How to Switch Energy Suppliers
How easy is it to switch energy suppliers……. very easy!
How to switch energy supplier – It’s easy to do what you have always done and use the same suppliers time and time again, we do it with supermarkets and we do it with our energy suppliers, so maybe it’s now time to ask ourselves if we are really getting the bargain we first thought we was getting. Many of us are wary of changing suppliers and trying something new.
So, let’s tackle it now and be clear on what options there are out here for you and tackle those ‘barriers’ we think are there preventing us from switching suppliers.
It’s easier than you think!
According The Money Advice Service, changing supplier should not take more than 17 days to do from start to finish and you shouldn’t notice a difference in your actual heating.
First things first, you will need to know who your current supplier is and what is the tariff that you are currently on, you can get this information from a recent bill or your annual statement or by contacting your supplier. You will also need to know you own bank details or have these to hand so that you can give this information to your new supplier – don’t forget, setting up a Direct Debit with your supplier will help to reduce how much you pay in your bill. You are now ready to start comparing energy prices; you can find a list of accredited energy suppliers on the website of OFGEM who is the UK’s regulator of energy. There are however a lot of websites that can offer a quick comparison service and in most cases this is a free service that gives you a basic run down of the suppliers available and the tariff that they have.
Saying that, it’s always worth checking out the supplier’s own websites or contacting them for more information, just so you are completely clear on what you are signing up for.
Once you have chosen the supplier for you and have let them know, they will then go through step by step what will happen and in most cases you won’t have to do anything else, you can pretty much leave it in their hands. They will arrange a change over date and ask you for a meter reading, they will contact your old supplier and inform them of the change. You will receive a final bill from your old supplier and all of this should be completed within the 17 days.
Do you have a prepayment meter perhaps? You could still be able to switch supplier as a lot of energy providers like customers to have a pre payment meter installed and so shouldn’t be a problem in most cases. When you use the comparison websites they should tell you which providers require or have the option of pre payment meters. You should still be able to make a saving on switching if you have a prepayment meter although you may not save as much as those who don’t currently have one, but a saving is a saving at the end of the day!
If you find that you are struggling to make your payments then do speak to your supplier as in many cases they will understand and be able to offer options to you to help reduce the stress of this. Another option is to speak to someone who can advise you on an independent basis such as Citizens Advice, they can offer advice and help you to manage your bills and payments and is a free service.
Switch today and start saving pounds!