How it works
- You enter your postcode and energy habits for a bespoke comparison
- We compare energy plans for you, finding the best deals in your area
- No third party sites! Confirm your switch with us and we’ll even notify your new supplier. You just sit back and save!
Why use uSwitch?
- We’re free, informative & Ofgem accredited
- All you need is your postcode and an energy bill – or tell us about your energy habits
- Our uSwitch Guarantee: You have 14 days to cancel your switch
- Create an account to save your details so your next switch is even faster
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Is it easy to change gas, electricity or dual-fuel with uSwitch?
What is uSwitch?
Will my gas or electricity supply get cut-off during switching?
How do I compare gas and compare electricity prices?
But I just want to compare cheap electricity prices or cheap gas prices.
What happens once I’ve switched energy?
What do I need to get started?
Don’t worry if you don’t have one handy though – we can work out your gas and electricity usage by asking a few extra questions.
Can I trust uSwitch?
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Will electricity prices rise in 2018?
Energy regulator Ofgem says they are working to help create conditions that make the market more competitive, and therefore encourage suppliers to lower their prices, but often loyalty doesn’t pay with most energy suppliers, so it’s a good idea to switch energy.
Where are my electricity meters?
If you live in an apartment building, then the electricity meter might be found down the hallway inside your building, in its own locked cupboard. The location of an electricity meter varies from home to home, but if you do a little searching around, you will find it.
If you are trying to get a reading of your electricity meter, then use our guide to help you understand the different kinds of meters and how to read them.
How do I take an electricity meter reading?
- Economy 7
For a standard electricity meter (the most common), simply take a reading of the five black numbers from left to right – and if, present, ignore reading any of the red numbers. A basic electric meter reading can be displayed on a standard, digital or dial.
Special tariffs such as Economy 7, and prepayment electricity meters are a little more complicated to read. Read our guide to taking electricity readings for information on all the other types of meters.
Why is my electricity expensive?
Simple things like switching your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs can save you money in the long term. Getting a smart meter can also help you more accurately read how much electricity you are using in your home. It’s also a good idea to compare energy prices to see if you can switch to a cheaper deal.
Why is my electricity bill so high?
- It’s based on an estimated reading of your meter
Check that your bill is based on actual readings of your electricity meter rather than estimated ones. It’s important to take your own readings so that you get charged accurately. If you don’t know how take your own meter readings, read our guide.
- Your fixed price plan ended
A fixed price plan protects against price rises. These plans do end though, and when they do you get automatically rolled on to a new plan with different rates, which is usually much more expensive. Sometimes this new plan is another fixed rate deal, but that doesn’t mean you’re locked into it and you are free to switch to a new cheaper deal.
- You’re using more energy
It could be that you’re simply using more energy at home. Consider getting a smart meter to monitor your energy usage better. You can see how your daily behaviour influences your energy costs, and figure out a way to reduce your energy usage through lifestyle changes.
If you’re concerned about the cost of your electricity, continue reading more in our guide to reducing your household energy bills.
Will gas prices go up in 2018?
However, gas price rises will only impact you if you are on a variable rate tariff. You can protect yourself now by switching to a fixed rate energy plan.
Are electricity prices regulated?
Since 1996, when the energy market was opened up to competition, UK consumers have been able to switch energy suppliers to find a cheaper gas and electricity deal. Previously, Ofgem did set a maximum price for energy; but now Ofgem only regulates the market as a whole — that means creating a regulating schemes to support vulnerable households and more.
Overall, Ofgem states that its intention is to regulate the market in a way that increases competition and encourages more engagement from consumers, therefore causing prices to come down naturally.