If you haven’t looked at how much you’re paying for your energy and shopped around for the best deal, there is a good chance that you are paying far more than you need to. Just as you would compare prices for car insurance or a mobile phone contract it’s often worthwhile to shop around for your energy supplier.
Before you switch it’s a good idea to check whether you’re eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme which can give you to up to £140 off your bill. Not every supplier offers it, so that’s why it’s important to find out before you switch.
There’s a vast difference between the cost of different tariffs and the ways to pay, for example prepayment and credit meters. Even if you stay with the same supplier, there are tariffs that could be cheaper for you such as on-peak and off-peak type tariffs or low energy user tariffs.
Looking online can be a great way to get started when shopping around for energy. You can find a list of Ofgem accredited energy comparison sites here. These are independent, and the options and prices you find on them will be calculated and displayed in a fair and accurate way – meaning you can be confident when shopping for energy.
If you have a prepayment meter you can still find out whether switching energy supplier could get you a better deal. Read more about prepayment meters here.