The bills we hate the most are the ones for the products we’re forced to use. Our utility bills are chief among them. You can decide to disconnect the gas and stop using electricity, but who in their right mind would do either of those things? Switching providers, cutting back and getting a better deal are all we can do. Rather than shivering in the cold with your heating off or eating cold meals in the dark to conserve electricity, let’s take a look at the best websites for energy provider comparisons
According to MoneySuperMarket, you could save at least £248.37 a year if you switch energy providers through them. That’s around £20 a month, which isn’t a bad saving for something you need but don’t like spending money on. It only takes five minutes on their site to give them the information they need to access your home and your chances of getting a better energy deal. You put in your postcode and your energy habits and leave them to do the hard work. Then if you switch through them, they’ll tell your current supplier, so they make it very easy.
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Those cute meerkats make you laugh, but can you save money with these guys? Their site claims you can save up to £329 per year. When you read the fine print, it says that 50 per cent of customers who can make a saving through their site save £329 on dual fuel bills. If you get that saving, you’ll cut £27 from your monthly outgoings.
There’s a lot of information on SimplySwitch. Did you know that in 2019, just 38 per cent of billpayers switched energy providers? The most interesting stat is that 15 per cent have never switched. There’s also information on the big six energy providers: British Gas, EDF, e.on, npower, Scottish Power and SSE. All useful information that helps you make an informed decision when the time comes to consider a new energy supplier.
Their site works the same as the others. You just need your postcode and an idea of your energy consumption. Their site also offers a lot of information that help you pinpoint your usage levels. Are you a low, medium or high user? Uswitch will help you find out. It’s important to know as the cheapest deal for high users with a lot of bedrooms to heat and loads of people drawing on the electricity won’t be the same for low users in flats or small home or those in the middle.
How easy is it to switch?
It’s very easy, and the best thing is that you’re guaranteed to not lose your supply while the change over happens. All you have to do is provide accurate information, which you’ll get from your energy bill, select a tariff and then choose the best energy deal for you. When the switching process is underway, you won’t need to do anything further. Just wait for the nod from your new energy supplier. It could take up to 14 days before you hear anything. That’s because of the 14-day cooling-off period that protects you if you decide to go back on the deal. When they’re ready your new supplier will ask for the meter reading, and your old supplier will send you a final bill. Check if you’re owed a refund, and make sure you get it if you are.
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