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Our energy comparison service is accredited by Ofgem. This means that our service is:

  • impartial – not biased to any supplier
  • comprehensive – compares all domestic tariffs from all suppliers
  • accurate and up to date

More information is available on the Ofgem website at www.ofgem.gov.uk

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Taking the time to compare gas and electricity suppliers can often feel like a chore but looking for the best deals is quick, easy and most importantly – it could help you save money by cutting energy costs.

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Why should I compare gas and electric?

Using gas and electricity comparison sites like Quotezone.co.uk to find yourself a better deal is good for all sorts of reasons, for instance, you could:

  • Save money – industry regulator Ofgem found that switching both gas and electricity could save you around £360 every year.
  • Discover better customer service – don’t put up with poor levels of service, if you’re unhappy with your current provider – switch.
  • Be greener – if you’re looking to be more environmentally friendly, consider switching to a green energy supplier or one that donates to environmental projects.
How long does it take to compare gas and electricity?

Running a gas and electric comparison online takes just a few minutes and could be time well spent because it could lead to a significant cut in your energy bills. All you need to do is answer a few questions about your current contract, the size of your home and your energy usage and we’ll take it from there.

Using the details you’ve provided, we’ll search all the best gas and electric deals available in your area and display those tariffs directly on the screen – that’s all there is to it.

What information do I need to compare gas and electric?

It’s helpful if you can have your most recent bills to hand as they’ll contain the answers to the questions we ask you, for example, we’ll need to know:

  • Who your current supplier is.
  • Your postcode – so we can check deals in your area.
  • The tariff you’re currently on.
  • Whether or not you have a prepayment meter or smart meter – as this can affect the types of deals we show you.
  • How much gas and electricity you typically use in kilowatt hours (kWh).
  • How you currently pay your bills and how you’d like to pay them in the future – for example, monthly direct debit.
  • If you can’t find or don’t have a recent bill, don’t worry, you can still do a gas and electric comparison but bear in mind that the quotes you receive may not be quite as accurate.
How long does it take to switch gas and electricity?

The switching process takes up to 21 days, but some switches take as little as 16 days.

Your new supplier will also handle the entire switching process from the moment you decide to switch. They’ll speak to your existing provider and let them know you’re switching and the two of them will work together to ensure your energy switch goes smoothly.

The only things you’ll need to do is confirm that you really do want to switch, take meter readings for each provider and settle any outstanding bills you may have.

Your new supplier will use all the existing pipes, ducts and cables so there’s no need for any disruption and you won’t be cut off at any point in the process.

You also have a 14-day cooling off period so it’s ok to change your mind – just make sure you let the new supplier know you want to cancel before those 14 days are up.

Do many people complete the switch after running an electricity and gas comparison?

In short – yes. In the year to January 2020, six million people chose to switch electricity provider because the energy comparison they ran revealed they could move to a much cheaper electric tariff, while 4.9 million people switched gas supplier during the same timeframe, according to figures from Ofgem.

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How do I ensure I’m comparing like for like when I’m looking for the cheapest electric and gas suppliers?

To ensure you get the best gas and electric deals on offer as well as value for money, you’ll need to ensure you’re comparing like for like. With that in mind, it’s important to consider:

  • Cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) – gas and electricity are both measured in kWh and suppliers will charge you for every unit you use so always compare what this is.
  • Standing charges – most (but not all) suppliers will include a daily standing charge, which is the amount it costs to supply gas and electricity to your home irrespective of how much energy you actually use. Standing charges differ by provider so it’s important to double check what it is. You may find that providers offering very cheap electricity and gas rates per kilowatt hour actually have quite a high standing charge – pushing up the overall price.
  • Membership fees - some gas and electric suppliers, such as Pure Planet offer very cheap gas and electricty prices but charge a monthly membership fee on top, so it’s important to factor this fee into the comparison in order to ensure you’re comparing like for like.
What is the best gas and electric tariff?

The best gas and electricity tariffs (or energy plans, as they’re sometimes known) for your home will be one that meets your needs as an energy user. Providers set their own specific terms and conditions, but the tariffs they offer will generally fall into one of these types:

