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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.

Though shorter switching times have been introduced, it's worth noting that switching still takes at least 17 days (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.

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
Better Energy Online Fixed 1 - Nov 20 30 Nov 2020 Compare now
Online Reward 1 - Nov 20 30 Nov 2020
Online Reward 2 – Dec 20 31 Dec 2020
Postal Fixed 1 - Nov 20 30 Nov 2020
Postal Reward 1 - Nov 20 30 Nov 2020
Postal Reward 2 – Dec 20 31 Dec 2020
Bristol Energy Bristol Energy Fixed-to December 2020 Issue 16 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
British Gas Copy of Energy Plus Protection Dec 2020v2 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
Energy Plus Protection Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020
Energy Plus Protection Dec 2020v2 31 Dec 2020
Energy Plus Protection Dec 2020v4 31 Dec 2020
Energy and Boiler Cover Green Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020
Energy and Boiler Cover Green Nov 2020v2 30 Nov 2020
Energy and Boiler Cover Green Nov 2020v3 30 Nov 2020
Energy and Boiler Cover Green Nov 2020v4 30 Nov 2020
HomeEnergy Fix Green Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020
EDF Energy Better Together Nov20 30 Nov 2020 Compare now
Energy+Boiler Care Nov20 30 Nov 2020
Energy+Heating Control Nov20 30 Nov 2020
More Together Nov20 30 Nov 2020
Prepay Total Service Nov20 30 Nov 2020
Prepay Total Service Nov20 30 Nov 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Dec20 31 Dec 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Dec20v2 31 Dec 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Dec20v3 31 Dec 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Dec20v4 31 Dec 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Dec20v5 31 Dec 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Nov20 30 Nov 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Nov20v2 30 Nov 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Nov20v3 30 Nov 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Nov20v4 30 Nov 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Nov20v5 30 Nov 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Nov20v6 30 Nov 2020
Simply Online 1 Year Fix Nov20v7 30 Nov 2020
Shell Energy First Control December 2020 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
First Control December 2020 v2 31 Dec 2020
First Control December 2020 v3 31 Dec 2020
First Fixed December 2020 31 Dec 2020
First Fixed November 2020 30 Nov 2020
First Fixed November 2020 v2 plus 30 Nov 2020
First Fixed November 2020 v3 30 Nov 2020
Fixed December 2020 31 Dec 2020
Fixed November 2020 30 Nov 2020
Fixed November 2020 plus Smart 30 Nov 2020
First Utility First Control December 2020 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
First Control December 2020 v2 31 Dec 2020
First Control December 2020 v3 31 Dec 2020
First Fixed December 2020 31 Dec 2020
First Fixed November 2020 30 Nov 2020
First Fixed November 2020 v2 plus 30 Nov 2020
First Fixed November 2020 v3 30 Nov 2020
Flow Energy Flow Fixed November 2020 30 Nov 2020 Compare now
GB Energy GB Fixed November 20 30 Nov 2020 Compare now
GnERGY GnERGY Fixed December 2020 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
Gulf Gas and Power Gulf Home Exclusive 12 December 20 v1 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
Gulf Home Exclusive 12 November 20 v1 30 Nov 2020
npower Exclusive Fix December 2020 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
Exclusive Fix December 2020 v2 31 Dec 2020
Go Green Energy Fix December 2020 31 Dec 2020
PFP Energy ClearFixed 12 v22 30 Nov 2020 Compare now
FixedFor 12 v31 30 Nov 2020
SimpleFixed 12 v31 30 Nov 2020
Stay Fixed v23 31 Dec 2020
Stay Fixed v25 31 Dec 2020
Together - Nov 2020 - fixed 94 30 Nov 2020
ScottishPower Extend Exclusive Fixed December 2020 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
Extend Fix and Save December 2020 31 Dec 2020
Extend Fixed Saver December 2020 31 Dec 2020
Fix and Save December 2020 EH1 31 Dec 2020
Fix and Save December 2020 FH1 31 Dec 2020
Fixed December 2020 EL1 31 Dec 2020
Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save December 2020 Online 31 Dec 2020
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy December 2020 Online 31 Dec 2020
Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver December 2020 Online 31 Dec 2020
Online Exclusive Fixed December 2020 IM1 31 Dec 2020
Online Exclusive Fixed December 2020 IM2 31 Dec 2020
Online Exclusive Fixed December 2020 SH1 31 Dec 2020
Online Exclusive Fixed December 2020 SM1 31 Dec 2020
Online Exclusive Fixed December 2020 SM3 31 Dec 2020
Online Exclusive Fixed December 2020 SM4 31 Dec 2020
Online Fix and Save December 2020 31 Dec 2020
Online Fixed Saver December 2020 31 Dec 2020
Saver December 2020 EM1 31 Dec 2020
Saver December 2020 FM1 31 Dec 2020
Saver Fixed December 2020 PM1 31 Dec 2020
Saver Fixed December 2020 PM1 Online 31 Dec 2020
Smart Charging Green Electric Vehicle December 2020 v2 31 Dec 2020
Smart Green Electric Vehicle December 2020 31 Dec 2020
Smart Green Electric Vehicle December 2020 v2 31 Dec 2020
Super Saver December 2020 B3 31 Dec 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B1 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B10 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B11 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B2 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B3 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B4 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B5 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B6 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B7 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B8 30 Nov 2020
Super Saver November 2020 B9 30 Nov 2020
Spark Energy Tili Select Saver - Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020 Compare now
Symbio Energy Symbio Black Friday Breakout Monthly Plan 2019 02 Dec 2020 Compare now
Symbio Black Friday Monthly Plan 2019 02 Dec 2020
Utility Warehouse Double Gold Fixed 28 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
Co-op Energy Co-op 12M Default Fixed Dec 2019 v1 – DD 31 Dec 2020 Compare now
Co-op 12M Default Fixed Dec 2019 v1 – QC 31 Dec 2020
Co-op Community Power Nov 20 - DD 30 Nov 2020
Co-op Community Power Nov 20 - QC 30 Nov 2020
Co-op Fixed November 20 - DD 30 Nov 2020
Co-op Fixed November 20 - QC 30 Nov 2020
Eastern Power Nov 20 - DD 30 Nov 2020
Eastern Power Nov 20 - QC 30 Nov 2020
Yorkshire Energy Green Mouse - Fixed until 30th November 2020 30 Nov 2020 Compare now
Green Owl - Fixed until 30th November 2020 30 Nov 2020

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.

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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 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).

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