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How to compare UK electricity companies

Comparing electricity suppliers in the UK

Fed up with energy price rises from your electricity company but not sure how to switch? uSwitch is here to help.

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uSwitch is an Ofgem-accredited energy price comparison website, which means you can compare your electricity deal to others on the market and switch to a better deal with us simply and worry-free. Keep reading to find out how to get started.

Comparing electricity suppliers in the UK

Does it cost money to switch electricity suppliers?

No, it doesn't cost you a penny to switch your electricity supply. That's the best part - uSwitch energy price comparison service is completely free to use, whether you switch or not.

That means you can run a comparison as often as you like to ensure you're on a great deal.

If your comparison results show that there's a better deal out there on the market, then you could in fact save money by switching your electricity supplier.

The latest info from Ofgem shows that during January and February 2018, 767,000 electricity customers switched their electricity. Of those switches, 28% were to small energy suppliers.

Which electricity suppliers are included in a comparison?

Aside from all big six energy suppliers:

uSwitch compares energy tariffs from dozens of small, medium and even brand-new-to-market suppliers in its comparison. We even provide a view of suppliers and deals we can’t help you switch to, so you can have a well informed view of the wider energy market.

It’s worth noting that energy deals and suppliers are always regional. So, if a friend or coworker switched to a great deal that you don’t see in your comparison results, it may be that the deal is not made available in your area.

How to switch my electricity plan and supplier?

To switch electricity plan and supplier, simply head to our energy price comparison page and enter your postcode to see the electricity tariffs available in your area.

We will ask how much energy you use, which you can find on your latest energy bill, or we can help you estimate this by asking a few questions about your general electricity consumption at home. This will help us filter the results and give you the most suitable options for you.

Once you've run your electricity comparison, you'll be able to view the details of your comparison results, including total cost, kWh rates and standing charges, customer service scores and general info about the tariff (including rewards, extras and incentives).

If you've chosen a plan uSwitch can help you switch to, it takes just minutes to enter your bank details and account information — uSwitch then sends the switch application to your new supplier and all you have to do is submit a meter reading and cancel any existing direct debits.

Can I get a green electricity tariff?

Yes, you certainly can get a green electricity tariff with uSwitch. More and more suppliers are offering 100% green electricity tariffs, and they're even easier to find with our energy comparison tool.

Read more in our guide to green energy tariffs. How to choose a green energy plan.

To view these, use the filter on the uSwitch results page to only show green plans and select the one you want. Start comparing green electricity tariffs today!

uSwitch - Switching made simple

uSwitch is all about making this usually complex process as simple as possible for you. All you need is a recent electricity bill to let us know how much energy you use and we will do all the leg work to help you find an energy supplier and tariff that suits you, from finding the rates to calculating your spending and savings figures. We even handle the switch process for you and, best of all; it’s completely free to you.

If you don't have an electricity bill, you can also provide an estimation of your energy usage by simply answering a few questions about your household energy consumption habits.

Our energy comparison tool uses the most up-to-date rates, which we get directly from the suppliers. Compare electricity tariffs to find out how much you could save and get an energy deal to suit you, not the electric companies.

How long does it take to switch energy suppliers?

Comparing and switching your electricity supplier online with uSwitch only takes a few minutes. Once we put your switching application through it usually takes around 17 days for your old supplier and new supplier to arrange the switch.

This timeline can vary between suppliers, but it's usually two to three weeks.

switching electric companies can save you money

What work do I need to do to help switch supplier?

It's worth noting that there is no need for any actual work to be done in your home or anywhere on your property.

In fact, there's very little required from the customer's end when switching your electricity supplier. Firstly, no pipes or wires need to be changed when switching. The switch, as far as customers are concerned, happens at an administrative level between the two suppliers.

The only thing you need to do is take a meter reading on the day your supply is switching over. Your new supplier will send you a letter informing you of the switching date to get you ready for this.

After you've submitted your meter reading to your new supplier, they will share this with your old supplier who will then send you a final bill if you still owe them money or they will credit your bank account if they overcharged you.

Finally, you may wish to cancel any direct debits to your old supplier to be safe. The rest is taken care of by the energy suppliers.

Can I change my mind after I switch supplier?

Yes, you can change your mind within 14 days if you decide you don't want to switch your electricity supplier. However, you must do this directly through the new supplier, not through uSwitch.

Learn more in our guide on what you need to do and What happens after I switch energy with uSwitch?

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