  • Variable rate tariff – with this type of tariff the cost of energy goes up and down depending on the wholesale or market cost of gas and electricity. The most common type of variable tariff is the standard variable tariff or SVT. This is sometimes known as the default tariff for any given supplier. SVTs are generally expensive and you can unwittingly end up on an SVT if you don’t negotiate a new deal when your contract comes to an end. If you’re on a variable tariff, you’ll benefit if prices fall but you’ll face higher bills if prices rise.
  • Fixed rate tariff – with this type of tariff the price of your gas or electricity is fixed per kWh for an agreed period of time (usually for 12 or 18 months). Your bills can still go up or down, but this will be based on the amount of energy you use rather than the unit cost of it. If your energy use is consistent, a fixed rate tariff can help you stay within a budget.
  • Dual fuel tariff – this is where you buy both your gas and electricity from the same supplier. Very often you’ll be given a discount for buying both and it can be easier to manage from an administrative point of view as you only have one supplier to deal with.
  • Green tariff – a percentage of your gas and electricity will be from renewable sources such as solar, wind or hydroelectric power.
  • Economy 7/10 tariff – if you have an economy meter, you’ll get either 7 or 10 hours’ worth of cheap energy every day. This can be a good tariff if you can set appliances on a timer to make the most of off-peak costs.
  • Prepayment tariff – this is where you pay for your energy before you use it. Prepaid meters need to be topped up with money using either a key, token, card or app. This is usually a more expensive tariff and meters are often installed in homes where residents have had problems paying bills in the past. If you’ve bought a house with a prepayment meter you can ask to have it changed.
Who is the best gas and electric supplier?

This depends on what you’re looking for in a supplier so ultimately it’s up to you to decide. Some areas you might want to think about include:

  • Price – cost may be the overriding factor for you.
  • Levels of customer satisfaction – including how long it takes for problems to be resolved.
  • The environment – do you want a supplier that actively uses renewables or funds green projects?
  • Account management – some tariffs can only be managed in certain ways so if you have a preference for online or paper billing, then check to see what’s available.
Can I switch gas and electricity if I’m moving home?

Yes, and it can be great opportunity to make the switch. On moving day, note down your gas and electricity meter readings at your old home and your new home – you’ll need these to ensure you only pay for the energy you’ve used yourself.

When you’re in your new home, it’s likely you’ll initially be put on the energy provider’s SVT. When you’re settled, you can then search for new tariffs to suit you.

Can I switch gas and electric supplier if I’m in debt?

It’s always best to make sure you settle any outstanding bills before you switch.

If you’re heavily in debt with your current supplier they may not let you switch until you’ve paid off what you owe, but this is usually at their discretion.

Can I switch gas and electric if I rent?

If you pay your gas and electricity provider directly and it’s your name on the bills, then yes, you can switch gas and electricity supplier. Before you do, it’s a good idea to let your landlord know and to check the terms of your tenancy. Some landlords may have a preferred supplier, or there might be a clause in your tenancy agreement that requires you to switch back to the original provider when your tenancy comes to an end.

If your landlord pays your bills for you and you then pay them back, you can’t automatically switch gas and electricity. Instead, speak to your landlord about the benefits of a better deal.

Why should I use gas and electric comparison sites?

Comparison sites like Quotezone.co.uk make it easy to search and compare the best gas and electric deals. While it is possible to do this without the help of an electricity and gas comparison site, it’s much easy and quicker to use this type of platform.

To see how much you could save on your gas and electricity, start your quote online now.

FAQ

Energy FAQ

What do I need to switch online?

For an accurate quote, it’s best to have a recent utility bill in front of you as we’ll need to know your current consumption or expenditure along with you current tariff and postcode. If you don’t know how much energy you use we can still get you an estimate.

Then, if you find a tariff you’d like to switch to, you’ll just need to complete a form with details about you, your property and bank account if you are planning to pay by direct debit. Rest assured our web pages are secure, and your details will be encrypted and held securely.

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Why do you need my information?

To find the best deal for you we need to know how much energy you currently use and compare this with the tariffs available today.

So we can work out how much you currently use and spend, we need to know your current suppliers, current tariffs, your current payment method and either your current spend or consumption. It is better to tell us the consumption figure as this allows a more accurate calculation.

To work out the cheapest tariff for you to switch to, we need to know your supply area and preferred future payment method.

We also ask for your email address so that we may contact you about your results. We may also use your email address in line with our privacy policy.

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What if I don't know my energy usage?

If you don't have a recent bill to hand we will help you estimate your usage on our online form.

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What happens after I click ‘Apply Online’?

After you’ve completed the switch application, you’ll receive an email from us to confirm the supplier you’ve chosen to switch to.

Within the next 10-14 working days you should then hear from the new supplier. If they don’t hear from you, you’ll still transfer suppliers after your cooling-off period is complete – so you really only need to contact them if you want to cancel your switch.

Your new supplier will arrange the transfer for you. You do not need to contact your previous supplier. Once you have signed up for a new supply contract, your new supplier will let your previous supplier know on what date the change is taking place. You should ensure that you pay your final bill promptly. If you pay by direct debit or standing order, please make sure you cancel these arrangements once the final bill has been paid.

