It’s summer, the sun is shining and we’re complaining as it’s too warm, muggy or rainy. The winter cold is but a distant memory but now is the perfect time to get on top of your energy use.
We have some handy hints and tips which will help you save money on your energy use this year.
When thinking of switching energy provider, do your research. Look up energy suppliers and see what offers and deals they have for you and which would work best for you. Sites like Compare The Market and uSwitch are useful tools when it comes to comparing deals.
Alternatively, call a couple of big named suppliers and see what they can do for you- tell them how much you spend and how much you use.
- British Gas 0800 980 6005
- EDF Energy 0800 056 5927
- EON 0333 202 4610
- nPower 0808 156 0056
- Scottish Power 0800 027 0404
- SSE 0800 048 2412
Before You Switch
Before changing suppliers you need;
- Your name and address
- The name of your current suppliers
- How much energy you use
- How much you spend on your energy and your payment methods
- The name of your current tariff
What to watch out for:
Some suppliers will charge you for switching
How Much Energy You Use
To find out how much energy you use, look at your old energy bills. There should be a section which details what your energy use has been for the time period the bill covers.
Alternatively, Which? are able to estimate your use. Just answer a few simple questions here.
How Much You Spend
Dig out old bills or start collecting bills from the winter months to see how much you’re spending on energy.
Alternatively, you could ring your energy supplier and ask for copies of previous bills.
The Name Of Your Tariff
Sometimes, suppliers give your tariff a name. As before, you can find this information on old bills. Alternatively, call your energy supplier to find out.
You can switch energy suppliers both on the internet and by telephone. When speaking to your current supplier, they may offer you a better deal. Make sure you understand whether it is actually better for you- don’t feel pressured to accept it right away.
Once you have finished your switching application, you then have up to 14 days to change your mind. Once this period is over, your current supplier will contact your new supplier and the switching process will begin. Note: Switching energy suppliers can take up to eight weeks. When the switch is completed, your new supplier will contact you to confirm that you are now their customer.
After You’ve Switched
So energy suppliers know how much energy you’ve used from either, you’ll be asked to provide both your old energy supplier and your new energy supplier with a meter reading. Your energy company should be able to talk you through this.
Switching From One Supplier To Another- Prepaid Meters
Many people on a prepaid meter don’t realise that they can switch energy suppliers, as long as you have no more than £500 on your current meter.
The process is the same as that listed above, so shop around for the best deals and save some money.
Switching From A Prepaid Meter To A Standard Meter
Some people may find that having a ‘pay as you go’ payment plan for their meter is more expensive than having a standard meter (also known as a credit meter). Some may even decide to switch from a meter payment method to a standard meter.
To switch to a standard meter, customers must first ring their energy supplier to find out what they need to do and what this process entails.
What to watch out for:
- Some energy suppliers may charge to remove the meter
- Customers may have to have a current account or be debt free for 3 months
Scam Prepayment Top Ups
There is currently a scam running where people are selling prepayment meter top ups door to door. If this happens, you should report them to Crimestoppers immediately. For more information, click here
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