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Is it time to change tariff? Find out if your energy plan is ending

Is it time to change tariff? Find out if your energy plan is ending

Fixed price energy plans are a great way to grab a good deal but, when they end, it's important to take quick action or risk overpaying.

If you don't switch, you could end up being automatically rolled on to a much more expensive gas and electricity plan.

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My energy tariff is ending soon - when should I switch?

In accordance with Ofgem regulations, you won't need to pay any exit fees to switch away from your energy supplier within 49 days of your plan ending. Your supplier should notify you before your plan ends, allowing you time to find and switch to a new plan before you're rolled onto a "standard" plan, which is often much more expensive than a fixed tariff.

Once you receive this notification and you are in the 42-49 day window, you are free to switch without paying any early exit or cancellation fees.

Case study "I'm due to end my current contract with my current energy supplier and having received their new tariffs decided to try Uswitch. They found me a great deal with a saving of £276 on what my old supplier offered, plus it comes from a renewable energy supplier. I'm so happy I took the time to do this and would STRONGLY recommend you do the same to save you some money. It only takes about 15 minutes to do and it's worth it."

David, Uswitch customer

Though shorter switching times have been introduced, it's worth noting that switching can take up to 21 days (including a two-week "cooling off" period) for suppliers that have signed up to the Energy Switch Guarantee. However, once your supplier knows you're switching they shouldn't roll you onto a more expensive tariff.

While the notification 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.

Our video, which covers what you should do when your fixed energy plan ends, explains this in more detail.

  • Read the transcript

    Hi! If you’re on a fixed rate tariff, the date it ends is one you definitely need to put in your diary. Here’s why. With a fixed rate tariff, the fee you pay per unit of energy, and the daily standing charge, are set in stone for the duration of the plan. When your fixed plan comes to an end, it’s likely you’ll be rolled onto a standard plan. Standard plans are often more expensive than fixed plans and normally are variable, meaning you have the risk that energy fees can go up or down. This means that your bills could increase and you end up paying more for the same energy.

    It's a good option to lock in a fixed rate around the same as - or cheaper than - the rate you’re paying now to save more and maintain your peace of mind.

    When does my fixed plan end?

    Your fixed plan will end on a set date, but you don’t need to wait until then to switch. You can move to a new plan 49 days before your current plan ends without paying an exit fee. Your supplier should let you know when your plan is coming to an end, but you don't have to wait to receive the reminder. If you’re within the 49-day limit, you can still check your bill or run a comparison.

    What are you waiting for?

    How easy is it to switch?

    It generally takes 21 days to switch, but the process can be quicker. You won’t be charged twice or be without an energy supply at any point, so your switch should be completed without any issues. And remember, switching the plan you’re on doesn't always mean changing the supplier - if you’re happy with the supplier you’re with, they might have a cheaper tariff available you can switch to, rather than their default plan.

    To find a new fixed rate, use Uswitch to make sure you’re getting a deal that matches your needs. Go to uswitch.com to get started.