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Do I need to contact my current supplier?

No. Your new supplier will arrange the transfer for you. You do not need to contact your previous supplier. Once you have signed up for a new supply contract, your new supplier will let your previous supplier know on what date the change is taking place. You only need to send your old supplier meter readings on the day of your switch and ensure that any outstanding bills are paid. If you pay by direct debit or standing order, please make sure you cancel these arrangements once the final bill has been paid.

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Will there be any interruption to my gas or electricity supply if I switch?

Absolutely not. Your new supplier will use exactly the same wires, pipes and meters that you currently use. Your new supplier will also contact your existing supplier to arrange for the transfer of your supply. You will be asked for meter readings that will be used to both open your new account and close your old one and you will need to pay a final bill for your usage up until the point of transfer (this can take up to 6 weeks to arrive which could result in paying 2 companies at the same time). Your energy supply will not be interrupted and no physical work will need to be done to your property and the pipes will stay the same.

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When will I start paying my new supplier?

Your old supplier will send you a final bill for the period up until your switch date. On that day, your new supplier will take over. The actual date that you are charged by your new supplier will depend on the billing terms agreed with your new supplier.

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Do I have to cancel my Direct Debits?

Just to make sure you are not charged incorrectly we advise you call your bank and cancel your direct debit to your old supplier after the final payment is taken.

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How long will my switch take?

As of January 2015, the majority of switches will take roughly 17 days (three days plus a two-week cooling off period). Your new supplier will contact you to let you know your exact switch date. However please be aware that in certain circumstances some switches can take up to 6 weeks.

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How can I make sure I'm not billed twice?

Your new supplier will only start charging you from the switch date so you won’t pay twice for the same thing. Your new supplier will contact you after you’ve switched to give you your switch date.

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Will I be charged a cancellation fee?

If you’re on a fixed plan it may include a cancellation penalty if you switch before the end of the fixed period, so check the terms and conditions of your plan. Even if your plan has cancellation fees most suppliers will waive them if you switch within the last 49 days of your plan.

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Can I change my mind?

If you change your mind, and want to cancel your switch, you must contact the new supplier directly. Please allow 2 working days for your new supplier's system to be updated with your switch request before contacting them.

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What happens next?

Today - We've sent you email confirmation of your switch. Please save this email for reference.

7 to 14 days - You will be contacted by your new supplier to notify you of your new switch date. Please note you have a 14 day cool off period from the date you made your application to switch to cancel this switch if you wish. To cancel please contact your new supplier directly.

Up to 6 weeks - On the day of the switch, take a meter reading and send this to your old supplier. Pay your final bill and cancel any Direct Debits.

Switch complete - Start saving on your energy bills!

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What if I am in credit with my old supplier?

If you are in credit when you switch supplier, the money should be refunded to your account. But it's worth keeping an eye out for the payment and chasing it up if necessary.

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I am in debt to my supplier. Can I still switch?

If you havea prepayment meter and an outstanding balance your current supplier may object to your request to switch. However, if your outstanding balance is £500 or less per fuel, you may still be able to switch by agreeing to move the outstanding balance to your chosen supplier. For this option to progress your current supplier will need to share details of your outstanding balance with your chosen supplier. Your weekly repayment rate will remain unchanged, should the switch be successful.

If your outstanding balance is more than £500 per fuel, your switch cannot be processed online and you should contact your current supplier to understand your options.

If you pay by cheque, cash or Direct Debit, it depends on the supplier and you should contact them for more details.

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What if I don’t use gas in my home?

In that case, do not worry about applying for a dual fuel contract. Please select the option to compare ’Electric only’ at the top of our form.

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What are the benefits of signing up to a dual fuel contract (gas and electricity from the same supplier)?

There are two main benefits - price and convenience.

  • Companies offering dual fuel packages will sometimes offer you an additional discount if you buy both gas and electricity from them. This can vary from being a fixed reduction in the overall bill to a special rate for one or other of the fuels you take.
  • The benefit of convenience associated with dual fuel is that you only need to deal with one company should there be a bill query, complaint or when moving home. Certain suppliers will also offer the convenience of a single bill.
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Why are some suppliers or tariffs unavailable?

Sometimes we cannot switch you directly to a new tariff on our website because

  • a tariff may be unavailable to you due to your current circumstances e.g. you are currently receiving your gas and / or electricity from the supplier or
  • we do not have a commercial relationship with the supplier.

However we include all plans in your results to ensure we offer you a fair and full comparison.

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What is Ofgem?

