How do I switch?


How to Switch Supplier

We have many suppliers to choose from, regardless of where you live in Great Britain. You can choose separate companies to supply your gas and electricity, or you can choose one company to supply both. This is known as a dual fuel contract. It is usually cheaper to have a dual fuel contract.

To compare the prices being offered by different suppliers with the price from your current supplier, you will need to work out how much you are paying for your fuel each year. Our dedicated team of advisors are experts at working this out for you so if you are not sure please contact us on 01942 814023. Please make sure you have a recent bill to hand or if you pay by direct debit let us know what your monthly direct debit is. You can do this by looking at your bills for the past year.

Questions to ask

How much will the new supplier charge?

All suppliers have to publish their prices. They will send you details of their prices if you ask them. To make sure you get the best deal, it is worth shopping around and making comparisons between the prices offered by different suppliers in your area. This service is offered by Best Deal For You. Click here to find the best deal for you

How can I pay?

Suppliers usually offer a variety of payment options to customers, such as paying weekly, monthly or quarterly, as well as paying by cash, postal order, cheque, direct debit or in a prepayment meter. The cheapest way to pay is by direct debit. If you have a prepayment meter we can switch you to the cheapest supplier in your area and you can then ask them to install you a standard meter so you are able to pay by direct debit or should you prefer prepayment meters we will find the best tariff available in your area. You may also want to make sure that there are no penalties for cancelling a contract once you have signed it.

Which 'tariff' should I choose?

Be aware that some payment methods may be much more expensive than others. For example, it is usually cheaper to manage your fuel bills online or pay by monthly direct debit, than to pay by cheque or cash on a quarterly basis. Different tariffs (or prices) are offered to different consumers according to their preferences.

Whatever price you are quoted, you should make sure that it includes VAT, which is charged at 5% on electricity and gas bills. This is why all the prices that we quote you at Best Deal For You include VAT at 5%.

Do they have any extra or hidden charges?

Some suppliers add a daily standing charge to your fuel bill and others do not. Those companies that do not add a standing charge may instead ask for a higher unit price for the gas and electricity you use. This is because there are 2 different ways a tariff is structured. You either pay a standing charge and 1 low kilowatt-hour (kwh) rate for what you use OR a no standing charge (NSC) tariff; where you pay a higher rate for a certain number of units per quarter and a lower rate thereafter.

The way a tariff is structured does NOT mean if is cheaper or more expensive. This is dependent on your usage levels, where you live and ultimately the unit rates offered by the supplier. We use a special calculator to work this out for you! Click here to find out the best deal for you or  gas only, or electricity only

Do they have a high number of complaints about their service?

If you are interested in the quality of service you are likely to receive from a new supplier, as well as the prices they will charge, it is worth asking about their performance.

Changing your supplier

Once you are happy that you have selected the supplier best suited to meet your needs, changing is a fairly simple process:

  • We will arrange the supplier change for you. The transfer process should take between four and  six weeks to complete. You have a 14 day cooling off period should you change your mind. Your new supplier will tell you about the progress of your transfer.
  • Pay any outstanding bills owing to your existing supplier. If you do not, they may prevent you from transferring.
  • Take a meter reading on the day you change supplier. If your old supplier does not use it to work out your final bill, or your new supplier does not use it as the starting point for your first bill, let them know the meter reading you have taken.

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