Saving on your energy bills is one of the easiest ways to cut back monthly expenses but people who have never switched before might think it’s long and confusing process.
You will be surprised at how easy it is and how much money you could save. With these simple steps, you could start saving £100’s. You only need a few things to get started and it only takes around ten minutes to complete the switch application.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start saving.
Who can switch their energy?
Switching your energy is quick and easy to do.
Most people can switch energy suppliers, but it’s best to check with your current supplier first if you will have to pay any early exit fees.
Take a look at this chart which should make it a bit clearer for you:
Information you need to switch
To make the process quicker you need to have your latest energy bill handy as this will contain pretty much all the information you need, including:
- Personal details and postcode.
- Your current gas and electricity supplier, and the name of your tariff.
- How much you use in kilowatt hours (kWh) on gas and electricity. You can find this on your recent bills or the annual energy statement sent by your supplier.
- Your bank details, if you decide to switch and wish to pay by direct debit.
How long does it take to switch?
It generally takes a few minutes to get a quote and around 10 minutes to complete the switch application.
Your energy switch should take no longer than 21 days to complete. Most switchovers will last 17 days. This also includes a 14-day cooling-off period.
Your supply will not be interrupted during the switchover. During this time, you can cancel your new plan.
Get in touch with your supplier to find out how long is left on your current tariff. If you’re choosing to switch early, you might have to pay an exit fee.
If you have 49 days or less until your plan expires, you can leave penalty-free.
It’s not as stressful as you may think!
Energy jargon to help you out
Dual Fuel plans usually offer discounts or incentives.
Which energy provider is best for you?
Do some research, look at reviews customers have left, look at what the company provides. This way you can confidently switch without any surprises.
To help you out, I did some research myself. The table below shows strengths and weaknesses of some of the most popular energy providers.
How does the NHS Energy Switch work?
Firstly, you need to register as a member with Health Service Discounts to be eligible to switch. Its free to join and free to use. Next, you need to go to the NHS Energy Switch page and click ‘Get Deal’.
How much can I save?
- Save up to £458*
- We have already saved over £10 million for our members.
- Includes a FREE switching service.
Switching is simple with a free with our no-hassle switching service.
It has never been simpler or more cost-effective to switch energy suppliers; you could save £100s in just 10 minutes. Here’s our easy-to-follow guide.
Step 1: Click Get Deal
Step 2: Input your postcode
Step 3: Provide details about your current supplier(s)
Step 4: Run the comparison and choose the right deal for you
Step 5: Switch and start saving!
What happens after you’ve switched?
There will be no interruptions, regardless of which supplier you choose.
Don’t worry, you won’t have any workmen coming to your house to fit new pipes and cables. The only thing that changes is the company that bills you.
Your new energy supplier will contact your old supplier and agree on a switch over date.
If you’ve switched gas and electricity, the dates may be different for each. Don’t worry though, you will always receive your energy during this process.
You’ll receive a welcome pack and letter from your new supplier. This will outline what you’ve agreed to and provide details of your new tariff. You may also hear from your old supplier but the only thing you need to give them is your final meter reading to ensure you receive an accurate final bill.
What to do if you change your mind?
If you decide that you no longer want to switch your supplier, just contact your new supplier and let them know. You have a cooling off period of 14 days. In this time, they will be able to cancel the switch for you without interrupting your supply.
Switching your energy and cutting down your energy bills is one of the easiest and quickest ways to save some money.
Once you’ve signed up to our website, keep an eye on your emails from Health Service Discounts for more information about the new tariffs.
Have you used the NHS Energy Switch before? How much did you save? Let us know in the comments section below.
* Our switching partner energyhelpline.com compares all publicly available energy tariffs under the OFGEM Confidence Code. 10% of customers switching their gas and electricity bills with energyhelpline (and their partners) between 1st Jan 2017 and 1st Nov 2018 saved £458 or more.
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