Ofgem is the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. They are a non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority, recognised by EU Directives. Their principal duty is to protect the interests of consumers, both present and future. They do this in a variety of ways including:

  • promoting value for money
  • promoting security of supply and sustainability, for present and future generations of consumers, domestic and industrial users
  • the supervision and development of markets and competition
  • regulation and the delivery of Government schemes.

They work effectively with, but are independent of, government, the energy industry and other stakeholders within a legal framework determined by the UK government and the European Union.

They are not an advice agency nor are they a statutory regulator. Other bodies such as Consumer Direct, Citizens Advice, local authority trading standards and the Office of Fair Trading play these roles.

Ofgem is the best place to find help dealing with your energy supplier or to learn more about the energy industry in general. www.ofgem.gov.uk

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Where can I find information on energy efficiency?

Increasing your energy efficiency at home can be simpler than you think. There are plenty of ways to save energy and money that won't affect your lifestyle. Find more information on how to power your home efficiently from the following websites:

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What are gas meter (MPRN) and electricity (MPAN) numbers and how do I find them?

Your MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number) is the unique identifying number of the gas meter at your property. It is a 10 digit number, sometimes referred to as an "M" number, and can be found on your gas bill (generally on the back of the bill). If you can't locate your MPRN on the back of your gas bill or on your meter, you can call the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524.

Your MPAN is the unique identifying number of the electricity meter at your property. It is often referred to as a "Supply Number" or "S" number, and it can be found on your electricity bill (generally on the back of the bill). If you can't locate your number, you should contact your current electricity supplier.

Some suppliers do not require you to provide this information to complete a switch and can look up this information for you.

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What is an IGT (Independent Gas Transporter)?

The bulk of Britain's gas supplies are transported around the country by the National Grid. But in some instances, the job is done by an independent gas transportation (IGT) firm. About one million customers are currently served by an IGT, which is a small percentage of UK households.

An IGT is more likely to operate the gas distribution system if you live in a newer home that was built after 1995 when the market was opened up to competition. For example, IGTs frequently supply gas to modern housing developments because they offer competitive rates to house builders and developers to install a gas connection.

To make absolutely sure whether or not your gas is delivered by an IGT, you can look at the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) on your gas bill. If the MPRN is 10 digits long and begins with 74, 75, 76 or 77 then you are supplied by an Independent Gas Transporter. Alternatively you can call the Meter Point Administration Service on 0870 608 1524.

There is nothing wrong with IGTs.To transport gas a firm must hold a licence and satisfy strict safety requirements. However they can work out more expensive for customers because the energy supplier must pay both the National Grid and the IGT for the gas supply.Some energy suppliers will not accept new customers with an IGT, some will charge a fee and some will absorb the extra cost.

You should bear the charges in mind if you are comparing energy prices. Comparison websites cannot detect whether your address is served by an IGT, so the deals that come up on the screen will not include any extra costs. If you are currently supplied by an IGT, it's best to call your chosen new energy supplier to check whether or not there are any additional charges before switching.

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What is a kWh (kilowatt-hour)?

A kWh stands for kilowatt-hour - the unit used to measure energy use. 1 kWh will power 40 watt bulb for 25 hours

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What is the Personal Projection?

The Personal Projection estimates how much you're likely to pay for energy over the next 12 months. It takes into account the end date of a tariff if its fixed term, and the tariff you would roll on to at the end of a fixed term. This figure includes any discounts and VAT.

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What is TIL?

Tariff Information Labels (TILs) are a simple breakdown of the key details relating to energy tariffs for gas and electricity. TILs are printed on consumers’ Annual Statements and energy bills and are available to view on energy providers’ websites as of 31st March 2014.

Ofgem introduced TILs to make it easier for consumers to understand energy tariffs and make them easier to compare.

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What happens if my new supplier increases its prices or changes contract terms?

The supplier must provide at least 30 days’ notice in writing to announce significant changes in the terms of contract. You will then have a further 14 days to decide and let your existing supplier know whether you intend to end your contract and switch to another supplier. If you do decide to move within this timeframe, you will continue to be billed for the energy you use at the old contract terms until such time as you transfer to your new supplier. You will not be liable for any cancellation fees.

If you are unhappy with any price increase, please come back to us to see if we can get you a better deal.

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How do I make a complaint about an energy supplier?

If your complaint is regarding the supply of gas or electricity arranged via this website or the process of switching to a new supplier, then you should complain directly to that energy supplier. The relevant energy supplier will have its own complaints procedure. If you require their contact details please contact our customer relations team who will be happy to assist you.

