Cosy up with the brightest bargains on gas and electricity this season

If you’re feeling let down by your gas and electricity supplier, or convinced everyone else is getting a better deal than you, you need to consider making the switch to a new supplier. Nobody says you have to get your gas and electricity from the same supplier either, although you’ll often find if you have dual fuel your supplier will provide you with a discount.

If you’re considering switching but unsure of your options, take a few minutes to read our handy guide to gas and electricity, and watch those savings add up!

Compare and contrast

We all know that comparison websites are a great way to find the best deals on a whole range of things, from gas and electricity to mobile phones and home broadband. But it helps to actually have an idea of what you’re looking for before you compare.
Having a recent energy bill to hand will allow you to compare your current tariff and spend using Uswitch, and see how much switching to a new supplier could save you. You can use the website even if you don’t have a bill to hand, but your results will be more accurate if you do. Do not forget to check with your existing supplier if there are cheaper tariffs and if it is possible to switch. Now it is easy and fast to get few quotes from several suppliers and don’t automatically switch to the cheapest one – take the time to visit their website, read any online reviews on them and see what sort of a reputation they have for customer service. Energy is one of the most important household bills you’ll pay, so the last thing you want is an unreliable supplier who treats their customers poorly.

Grab a great deal

There are plenty of great deals out there, so even if you’ve been with British Gas for your gas and electricity for the past decade, it’s never too late to switch. The switching process is usually simple – you’ll provide your new supplier with your meter readings and either they or you will contact your current supplier to let them know of the switchover date. Keep a copy of your meter readings in case of any confusion in the future. It’s as simple as that!
With some companies, you’ll get added extras, such as an energy meter which allows you to keep track of your gas and electricity usage, so you can become more energy efficient and reduce your bills, whilst also doing your bit for the environment. These added extras are a great bonus, but don’t let them sway you if the tariff isn’t actually going to save you money.
Take the time to research the various gas and electricity suppliers out there and then use comparison websites to compare prices, and you should be pocketing some extra cash from those savings come the New Year!