Energy plans ending soon

Supplier Plans ending soon End date
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Energy Plus Protection Feb 2022v2 28 Feb 2022
Energy Plus Protection Feb 2022v3 28 Feb 2022
Energy Plus Protection Feb 2022v5 28 Feb 2022
Energy Plus Protection Feb 2022v6 28 Feb 2022
Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v2 31 Jan 2022
Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v3 31 Jan 2022
Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v4 31 Jan 2022
Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v5 31 Jan 2022
Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v6 31 Jan 2022
Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v8 31 Jan 2022
HomeEnergy Fix Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022
HomeEnergy Fix Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
HomeEnergy Secure Green Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
HomeEnergy Secure Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
Online Fix Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022
Online Fix Feb 2022v2 28 Feb 2022
Online Fix Feb 2022v3 28 Feb 2022
Online Fix Feb 2022v5 28 Feb 2022
Online Fix Feb 2022v6 28 Feb 2022
Online Fix Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
Online Fix Jan 2022v4 31 Jan 2022
Online Fix Jan 2022v6 31 Jan 2022
Online Fix Jan 2022v7 31 Jan 2022
Online Fix Jan 2022v8 31 Jan 2022
Uexclusive Fix Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
Uexclusive Fix Jan 2022v2 31 Jan 2022
Uexclusive Plus Protection Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
Uexclusive Plus Protection Jan 2022v2 31 Jan 2022
E.ON Fix 1 Year Exclusive January 2021 Compare now
Fix 2 Year v4
Fix 2 Year v5
Fix 2 Year v6
Fix 2 Year v7
Fix Online Exclusive v58
Fix Online Exclusive v59
Fix Online Exclusive v60
Fix Online Exclusive v61
Fix Online Exclusive v62
Fix Online Exclusive v63
Fix and Drive v11
Fix and Drive v7
Fix and Drive v8
ESB Energy Brighter Future 12 v13 Compare now
Brighter Future 24 v3
Shell Energy Energy February 2022 28 Feb 2022 Compare now
Energy February 2022 v4 28 Feb 2022
Energy February 2022 v5 28 Feb 2022
Energy February 2022 v6 28 Feb 2022
Energy February 2022 v7 28 Feb 2022
Energy January 2022 31 Jan 2022
Energy January 2022 v2 31 Jan 2022
Energy January 2022 v3 31 Jan 2022
Energy January 2022 v4 31 Jan 2022
Fixed February 2022 plus Philips Hue and Nest 28 Feb 2022
Go Further January 2022 31 Jan 2022
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Octopus Energy Octopus 12M Fixed December 2020 v1 Compare now
Octopus 12M Fixed February 2021 v1
Octopus Exclusive 12M Fixed February 2021 v1
Octopus Exclusive 12M Fixed February 2021 v2
Octopus Exclusive 12M Fixed January 2021 v2
Octopus Exclusive 12M Fixed January 2021 v3
Super Green Octopus 12M Fixed February 2021 v1
Super Green Octopus Fixed 12M December 20202 v1
Uswitch Octopus 12M Fixed February 2021 v1
Uswitch Octopus 12M Fixed February 2021 v2
Uswitch Octopus 12M Fixed February 2021 v3
Uswitch Octopus 12M Fixed January 2021 v1
Uswitch Octopus 12M Fixed January 2021 v2
OVO Energy Better Energy 21/01/21 Compare now
Better Energy 23/02/21
Better Smart 02/03/2021
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Powershop Fixed Term 18 Month 2020 Issue 4 Compare now
Fixed Term 18 Month 2020 Issue 5
Fixed Term 24 Month 2020 Issue 1
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100% Green 12m Fixed Jan21 v1
100% Green Uswitch Exclusive 12m Fixed Feb21 v1
ScottishPower Greener Future February 2022 B1 28 Feb 2022 Compare now
Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save January 2022 31 Jan 2022
Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save January 2022 Online 31 Jan 2022
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver January 2022 31 Jan 2022
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver January 2022 Online 31 Jan 2022
Online Fix and Save February 2022 28 Feb 2022
Online Fix and Save February 2022 v2 28 Feb 2022
Online Fixed Saver February 2022 28 Feb 2022
Online Fixed Saver February 2022 v2 28 Feb 2022
Super Saver February 2022 B1 28 Feb 2022
Super Saver February 2022 B2 28 Feb 2022
Super Saver January 2022 B1 31 Jan 2022
Super Saver January 2022 B2 31 Jan 2022
Super Saver January 2022 B3 31 Jan 2022
So Energy So Bramble - Green Compare now
So Bramble Essential - Green
So Carrot - Green
So Carrot Essential - Green
So Carrot Essential v2 - Green
So Carrot Essential v3 - Green
SSE 2 Year Fix Compare now
Online Energy v9
SSE 1 Year Fix v2
SSE 1 Year Fix v3
SSE 1 Year Fix v4
SSE 2 Year Fix
SSE Fix and Drive v2
SSE Online Smart Saver

I've compared energy plans and there's nothing cheaper than the one I'm on now

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.

Compare energy prices here

It's a good idea to compare energy regularly to see what the latest prices mean for you, even though there are fewer deals available. Enter your postcode to get started.

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.

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).

Compare energy prices here

It's a good idea to compare energy regularly to see what the latest prices mean for you, even though there are fewer deals available. Enter your postcode to get started.

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