We cannot answer complaints on behalf of an energy supplier or accept responsibility for any such complaints. We recommend that you visit the website of the energy supplier and follow their complaints procedure if you wish to make a complaint against them.

If an energy supplier is unable to resolve a complaint to your satisfaction and you have received a “deadlock” letter, or if your complaint is 8 weeks old or more you can contact the Ombudsman Services: Energy. This is a free, independent body that looks into complaints between customers and their energy suppliers.

Ombudsman Services: Energy contact details
Telephone: 0330 440 1624 (Mon - Fri, 9am – 5pm)
Website: www.ombudsman-services.org/energy
Address: Ombudsman Services: Energy, PO Box 966, Warrington, WA4 9DF
Email: enquries@os-energy.co.uk

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What should I do if I have difficulty paying my bills?

Under the terms of their supply license, suppliers must offer you help and advice if you have difficulties paying your bills. You should contact your supplier as soon as possible to discuss available options if you think that you may get into difficulties paying your bill.

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Are the rates shown up to date?

Energy suppliers send us their new rates as they become available. We also monitor the market for changes. Click here to see when rates were last updated.

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How do we make money?

Quotezone’s energy comparison service is completely free for you to use. We have agreed deals with some gas and electricity suppliers to receive a small commission payment when a customer chooses to switch through us.

Click here to see a list of the companies with which we have commercial agreements

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What is the Warm Home Discount?

You could get £140 off your electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The money isn't paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September and March.

You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2018 to 2019 closed on 31 March 2019. The 2019 to 2020 scheme will start on 14 October 2019.

The discount won't affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

Eligibility

There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:

How you apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.

Pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meters

You can still qualify for the discount if you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

Your electricity supplier can tell you how you’ll get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.

Park (mobile) homes

Applications for winter 2018 to 2019 have now closed.

Fill in the Park Homes Warm Home Discount application form to be contacted when the scheme reopens.

Energy Suppliers

The following suppliers are part of the scheme:

  • Angelic Energy - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Atlantic - see SSE
  • Avro Energy
  • Beam Energy - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Boost - see OVO
  • Bristol Energy - only if you’re eligible for the ‘core group’
  • British Gas
  • Bulb Energy
  • Citizen Energy - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Co-operative Energy
  • E (Gas and Electricity)
  • Ebico - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Economy Energy has closed - use Ovo Energy
  • EDF Energy
  • E.ON
  • Extra Energy has closed - use Scottish Power
  • First Utility - now Shell Energy
  • Flow Energy
  • Fosse Energy - see Robin Hood Energy
  • GB Energy - see Co-operative Energy
  • Great North Energy - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Green Network Energy
  • Green Star/Hudson
  • Liverpool Energy Community Company (LECCy) - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Lumo - see OVO
  • npower
  • Octopus Energy
  • Our Power has closed - use Utilita
  • OVO
  • Powershop - see npower
  • Ram Energy - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Robin Hood Energy - only if you’re eligible for the ‘core group’
  • Sainsbury’s Energy
  • Scottish Gas - see British Gas
  • Scottish Hydro - see SSE
  • ScottishPower
  • Shell Energy (previously First Utility)
  • Southern Electric - see SSE
  • Spark Energy has closed - use Ovo Energy
  • SSE
  • SWALEC - see SSE
  • Utilita
  • Utility Warehouse
  • White Rose Energy - see Robin Hood Energy
  • Your Energy Sussex - see Robin Hood Energy
What happens when a supplier goes bust?
Will my supply be cut off?

No, Ofgem will move you to a new supplier. Your energy supply won't be disrupted and a new supplier will be appointed to you. They advise that you take a meter reading and not to do anything until they have appointed a new supplier and they have been in contact with you.

Who will choose my new supplier?

Ofgem will choose your new supplier, following a competitive process designed to get the best deal for you.

When will I know who the new supplier is and the date I'll be switched to them?

Ofgem will make a decision on a new supplier as soon as possible and will announce these details on their website.

Ofgem will ask suppliers to bid to become the new supplier, so they can try and get the best possible deal for you in the circumstances.

After they have chosen them, you will be moved onto a new contract with the new supplier. It should only take them a few days to appoint a new supplier.

During this time, Ofgem's advice is to sit tight, don’t switch and wait until your new supplier contacts you. This will make sure the process is as hassle free as possible for you, including securing the return of any outstanding credit balance you may have.

Once you have been contacted by your new supplier, you should ask them to put you on their cheapest deal or shop around if you are not happy with them. You won’t be charged exit fees.

For more information visit Ofgem's guide https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/household-gas-and-electricity-guide/extra-help-energy-services/ofgem-safety-net-if-your-energy-supplier-goes-out-business

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