Get the best energy deal for you
Be an energy shopper.
With large numbers of energy suppliers and an even greater number of tariffs it can be hard to know where to look for the best deals. It is important that you're on the right tariff for you, to avoid paying more than you need for the energy you use. Recent changes in the energy market have made things simpler, clearer and fairer - so that you can check what you are paying today and work out whether you would benefit from a change.
The cheapest tariff available varies with postcode, energy usage and how you pay your bills (prepayment, quarterly, direct debit). By comparing the different tariffs and suppliers, you can find the best deal for you and how much you could expect to save.
To help you understand your current energy bills and the different options that are available, visit the Ofgem website be an energy shopper.
There are a number of questions you should ask potential suppliers before switching to a new tariff:
- How much does the supplier charge for fuel?
- What payment methods are available?
- Which is the best tariff for me?
- If you currently receive the Warm Home Discount, does the potential supplier offer it?
- Are there any special discounts or incentives, e.g. for online account management?
- Is there a standing charge or variable rates?
- How often do they send bills out?
- Does the supplier have a high rate of complaints?
- Is there a charge for leaving your current tariff early (exit fees)?
Don’t want to change supplier?
If you would prefer to stay with your existing energy supplier, contact them to find out if you are on their cheapest tariff. If you are on a ‘Standard Tariff’ you could be paying significantly more than the cheapest tariff they offer. But remember, you need to look at all energy suppliers and tariffs to be sure that you have got the best deal for you.
Renters can switch too
You don't need to own your home to switch energy tariff. Under Ofgem rules, if you pay the energy supplier directly, you are free to choose your own energy tariff and supplier and your landlord of letting agent should not unreasonably prevent this. You should check your tenancy agreement to see what it says about switching. Visit the Ofgem website for further guidance on Tenants' Energy Rights and to download their factsheet.
Energy Price Comparison Websites
There are a number of free comparison websites that make it easy for you to choose the cheapest tariff based on your situation.
Follow the link for a list of price comparison websites accredited to the Ofgem 'Compare with Confidence Code'. These websites are independent, and the information displayed in a fair and unbiased way.
Money Saving Expert also have the Cheap Energy Club. This is a useful tool that allows you to sign up to check if you're on the cheapest deal. It will then monitor your tariff and check that you are still on the cheapest tariff and update you if cheaper deals come along.
For residents in Adur & Worthing or Crawley, you may like to look at our collective switching scheme.