeEnergy Fix Mar 201931 Mar 2019
All Online Apr 201930 Apr 2019
Temporary Apr 201930 Apr 2019
BG HomeEnergy Fix Apr 201930 Apr 2019
Simply Fixed Renewal Apr1930 Apr 2019Compare now
Blue+Fixed Price April 201930 Apr 2019
Online Saver Apr1930 Apr 2019
DualFuel Saver Apr1930 Apr 2019
Easy Online Apr1930 Apr 2019
Blue+Heating Protect Apr1930 Apr 2019
Blue+Price Protection Apr19v230 Apr 2019
Blue+Price Protection Apr1930 Apr 2019
Smart Saver Apr1930 Apr 2019
Online Saver Mar1931 Mar 2019
Online Saver Mar19v231 Mar 2019
Simply Fixed Renewal Mar1931 Mar 2019
Blue+Heating Protect Mar1931 Mar 2019
First Fixed April 2019 v230 Apr 2019Compare now
First Fixed April 201930 Apr 2019
Smart First April 2019 Online30 Apr 2019
First Fixed April 2019 v830 Apr 2019
First Fixed April 2019 v3 +30 Apr 2019
First Fixed April 2019 v4 plus30 Apr 2019
First Fixed April 2019 v5 plus30 Apr 2019
First Fixed April 2019 v7 plus30 Apr 2019
First Fixed April 2019 v6 plus30 Apr 2019
First USIO April 201930 Apr 2019
StuRents Fixed April 201930 Apr 2019
Smart First March 2019 Online31 Mar 2019
MSM Smart First March 2019 Online31 Mar 2019
Smart First March 2019 Default31 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 v7 Online31 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 v631 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 v5 plus31 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 v4 +31 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 v8 Full Service31 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 +31 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 v3 +31 Mar 2019
First Fixed March 2019 v2 +31 Mar 2019
Everyday Heroes Fix April 201930 Apr 2019Compare now
Online Price Fix April 201930 Apr 2019
Exclusive Online Fix March 201931 Mar 2019
Price Fix March 201931 Mar 2019
Online Price Fix March 201931 Mar 2019
Online Fixed Energy March 201931 Mar 2019
Fix Online March 201931 Mar 2019
Fixed Energy Online March 201931 Mar 2019
Sunrise Fixed Price Mar 2019 v230 Mar 2019Compare now
Fixed Until March 201931 Mar 2019Compare now
Fixed Until April 201930 Apr 2019
Bristol Energy Fixed March 201931 Mar 2019Compare now
Bristol Energy Fixed April 2019 Issue 430 Apr 2019
Gulf Home Fixed 12 Mar 19 v231 Mar 2019Compare now
Gulf Home Exclusive Apr 19 v130 Apr 2019
Gulf Home Fixed 12 Apr 19 v130 Apr 2019
GB Lite Online March 1931 Mar 2019Compare now
Price Promise March 201931 Mar 2019Compare now
Fixed Price March 201931 Mar 2019
Temporary Apr 201930 Apr 2019
Simple Saver March 201931 Mar 2019Compare now
Comfort Saver April 201930 Apr 2019
ENGIE Fixed April 1930 Apr 2019Compare now
ENGIE Fixed March 1931 Mar 2019
ENGIE Fixed March 19 v231 Mar 2019
Green Fixed March 1931 Mar 2019
GnERGY Fixed March 2019 Tariff31 Mar 2019Compare now
Together - April 2019 - fixed 7130 Apr 2019Compare now
Together - April 2019 - fixed 7230 Apr 2019
FixedFor 12 v830 Apr 2019
SimpleFixed 12 v830 Apr 2019
FixedFor 12 v930 Apr 2019
SimpleFixed 12 v930 Apr 2019
ClearFixed 12 v130 Apr 2019
Together - March 2019 - fixed 6931 Mar 2019
Together - March 2019 - fixed 7031 Mar 2019
FixedFor 12 v731 Mar 2019
Super Saver April 201930 Apr 2019Compare now
Super Saver April 2019 v230 Apr 2019
Exclusive Fix April 201930 Apr 2019
Price Secure April 2019 Online30 Apr 2019
Online Exclusive Fixed April 201930 Apr 2019
Fix Your Energy April 201930 Apr 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy April 2019 v2 Online30 Apr 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy April 2019 Online30 Apr 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy April 201930 Apr 2019
Saver Fixed April 2019 Online30 Apr 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver April 2019 Online30 Apr 2019
Online Fixed Saver April 201930 Apr 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy April 2019 v3 Online30 Apr 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save April 2019 Online30 Apr 2019
Online Fixed Price Energy April 201930 Apr 2019
Online Fix and Save April 2019 v230 Apr 2019
Online Fix and Save April 201930 Apr 2019
Basic Fixed April 2019 Online30 Apr 2019
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy March 2019 Online31 Mar 2019
Flow Rose Fixed May 201930 Apr 2019Compare now
Flow Iris Fixed May 201930 Apr 2019
Flow Iris Fixed May 2019 Green30 Apr 2019
Flow Rose Fixed May 2019 Green30 Apr 2019
Flow Daffodil 2019 Green31 Mar 2019
Flow Daffodil 201931 Mar 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 onto 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.

Beat the energy price rises

All of the big six suppliers have raised their prices in 2019 following the Ofgem price cap increase. Don’t get caught out - switch to a fixed deal today!

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 until the end of the plan. 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 you're 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 setting 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. Even if you already 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 and energy personal projection

When you are on a fixed energy plan, comparison sites will use what's called a personal projection. In simple terms, 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 onto if you do nothing).

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Beat the energy price rises

All of the big six suppliers have raised their prices in 2019 following the Ofgem price cap increase. Don’t get caught out - switch to a fixed deal today!