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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 send you notice about your plan's upcoming end date 42 - 49 days before the end of your plan . This allows 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, you are free to switch without penalty, even if the plan carries early exit fees (cancellation fees).

While this seems like plenty of time, you don't want to leave it to the last minute. Though shorter switching times have been introduced, it still takes at least three weeks (two week "cooling off" period plus three days to switch) to switch suppliers.

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It's worth noting that while this letter from your supplier will contain information that they're obligated to tell you about cheaper plans available to you, this list will only include plans from them — not the entire energy market. That's why it's important to compare the whole market.

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 rate energy plans offer the peace of mind of rates that 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.

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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.

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