Experts across the industry recommend that you switch your energy tariff either once per year, or once every two years, depending on the length of tariff you choose. Once your fixed period comes to an end your energy supplier will generally default you onto their Standard Variable Tariff (SVT). SVTs are £100s more expensive than the cheaper tariffs that are out there. We can help you find the right tariff and make sure you never pay the price cap.
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Frequently asked questions
Experts suggest that switching your energy tariff once every 1 or 2 years, depending on the length of your fixed deal, will help you avoid paying inflated costs for being on a Standard Variable Tariff (SVT), which is where you'll generally end up should your tariff expire. In Q1 2021, 10% of customers switching with Utility Switchboard saved at least £180 on their annual energy bills. For a few minutes of your time, that sure is a lot of money!
Switching also gives you complete freedom over what your preferences are when it comes to your energy. If you want green energy, a flexible tariff, you like a particular company's ethos, or whatever it is that you want, switching allows you to get that.
A unit rate is the amount that you will pay for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity or gas that you consume. This will generally be in pence and will be calculated by multiplying your usage by your unit rate. All energy tariffs in the UK are equipped with a unit rate and will be displayed as "Xp per kWh".
There's no hard or fast answer to that question without looking at the exact tariff that you are on. There's a common myth that suggests that if you are on a fixed tariff, you will have exit fees. This isn't always the case, in fact increasingly so, energy suppliers are removing exit fees from their tariffs to allow more freedom for their customers. Before you switch, though, it is important that you look at your tariff information (you can do this on a recent bill) to see if your tariff includes exit fees. If you do, these will usually be around £30-50 per fuel.
If you are responsible for paying the energy bills, no matter what your homeowner status you are legally permitted to switch energy supplier and/or tariff. If your landlord has a preference or is demanding that you remain with a specific supplier and/or tariff, you are not obligated to do so. You may, however, need to return your supplier to the original/preffered option when you end your tenancy.
If your landlord is the one who pays your energy supplier directly, then you do not have the right to switch supplier/tariff. If you wish to do so, you'd need to speak with your landlord and request that they do this, however, they are under no obligation to do so.
If you receive the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit, meaning you're in the core group, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to you to let you know that you're eligible for the Warm Home Discount and you should then receive the funds automatically. This is still the case if you switch provider.
If, however, you are in the broader group and you switch provider during the application process, you will likely have to reapply for the scheme with your new company. Please note that not all energy supplier take part in the Warm Home Discount scheme, so be careful that you choose a supplier who can offer you the discount if you are interested in receiving it.