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Why switch energy supplier?

The easiest way to reduce your energy bills is to minimize usage in the first place! Next is to switch supplier, which is as easy as entering your postcode. So why aren’t consumers doing this? Is it complacency? A lack of time? No access to the internet? The hassle of changing banking details? Or not knowing how big the savings can be? We expect all the above are contributing to us not switching enough.

Should you switch?

Yes. Your current supplier is not going to tell you if their tariffs are uncompetitive – why should they? You can’t complain about high energy bills if you don’t take action today both by saving energy and by switching. This is how we can encourage a more competitive energy market. The chances are if you’ve never switched or haven’t switched in past 12 months, you’re paying a hefty price! Here’s Sust-it’s guide to switching…

How to switch energy supplier

Before you start to make a comparison having a previous utility bill to hand will help you provide the following information:

  • your postcode.
  • your current gas and electricity supplier;
  • your tariff, which should be on your bill;
  • how much you spend or the amount you use in kilowatt hours

(you can switch without this, however having the above information will ensure you get the best possible deal)

Enter this information into your chosen switching service and it will show you the cheapest deals based on energy usage. Pick the tariff/supplier you want and enter your bank details to set up a direct debit (this gives you the cheapest deals). The chosen supplier will arrange the changeover process; you’ll be asked to submit meter readings, then your existing supplier will send a final bill. The whole process takes between two and six weeks – hopefully Government pressure will speed this process up soon!

Switch with Sust-it here…


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4 Responses to Why switch energy supplier?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been looking for an energy company, and I think that being able to get some ideas would be good. I’m glad you talked about how you should go about switching energy suppliers, which I think is helpful information. I’m going to have to look for some good energy options and see what I can

  2. Jeremy Thompson says:

    It’s great to be aware that our current suppliers wouldn’t be honest when it comes to competitors and their tariffs. I’ll be sure to find aid and compare the currently available providers in our area. Thanks for the great read!

  3. Thomas Rogers says:

    Having completed over 1000 switches for our customers, there are a few FAQs that often put peoples’ minds at ease.
    1. Just because you live in small flat and use little energy doesn’t mean you can’t save. You are charged a fixed fee every day for having energy supplied and this can often be significantly reduced.
    2. It’s important to realise that switching supplier is only a change in which company is buying energy for the national grid. What comes through your pipes and wires is exactly the same and requires no one to visit your house
    3. With most fixed energy tariffs ending after a year, you should be switching energy provider at least every 12 months. So if you haven’t switched for years, now is the perfect time to spend 15 minutes getting out your bill and switching supplier
    4. There are a few small suppliers to be avoided, but most energy companies regularly and reliably switch people to their tariffs. So unless they are getting 1 star reviews on trustpilot, do not be too easily scared by the small suppliers where the savings are the greatest.

  4. Marcus Coons says:

    Thank you for talking about how you need to have a utility bill on hand in order to be able to compare rates and choose the best energy provider. I can see that doing this can help you avoid stressing out about how having enough info and make sure you get the best rates in your area. It is important to remember that reading online reviews can also help you understand what type of customer service the electric company has and be able to choose one that has a good reputation and is trusted.

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